Golder Experts Respond to EU EIA Directive (2014/52/EU)

May 16, 2017

What is happening?

In 2014 the European Union voted to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.  From the 16th May 2017, Member States must apply the amendments through revisions to their local legislation. 

So what are the main changes and what will they mean for your project or business?

  • Use of Competent Experts - EIAs will need to be undertaken by ‘competent’ people.  At Golder we have a strong team of technical specialists who are highly experienced (10+ years), Chartered (as Environmentalists and/or Scientists as relevant) and accredited members of their relevant technical institutes.  Golder Associates itself is also an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) EIA Quality Mark registrant committed to excellence in our EIA activities.
  • Screening Stage – EIA screening will become mandatory for Schedule 2 projects - we anticipate that local planning authorities (LPAs) will require much more detail from developers ‘up front’.  The key to efficiency here will be scheduling EIA work around project design timelines and ensuring as much information as practicable is made available to the LPA at screening.  This can be tricky but is something we work hard with project managers to do already, as getting the basics agreed upfront always leads to a more positive and cohesive project experience for all.
  • Scoping Opinions - Where Scoping Opinions are received from the LPA, the findings will be wholly binding.  We undertake two-way dialogue with the LPA throughout the scoping process as standard, and this will become even more important for future EIAs.
  • New Format and Topics – EIAs will need to consider a ‘Do- Nothing’ scenario.  Additionally, the revised Regulations include a number of ‘new’ topics inlcuding Risks and Accidents, Human Health, and Resource Efficiency.  At Golder we already include these topics (where relevant) as part of our best practice approach, so will be well-placed to provide you with a focused, comprehensive EIA product.
  • Monitoring and Mitigation Requirements - Projects will require specific monitoring mechanisms to determine the effectiveness of mitigation, and details of outline measures are likely to be required at the Screening stage.  Again, this is something that we do regularly for our clients.  We are also be able to assist developers with their ongoing monitoring and reporting requirements following project completion.

In summary, here at Golder we see no major hurdles in the revised Regulations, and as such our clients can expect ‘business as usual’ from our team of experts who aim to provide high quality, bespoke, pragmatic EIA solutions.

About Golder Associates

As a global, employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience, Golder Associates is driven by our purpose to engineer earth's development while preserving earth's integrity. From 165 offices worldwide, our more than 6,500 employees deliver solutions that help our clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing a wide range of independent consulting, design, and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy.

For more information, please contact:
Golder Associates Ltd
Ruth Fain, Senior Environmental Scientist
Tel: +44 (0) 1937 837 814
Email: rfain@golder.com  

Bill Sheridan, Principal Environmental Management
Tel: +44 (0) 131 314 5915
Email: bill_sheridan@golder.com

Freddy Brookes, Ecologist
Tel: +44 (0) 162 885 1832
Email: fbrookes@golder.com

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