Climate risk is becoming increasingly important in the regions of the world facing climate strain and also for Golder Associates large, global Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practice. In this issue of Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), Golder’s leader for urban development and infrastructure in the UK, Simon Aldrich, explains how Golder performs EIAs for manufacturing, infrastructure, oil/gas and mining clients worldwide – and how climate risk is incorporated into these EIAs.
Aldrich recently presented on climate change and EIAs at the International Association for Impact Assessment Conference in Italy and in the CCBJ feature interview he expands on this presentation. He explains what companies have to keep in mind when planning large scale infrastructure or resource extraction projects and how they can best get responsible access to resources.
Integrating environmental risks into the earliest stages of project planning means that clients can end up in an advantageous position in the long term, according to Aldrich. He argues that international projects requiring Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) benefit much both in terms of financing and operating by actively using rigorous ESIAs to inform operations.
To read the full feature interview in Climate Change Business Journal, please click here.