Project Screening Lists

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The following tables are an example of a project screening list provided by the Commission for European Communities.


Screening List A: Projects requiring no environmental analysis

DG VII Sectoral Classification
Education Educational facilities (small-scale)

Teaching facilities and equipment
Scholarships and conferences
Teaching staff and resource personnel
Audio-visual productions

Health Medical centres (small-scale)

Medical supplies and equipment
Medical staff and community health workers

Population Family Planning


PRODUCTION SECTOR Trade (except trade in tropical hardwoods,

endangered species, hazardous materials)

MULTI SECTOR Micro-projects/programmes (small-scale capital and service)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Programme assistance (general and sectoral import programmes)

Non-project/special country support (stabex)

FOOD AID Food aid*
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS Emergency assistance

Assistance to refugee returnees and displaced persons

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Studies, including evaluations

Technical assistance for project implementation
Technical assistance for policy formulation
Works supervision
Institution building at the government/local level

  • Under certain local circumstances, the Delegation can over-ride this categorisation and place the project in Category B, for instance in cases of substantial amounts of food aid.

Screening List B: Projects requiring further environmental analysis

DG VIII Sectoral Classifications
1. Rural and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Rural water supply and sanitation

Land drainage (small scale)
Sewerage systems
Installations for the disposal of sewerage sludge

2. Waste Disposal Recycling plants

Installations for the disposal of domestic refuse (large scale)

3. Urban Development Housing and commercial projects
4. Transport Upgrading/rehabilitation of major rural roads

Airports with basic runway length less than 2,100m

5. Ports and Harbours Inland ports which permit the passage of vessels under 1350 tonnes

Upgrading of port or harbour facilities (large scale)

6. Energy Thermal power stations and other combustion installations with a heat output of less than 300 megawatts

Electricity transmission lines
Rural electrification
Renewable energy (large scale)

7. Agriculture Widespread introduction of new management practices (eg. mechanisation, mixed cropping)

Widespread introduction of new crops
Pest control programmes (large scale)
Widespread introduction of fertilisers
Watershed management and rehabilitation

8. Irrigation Surface-water fed irrigation projects covering between 100 and 500 ha

Ground-water fed irrigation projects covering between 200 and 1000 ha

9. Forestry Protected forest reserves (large-scale)

Agro-forestry (large-scale)
Productive forest reserves (large-scale)

10. Livestock Intensive rearing of cattle (>50 heads), pigs (>100 heads), or poultry (>500 heads)
11. Fisheries and Aquaculture Intensive aquaculture (large-scale)

Extensive aquaculture (exceeding 50ha, or exceeding 10ha if affecting mangroves)
Artisanal fisheries (large-scale)
Introduction of new species
Introduction of new harvesting technology

12. Mineral Extraction and Processing Extraction of aggregate minerals such as marble, sand, gravel, shale, salt, phosphates and potash

Extraction of non-metallic or energy producing minerals (small-scale)

13. Industry Agro-industries, including manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats, manufacture, packing and canning of animal, fish and vegetable products

Manufacture of timber products, pulp, paper and board (large-scale)
Tannery and leather-dressing factories
Production of chemicals, including pesticides (smallscale)
Industries utilising hazardous materials (small-scale)

14. Tourism Accommodation (large-scale)

Amenities (large-scale), such as water, energy, sanitation, waste disposal
Facilities (large-scale), such as beach use, marinas, modifications to ports, entertainment complexes
Ecological or cultural-tourism (dependent upon conservation-worthy ecosystems, flora or fauna; or local populations with a particular cultural identity)

15. Resettlement All other resettlement schemes

Screening List C: Projects requiring a full Environmental Impact Assessment

DG VIII Sectoral Classifications
1. Rural and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Canalisation and flood-relief works (large-scale)

Dams and reservoirs (medium and large-scale)
Wastewater treatment plants (large-scale)
Land drainage (large-scale)

2. Waste Disposal Waste disposal installations for the incineration, chemical treatment or land fill of toxic, hazardous and dangerous wastes

Installations for the disposal in industrial wastes

3. Urban Development Hospital and educational facilities (large-scale)
4. Transport Major urban roads

New and upgraded motorways/express roads
Rural road programmes
Oil and gas pipelines and installations
Rail infrastructure
Elevated and underground railways and suspended lines used mainly for passenger transport
Inland waterways
Airports with a basic runway length of 2,100m or more

5. Ports and Harbours Trading ports

Ports for inland waterways traffic which permit the passage of vessels over 1350 tonnes
Large scale expansions to existing ports and harbours

6. Energy Thermal power stations and other combustion installations with a heat output of 300 megawatts or more

Hydroelectric power (large-scale)

7. Agriculture Land clearing/conversion to agriculture (large-scale)

Land reclamation (large-scale)

8. Irrigation Surface-water fed irrigation projects covering more than 500 ha

Ground-water fed irrigation projects more than 1000 ha

9. Forestry Plantation afforestation/reforestation (large-scale)
10. Livestock Large-scale open range rearing of cattle, horses, sheep etc
11. Fisheries and Aquaculture Industrial Fisheries
12. Mineral Extraction and Processing Deep drilling, such as geothermal, oil, and water supplies

Extraction of metallic and energy-producing minerals by open-cast mining
Extraction of coal/lignite by underground or opencast mining
Surface industrial installations for the extraction of coal, petroleum, natural gas and ores
On-site mineral processing facilities (large-scale)

13. Industry Industrial estates

Major industrial facilities including the following:

  • Oil refineries
  • Gasification or liquefaction plants of 500 tonnes or more of coal or bituminous shale per day
  • Installations for the production of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including smelting, refining, drawing, rolling and surface treatment (largescale)
  • Installations for the extraction and processing of asbestos and cement products
  • Treatment and production of chemicals (largescale), including integrated chemical installations
  • Manufacture or transport of pesticides or other hazardous and/or toxic materials
14. Tourism Coastal development (large-scale)
15. Resettlement Resettlement schemes (large-scale)


Commission of the European Communities (CEC), Directorate-General for Development (1993) Environment Manual Development Procedures and Methodology Governing Lome IV Development Co-operation Projects - User’s Guide. CEC, Brussels.