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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