Environmental & Social Impact Assessment

SLR provides a full range of EIA and SEA services to clients across all our business sectors and throughout all our international operating areas.

SLR provides a diverse range of services to assist clients who need to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in support of a specific development, or a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of a larger scale concept or planning policy. The level of support SLR can offer ranges from individual technical sections through to complete management of the SEA / EIA and the associated planning process. We are particularly used to assessing large, complex projects across all Business Areas and throughout all of our international operating areas.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process used to assess the environmental and socio-economic consequences (which can be positive as well as negative) of a project and provides information to decision makers and stakeholders prior to deciding whether or not to permit a project.

Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) are prepared to ensure that environmental, socio-economic and sustainability aspects are considered effectively in policy, plan and programme making.

Many of the staff managing the EIA process, and the technical experts contributing to the assessment also have Expert Witness experience.

How can SLR Help?

Clients are typically developers or industrial clients, but SLR also provides pragmatic reviews of EIA work to regulators and other interested parties. SLR’s SEA clients tend to be governmental and regulatory bodies that wish to assess the impacts of their policy-making guidance and decisions.

SLR can manage and deliver an entire EIA project from concept, pre-feasibility through to feasibility using experienced EIA project managers and its teams of technical specialists; or our technical experts can provide input on one or more discrete EIA topics. We also have key staff that are able to provide technical peer review as may be required for the more contentious projects to ensure that the assessment is robust and thorough.

SLR’s approach to EIA work is iterative, working constructively to assess impacts and then to optimise project proposals to minimise those impacts whilst maintaining project viability. SLR’s EIA managers have expertise in specific business sectors which they use to work pro-actively with their colleagues and clients to achieve a positive outcome.

Many of SLR’s technical experts are practised at presenting technical evidence to regulatory bodies at decision making hearings as professional and/or judicial expert witnesses.

  • Full EIAs or free-standing technical reports from in-house experts.
  • Many technical disciplines also have expert witness experience that can assist on more complex and contentious developments.
  • Providing planning and environmental support for a range of development schemes.

Services

ESIA Scoping

SLR has vast experience in looking at projects with an impartial eye and providing an opinion on what environmental topics can be scoped out and those that are necessary.

ESIA project management

SLR has a depth of knowledge and experience in the field of environmental and social assessment and have applied this knowledge in a range of projects within extractive, power and other industrial sectors.

Environmental & Social Due Diligence (ESDD)

SLR has a depth of knowledge and experience in the field of environmental and social due diligence, working in various countries and sectors (infrastructures, oil & gas, power, etc.). SLR conducts comprehensive ESDD helping the client to understand risks and liabilities associated with a transaction or an investment and set out[...]

Environmental & Social Impact (ESIA) Screening

We have substantial experience in assessing whether proposed developments require an ESIA and experience of formulating ESIA screening requests to the appropriate regulators.

Environmental Audits

Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements is important in gaining stakeholder social licence to operate. Undertaking routine scheme audits provides confidence in management and operational procedures, but also valuable operational information to enhance operational efficiencies.

Gender Action Plan

A Gender Action Plan (GAP) is the framework for promoting gender equality and equality of opportunities, two of the principal elements in the promotion of sound business management and the advancement of sustainable growth in countries. SLR produces GAP that are context specific in order to (i) understand which areas[...]

Human rights assessment

Nowadays, companies are increasingly expected to demonstrate that, in their business dealings, they safeguard the human rights of those who may be affected by their Project and through their supply and value chains. Corporate responsibility to respect human rights is the second pillar of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles[...]

Indigenous people

We recognise that as companies expand their geographic scope of operations and explore in locations traditionally inhabited by indigenous peoples, there is a need for social skills and mechanisms to assist with this process which recognises the specific cultural, health, economic and political vulnerabilities that these people often endure. SLR[...]

Land Acquisition & Resettlement Actions Plans (RAP)

By working in partnership with project managers, governments and affected people, we address the socio-economic, cultural and environmental risks inherent in resettlement; maintain displaced communities’ living conditions; and create opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods and local economic development. We help our clients to meet their corporate social commitments; to achieve th[...]

Social and Environmental Management Plans (ESMP)

Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) is the main output resulting from the ESIA and detailing the mitigation measures that will have to be implemented and monitored during Project construction and operation phases. SLR has a very strong experience elaborating such documents in close collaboration with projects developers, International Financial[...]

Stakeholder Engagement & Consultation

A core principle for sustainable development is that a decision, project or initiative needs to be financially viable, environmentally responsible and socially acceptable. Lack of stakeholder and community acceptance is a key project risk factor.

Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)

SLR produces SEP that favours a qualitative approach to better understand the root cause of stakeholder behaviour, and a collaborative one to capture all interests. Our teams propose a structured and operational communication system that includes all the different stakeholders and adapts the nature, scale and frequency of engagement according to the level of risks and potential impacts the project is likely to create.

SLR Capabilities

  • Screening and scoping support and advice.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) capability and expertise.
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) capability and expertise.
  • Global planning support.
  • Expert Witness across a range of technical disciplines.

For more information

Please contact a member of our team below to discuss your specific requirements or for a quotation.