Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Environmental Impact Assessment may include the consideration of a single activity from an existing process or development (such as the effects of a consented discharge from a manufacturing plant) (See Environmental Permitting and Direct Toxicity Assessment). Alternatively, EIA may be the procedure that must be followed (according to the EIA Directive No 85/337/EEC a.) for certain types of project or proposal before they can be given planning consent.
The EIA procedure is used as a means of drawing together, in a systematic way, an assessment of a project’s likely significant environmental effects. This helps to ensure that the importance of the predicted effects, and the scope for reducing them, are properly understood by the public and the relevant competent authority (such as the MMO, Natural England or the Environment Agency) before it makes its decision.
Our team of consultants at Ecospan have extensive knowledge of the marine environment and of the potential impacts associated with a wide range of coastal development and commercial activities such as dredging and port and harbour development, as well as industrial discharge assessment and mitigation. The team are practiced at identifying and working with legislative and consenting requirements throughout the construction, operation and decommissioning phases of a project.
We offer consultation services with stakeholders and statutory consultees, so that all potential impacts can be comprehensively established early on. Consultation is fundamental to carrying out thorough EIA, and significantly improves the likelihood of successful mitigation strategies being developed where necessary, ad the probability of planning consent being granted.
- Environmental Statement production
- Habitat Regulations Assessment
- Stakeholder liaison and consultation
- Marine Consenting advice and assistance
- Development and Implementation of Environmental Management Plans (EMPs and CEMPs)
- Environmental baseline data collection and monitoring
- Feasibility and Scoping Assessments
Given the all-encompassing nature of EIA, a wide range of Ecospan’s capabilities as a company can be applied to projects which fall within the scope of EIA, these include:
- Ecological Investigations
- Sediment and Water Sampling
- Hydrographic Surveys
- Environmental Modelling
- Direct Toxicity Assessment (DTA)
- Environmental Permitting