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February 08, 2018

PLIA and Ecology Optimistic about First Month of New Technical Assistance Program

In a recent presentation to the Northwest Environmental Business Council, the Director of the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA), Russ Olsen, was pleased with the progress of the new Petroleum Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), citing the successful entry of 48 sites into the new program, which provides technical assistance and opinion letters on low- and medium risk sites where petroleum is the only contamination.

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January 22, 2018

Managing Recyclables Price Risk – Is the Sector Missing a Partner?

Does reluctance in the waste sector to manage recyclables price risk presents opportunities for the insurance sector? Over 6 million tonnes of recyclables (e.g. paper, card, metals, plastics, glass) are collected annually from 23 million households in England and the volumes are expected to increase further in the future. The responsibility for providing household recyclables collection service in England sits with c.320 local authorities, of which over 170 have contracts with private waste management companies for the provision of collection services.

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October 23, 2017

SLR presents in IEMA webinar on ISO14001

​On the 18th of October Nigel Leehane, Technical Director at SLR, and Toby Bridgeman from British Gypsum joined BSI and IEMA in sharing a webinar titled 'ISO 14001 – thinking about context of the organisation and interested parties​​'. The webinar explored the ISO14001:2015 requirements for organisational context and interested parties, as well as the potential value and approaches to addressing them. ​

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September 29, 2017

We're on the move in Perth

SLR Consulting will relocate to the Perth CBD on Monday 3 October to accommodate for the continued growth of the business. After commencing operations in Western Australia nine years ago, the company has expanded its technical capability and range of clients across numerous business sectors.

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August 17, 2017

SLR provides environmental, social and governance due diligence for Enko Capital

SLR’s Africa Advisory Services have recently provided environmental, social and governance due diligence services for Enko Capital’s expansion capital investment in AMI Logistics. Enko Capital is an asset management company focussed on African investment, and their $7 million transaction gives the $64 million Enko Africa Private Equity Fund a significant minority stake in AMI, as well as a seat on AMI’s board.

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August 08, 2017

SLR Launches Landscape Architecture in Asia Pacific

SLR has this week announced the further expansion of its services in Asia Pacific with the launch of Landscape Architecture. Previously only serviced from the European region, the additional expertise will be of great benefit to existing and new SLR clients involved with urban regeneration and development sectors.

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June 23, 2017

SLR Appoint New Air Quality Technical Lead in APAC

SLR is pleased to announced the appointment of Graeme Starke to lead the Air Quality team in the Asia Pacific region. Graeme brings more than seventeen years’ experience and has a particular focus in the assessment of the environmental effects of air discharges, emission inventories, atmospheric dispersion modelling, management plans and air monitoring.

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June 08, 2017

Victoria’s “Better Apartment Design Standards” and noise – what does it mean for your site?

The State of Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) have recently released their ‘Better Apartment Design Standards’ (BADS) which includes internal noise requirements for apartment buildings. These requirements are for properties within stated catchment areas from industrial, road and rail land uses. This has the potential to impact over 400,000 land parcels within Greater Melbourne. SLR have developed the tools to quickly and easily support our clients in screening sites for possible noise implications. This is to help understand the potential cost impacts due to noise abatement during early costing exercises on a development site. Ben Hinze (Manger – Environmental Mapping) and Alex Campbell (Sector Lead – Infrastructure) provide a summary of the impacts and an enlightening case study.

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May 30, 2017

SLR Support INEOS Acquisition of Dong Oil & Gas

The SLR Oil & Gas Advisory team assisted INEOS’ with their recently announced acquisition of Dong Oil & Gas Business from DONG Energy for a payment of $1.05 billion, plus a contingent payment of $250 million. The acquisition positions INEOS as a top ten company in the North Sea and the biggest privately owned exploration and production business operating in...

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May 17, 2017

Welcome Kerry Mierau to SLR's Growing Wastewater Team

Senior Project Manager, Kerry Mierau, has joined SLR bringing over 15 years of experience with supporting and managing projects in the area of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting. Her expertise includes preparing new, renewal and modification NPDES discharge permit applications, CWA 316(b) cooling water intake support, aquatic bio-assessments, whole effluent toxicity (WET) and aquatic toxicity, water quality-based effluent limit derivation, and site-specific criteria development. Ms. Mierau has also served as supporting or lead eco-toxicologist in the development of registration dossiers under REACH regulations for more than 20 substances.

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May 16, 2017

The New EIA Regulations 2017 – it should be business as usual

Like you, staff at SLR are receiving many briefings being circulated about the new EIA Regulations. Much of the comment appears to be raising the potential for concern, pushing those developing projects to seek additional advice that in reality may well be unnecessary. Our perspective is that if you were already pro-actively applying the old EIA Regulations to the specific advantage of your project, then the new regulations change little.

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May 12, 2017

SLR Strengthens Engineering Capability

SLR has this week announced the appointment of Trent Collins as Principal Consultant in the firm’s Mine Waste Engineering team. Trent has over sixteen years’ experience in the geotechnical industry with a focus on Mine Waste, Tailings Dams and Earthworks Construction.

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May 11, 2017

SLR Published in CIWM - May 2017 Edition

SLR's Greg Altria and Sarah Lovell (Associates - EMPC) have had an article published in the May edition of CIWM magazine. In the piece, the two look at the continued economic benefits of obtaining recovery status for waste deposit activities.

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May 11, 2017

Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week

Road Safety is one of the most important community issues worldwide. Whilst it is a global problem, we all need to think “and act” locally to seek an improvement in road safety and a reduction of injuries and fatalities on our transport network.

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April 20, 2017

SLR Expands Wastewater Services in South Central Region

SLR is pleased to welcome Managing Principal, D’Ann Wilkins, who has opened a new office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in March 2017. With over 20 years of experience in water treatment and wastewater services, D’Ann will further develop SLR’s technical service offerings in the engineering and water quality service area.

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April 13, 2017

SLR announces growth in revenue and profit for 2016

​ SLR has released its financial accounts and annual report for 2016. These show another year of progress for the company with group revenue up 3.5% to £112.6 million and profit (as measured by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation EBITDA) up 17.5% to £13.3 million.

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April 11, 2017

SLR Success at Red Barns Quarry

SLR has been successful in obtaining planning permission for Ibstock Brick to extend their brick clay quarry at Red Barns, near Wardley, South Tyneside. The expansion in the existing quarry was necessary to underpin the recent investment at Throckley Brickworks which has increased its production rate for the manufacture of bricks.

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March 08, 2017

Celebrating International Women's Day

SLR is fortunate to employ many intelligent and inspiring women who have worked hard in their chosen fields, and have made their own mark on the company. To celebrate International Women’s Day (8th of March) we want to share with you the stories of some of these women. So, having asked many of the senior women in SLR what International Women’s Day means to them, we are delivering their stories, opinions and anecdotes.

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March 06, 2017

Achieving Successful Mine Closure

With the commodity price recovery and an optimistic medium term outlook in the mining sector it means that Mine Closure Planning can now cease and we should start focussing on operations again.....WRONG!

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February 21, 2017

The Semantics of Terminology and Cultural Heritage

As published in The Economist, Tim Malim (BA, FSA, MCIfA) Technical Director, Archaeology & Heritage discusses how the standards for a Cultural Heritage Environmental Impact Assessment study have had to become more robust in order to withstand judicial review and cross-examination.

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February 10, 2017

SLR’s Fingal Heritage Project is nominated for prestigious planning industry award

​Fingal Heritage Project is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Heritage at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

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February 01, 2017

Key Waste Management Professional joins SLR

​​​​SLR has recently appointed Lono Tyson to lead the firm’s Waste and Resource Management Services in Asia Pacific. Lono brings more than 20 years of international experience in waste management including planning, approvals, design, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and rehabilitation of municipal solid waste management facilities.

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January 27, 2017

Mining and Risk Breakfast – Guest Speaker Ian Hannam, Founder Hannam and Partners

Global environmental consultancy SLR and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar on Wednesday 25 January 2017, 8AM to 10AM at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “helping companies and investors realise opportunities in complex environments”. It was attended by 91 invited guests from the mining, insurance, capital markets and risk industries.

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January 25, 2017

SLR Expands Engineering Capability in APAC

SLR has recently expanded its Engineering capability with the appointment of Peter Cupitt as Principal Water/Wastewater Engineer. Peter joins former colleague Paul Delaney in the Civil and Structural Engineering team based from the company’s Newcastle premises.

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January 23, 2017

Successful Appeal for SLR at East Ardsley

Having provided landscape expert witness services to Barratt David Wilson Homes, SLR is delighted that the Secretary of State has allowed the Appeal at Bradford Road, East Ardsley, and has given Barratt David Wilson outline consent for the construction of 299 homes.

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January 23, 2017

SLR Published in The Environmentalist

Nigel Leehane, SLR's Technical Director - Environment Management, Permitting & Compliance, has been published in The Environmentalist. You can read his article below, which discusses the reliability of information in corporate environmental reports, and how a new standard could improve assurance.

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January 16, 2017

SLR Becomes Registered IEMA Training Centre

SLR is now a registered IEMA training centre, which means the company can deliver IEMA certified training courses. SLR intend to offer a selection of short courses to our clients (as in-house courses) and at public venues. Initially, the focus will be on courses in ISO 14001;2015 environmental management systems and auditing, and developing sustainability strategy.

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December 07, 2016

Optimising water consumption and conservation at mines

Over the last three weeks we’ve looked at some of the key issues effecting water sourcing within the Mining & Minerals sector. We have covered the following major topics: •The world doesn't stand a chance without water •Driving Sustainable Water Management in Mining •The challenges with permitting for water sourcing

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December 02, 2016

SLR’s design recognised at the Preservation Trust awards

Completed in 2014, SLR designed and planned the landscape setting of the Viridor Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley, Oxfordshire. The facility, which works continuously to transform Oxfordshire’s non-recyclable waste into enough renewable energy to power around 38,000 homes, has now recently been recognised at the annual Oxford Preservation Trust awards.

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November 17, 2016

The world doesn't stand a chance without water

Water scarcity is among the main problems facing many societies in the 21st century. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and, although there is no ‘global’ water scarcity as such, an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water.

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October 10, 2016

SLR presented expertise to the European Commission

SLR was invited to present at the recent "EU Research and Innovation in Support to the Earth observation Market" workshop, organised by the Directorate Climate Action and Resource Efficiency of European Commission's DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) in Brussels. Peter Kinghan, Principal, SLR Consulting Ireland, presented examples of SLR’s work using remote sensing (related to O&G, mining and waste projects) along with ideas on how to bridge the gap between research / innovation and viable commercial end uses.

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September 30, 2016

When will starter homes and infrastructure be delivered under the new leadership

On Wednesday, 28th September SLR Consulting, Osborne Clarke and No5 Chambers held an autumn presentation and debate at Osborne Clarke Temple Quay offices in Bristol. The event focused on the ongoing developments in planning and infrastructure and offered attendees an insight into the latest legislation and the impact that is having and will have on planning and infrastructure developments. The seminar attracted over 30 invited guests including developers, agents, housebuilders and architects.

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September 26, 2016

SLR further strengthens its Built Environment Planning offer

SLR Consulting announces the appointment of Elle Cass as Technical Director – Planning and the new Built Environment Planning Lead. This new role has been created to complement SLR's extensive range of technical expertise and to provide existing and new clients with a fully integrated Built Environment Planning and Project Management Offer. With this appointment SLR can offer a ‘one stop shop’ to delivering both technically deliverable and commercially viable planning permissions.

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September 23, 2016

Risk and Oil & Gas – Breakfast Seminar event summary

Global environmental and advisory consultancy SLR and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar on Thursday, 22nd September, at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “A comprehensive approach to risk in complex environments.” It was attended by 54 invited guests from the oil and gas, insurance and risk industries.

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