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Building Environmental Assessment CONsensus on the Trans-European Transport Network

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Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

BEACON addresses the broad issue of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of transport infrastructure. BEACON directly addresses all major societal challenges that the European continent is currently facing:

  • environment
  • employment
  • education
  • working conditions
  • quality of life in general.
  • Establishing a platform for discussion that, by bringing together all categories of involved stakeholders, can lead to achieving consensus on concepts, methodologies and practice of SEA applied to transport infrastructure;
  • Providing explicit opportunities to link research results to policy making;
  • Ensuring that the appropriate level of dissemination of research results is reached, notably targeting policy makers and practitioners;
  • Issuing methodological recommendations on SEA in the transport sector;
  • Identifying and illustrating examples of best practice in transport SEA;
  • Providing support to the implementation of SEA for selected sections of the TEN.
  • Organisation of 2 Workshops, 1 Conference, and a series of technical meetings involving experts, representatives of Member States (in both the transport and environment administrations) and of the European Commission.
  • Drafting, discussion and circulation of a large number of technical papers covering all aspects of SEA, providing both methodological and practical insights as well as an updated account of the State-of-the-Art across the EU.
  • Production of a large number of Deliverables, which present and summarise the results of the State-of-the-Art analyses carried out by the Consortium, and incorporate the findings of the discussions staged during the Workshops, the Technical Meetings and the Final Conference.
  • Establishment and continuous updating of a dedicated website on transport SEA, to serve as a unique reference in the field.
  • Revision of the Transport SEA Manual issued by DG TREN in 1999, and drafting of an updated and largely revised version of the latter.
  • Contribution to the scoping of selected TEN-T corridors, also to illustrate the potentialities of SEA in transport infrastructure planning.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)


  • An updated, comparative appraisal of the current state of development of SEA across the EU (illustrated in the relevant Deliverables and in selected Technical Papers.
  • The achievement of consensus (within the BEACON network, which includes representatives of both the research and the policy community, from a large number of EU Member States) on a variety of critical issues associated to the adoption of SEA in the transport sector (illustrated in the 'statements' issued at the end of each main BEACON event).
  • The production of the new Transport SEA Manual, reflecting the above consensus.
  • The demonstration, through selected examples, of how SEA can support transport planning, notably in the framework of the TEN-T development (illustrated in the relevant Deliverable).

Technical Implications

Future exploitation is directly geared to:

  • The diffusion and extensive adoption of the Manual, as the preferred means to foster the application of the 'SEA Directive';
  • The consolidation and promotion of the BEACON website, which should become a unique resource for the transport SEA community;
  • The consolidation of the BEACON network, as the privileged discussion forum on the future developments of transport SEA.


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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