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.
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.
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.
- 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.