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ENVIRONMENTAL

 

We aim to achieve environmental sustainability through each stage of the development process:

INITIAL ANALYSIS

  • We undertake an in depth analysis of the environmental opportunities and constraints for all potential projects.
  • This allows for the early identification of environmental concerns that need to be addressed.
  • If the potential impact is high, then specialist opinion is often sought to determine whether the project should continue.

ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATIONS

  • We oversee the Basic Assessment (BA) / Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for all projects and make sure it is conducted in line with governing legislation. The information gained from the BA / EIA is used to inform the final layout, construction programme and rehabilitation.
  • In addition, we undertake specific bird and bat monitoring studies to determine the impact on these species, inform the project layout and develop appropriate mitigation measures.
  • We also oversee the application process for all other authorisations required, including¬† Water Use Authorisations, Biodiversity Permits, and licences granted under the National Forestry Act.

“We undertake an in depth analysis of all environmental opportunities and constraints for potential projects.”

CONSTRUCTION PHASE

  • We will appoint an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) who will ensure all mitigation, rehabilitation and other conditions referred to in the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) and Environmental Authorisation are implemented.
  • We will also ensure compliance with the EMPr agreed upon before construction.
  • Constant support is provided to the ECO throughout construction.

OPERATIONS PHASE

  • We oversee the rehabilitation of areas disturbed during construction.
  • Considering that rehabilitation is a long-term process, areas disturbed during the construction phase are monitored regularly and remediation is undertaken in areas where the rehabilitation is slow.
  • Further bird and bat studies are undertaken in accordance with best practice guidelines. The results of these studies inform the operational aspects of the project and allow for a better understanding of associated impacts so that we can implement better mitigation in future projects.

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