We can help you manage those activities that have or can have an impact on the environment, which are constantly in a state of flux as environmental legislation and standards evolve alongside our growing understanding of the environment and its related processes and disciplines.To stay abreast of this scientific, technological and legislative evolution we continually develop and review our services and approach, ensuring that our clients are best advised of current and future demands.
Our approach to environmental management is systematic and sustainable and is based on documented procedures which identify, quantify and manage significant environmental issues for:
- Managing environmental issue;
- Improving environmental performance; and
- Reducing environmental risk and impact as measured by some objective criteria.
We can help you achieve sustainable development by:
- Analysing baseline conditions at potential development sites;
- Identifying environmental constraints;
- Liaising with planning authorities and regulatory agencies; and
- Introducing solutions to:
- mitigate environmental impacts;
- enhance the environment.
Our core environmental management systems and tools
As with all management functions, effective environmental management systems, tools and standards are required. Our core skills and experience are in the following:
- Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) - a system of incorporating environmental considerations into policies, plans, and programmes
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) - an assessment of the possible positive or negative impact that a proposed project may have on the environment, together consisting of the natural, social and economic aspects
- Social Impact Assessment (SIA) - a methodology to review the social effects of infrastructure projects and other development interventions
- Integrated Environment Assessment (IEA) - integrates social, economic and environmental issues to show the cause-effect linkages of human and natural action on the environment, and in turn, the resultant environmental change in the state of the environment and human well-being.
We assess individual projects in the context of their local area and introduce solutions that mitigate impacts and enhance the environment.
Our other environmental management systems and tools
In collaboration with our strategic partners, we can also use the following environmental management systems and tools:
- Environmental Policy - to clearly set out the overall aims and intentions of an organisation with respect to the environment
- Environmental Management System Schemes (ISO 14001 and European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)) - to manage organisations’ environmental affairs in a planned and systematic way and identify ways of improving their environmental performance that most benefit their business performance
- Environmental Auditing - to check whether an organisation is doing what it should be doing (e.g., legislative compliance, conformance with industry sector best practice guidelines, etc,)
- Environmental Indicators - to measure organisations’ environmental performance and their efforts to improve their performance
- Eco-Balance - to record an organisation’s various raw materials, energy, resources, products and wastes entering, held within and leaving an organisation over a specified period of time
- Life Cycle Assessment - to identify and assess the various environmental impacts associated with a particular product - i.e. from the raw materials acquisition through its production and use to its final disposal
- Environmental Labelling Schemes - to award an environmental label to those products that are judged to be less harmful to the environment than others within the same product group;
- Environmental Reporting - to communicate an organisation’s performance and results to the outside world and improve an organisation’s public image and relationships with stakeholders;
- Environmental Charters - for an organisation to subscribe to in order to demonstrate its commitment to responsible environmental management.
We can guide you through these processes and represent your interests through consultation with regulators, planning authorities and other stakeholders.