FutureStates

Environmental Management (EIA, ESHIA, SEA, risk, auditing/due diligence, systems)

Environmental Management (EIA, ESHIA, SEA, risk, auditing/due diligence, systems)

Environmental & social impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments and/or risk assessment have been undertaken as follows:

Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso,Cyprus (TR), Dominica, Egypt, FYR Macedonia, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nigeria, Oman, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

Our experience spans road projects, tourism projects, municipal & industrial wastewater disposal schemes, land reclamation, tidal power generation, airports and their operations, marinas, harbours, terminals, high-speed rail links, CHP stations, dams and reservoirs (including re-settlement issues), non-power generating barrages, mineral workings, water storage and agricultural development schemes, fish farming, cement works, clothing manufacturing facilities and engineering works, and oil and gas projects (seismic surveys, exploration drilling, offshore and onshore production, pipelines, FPSO, pipe landfall, and booster and flow stations, refineries, LNG plant, tanker loading facility, oil export terminal, construction yards, and crew accommodation camps). SEAs undertaken for pulp & paper sector (Uruguay) and tourism sector (Egypt).

Auditing and/due diligence assignments have been undertaken in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain Brazil, China, Cyprus (TR), Egypt, France, Finland, FYR Macedonia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia & Montenegro, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

Facility experience includes: ports and harbours, offshore and onshore oil and gas installations and support services & facilities (e.g. E & P offshore and onshore oil and gas installations, supply vessel ports, seismic acquisition, FPSO, LNG plant, tanker loading facility, oil export terminal, pipelines, booster stations, refineries, construction yards, crew accommodation camps etc) rail infrastructure, logging and forest timber products, heavy and light manufacturing and engineering facilities, chemical manufacture & distribution, recreational complexes (including hotels and related services), construction, landscape/gardening and training companies.

Have implemented ISO 14001 with successful third party verification; management system implementation activities have included: policy review, aspects identification and ranking, developments of Registers (Aspects and Legislation), permitting (e.g. Consent to Operate) manual preparation, development of procedures/work instructions, and training at different functional levels - senior managers, staff, contractors and suppliers.

Accreditations: carried out ISO 14001 certifications, ISO 9000 Scope Expert for Environmental Testing/Laboratories, approved auditor for the Society for the Environment (responsible for all environmental institutions in UK) and for the Science Council (responsible for all professional, scientific institutions in UK).

Projects undertaken by FutureStates in this category

LocationAgency/SectorAssignmentProject Description
St HelenaSt Helena Government (IMC)Hazardous Waste ManagementProvision of a technical review of the options in the draft Hazardous Waste Management Assessment Report of the St Helena Government and in particular: Identify and briefly appraise any technological options that may have been missed, Provide estimates for the options included in the report; and Consider the constraints faced on export under the Basel Convention.
Saudi ArabiaAirport AuthorityEnvironmental ManagementProvision of preliminary advice on the requirements for an internationally-compliant environmental plan for King Abdulaziz International Airport which serves the city of Jeddah. Facilities include high-speed rail service, new and expanded Haij terminal, solar generation, desalination and new city infrastructure.
NigeriaDFID (ASI)ComplianceProvision of preliminary advice on compliance requirements for the DFID investment: Attracting Investment in Kogi State through support to a starch processing facility with up to 93,000 million tonnes capacity in the Kogi Staple Crop Processing Zone.
NigeriaOil & Gas (Environ)Due DiligenceIdentify potential liabilities in oil and gas concessions related to potential environmental or social issues that could have a material impact on the value of the assets assessed; the number and magnitude of oil spills and the remedial work and measures that has been carried out and measures taken to prevent oil spills in the future; current environmental non-compliance with local laws and regulations and actions being taken; facility requirements and cost estimates required to meet current and reasonably foreseeable; environmental regulations; past and current environmental liabilities and penalties including any on-site and off-site contaminated land liabilities; and site remediation, closure and monitoring; past and current gas flaring volumes and penalties and measures taken to reduce gas flaring in the future; past and current security issues and disruptions (bunkering) and measures in place to improve security and reduce oil losses; threatened or actual third party or regulatory action or claims; past and current relationships with the local communities.
RwandaBTC (Sopex)Mid-Term ReviewMid-Term Review of the Support Programme to the Development of the Forestry Sector in Rwanda to evaluate the project schedule and objectives, appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. To review the sustainability action plan proposed by the project and, if implemented, the level of expectation concerning the sustainability of the investments. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the forestry sector in Rwanda, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
PakistanDFID (Coffey)Climate Change and Environment Risk AssessmentDFID Pakistan’s Private Sector Development Approach focuses on enhancing wealth creation opportunities for the poor as a means to generate jobs and tackle the ‘youth bulge’. A new £70m Wealth Creation for the Poor programme is being proposed to focus on sectors that have the ability to enhance the economy’s employment generating capacity and deliver jobs and assets for the transitory poor that are essential for poverty reduction and social stability in Pakistan. A climate change risk assessment was done for the programme; proposing potential risk mitigation strategies against environmental and climatic risks, and develop programmatic interventions; undertaking a mapping exercise and establish clear lines of responsibilities relating to implementing the risk mitigation framework; defining relevant requirements expected of the implementing agent/ contractor to develop and implement an environmental/climate change management plan for the programme; developing appropriate environmental/climate change monitoring and evaluation tools for the programme, and linking these to the programme’s results chain and logframe.
Cook Is., Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Is., Tonga, Tuvalu, VanuatuAsian Development BankRegional Energy AssessmentAssessment of Asian Development Bank's cumulative contribution and support to the energy sector from 2000 to 2011 in Pacific developing member countries under the Pacific Approach by evaluating both energy-related loans, grants, and technical assistance projects and their results in improving the delivery of public goods and services in Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) included selected country visits.
Sierra LeoneMacAlister Elliott & PartnersEIA ~ Minerals TerminalAn EIA is being undertaken of a new tank farm to support terminal development for offloading of fuel for mining operations in hinterland.
NigeriaCARES LimitedRisk AssessmentA risk assessment carried out to confirm that an oil products jetty could be operated safely given other port activities at this location.
Sierra LeoneEC (AGEG)Ex-post EvaluationEx-post Evaluation: Evaluation of project: "Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency". Evaluation of all aspects relative to design, implementation and results. Includes evaluation with respect to overall support provided by the EU to the sector and within context of legal and institutional arrangements, assessing the coherence of the EU support and its relevance to the national priorities as expressed in the mandate of the EPA SL and the PRSP II.
GhanaEC (AGEG)Country Environmental ProfilePreparation of CEP to: Identify and assess environmental and climate change issues for consideration during programming process for 11th EDF (2014-2020) and identification/design of future 11th EDF support activities; Provide decision-makers in Ghana, and in EU, with clear information on: key environmental challenges (including those resulting from increasing climate variability and climate change); current policy, legislative and institutional framework; and strategies and programmes (including those of the EC and other donors) designed to address them; Establish key linkages between environment, including climate change, and poverty reduction; Contribute to focusing political dialogue and co-operation with Government.
KazakhstanWorld BankMiningProvision of environmental advice to the Kazakhstan Mining Sector (assessing sector master plan).
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, PalauEC (Cardno)Renewable EnergyA mid-term review undertaken to: Assess efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of the North-Renewable Energy Project in meeting its overall objective of improving quality of life on outer islands of the Marshall Islands (Majuro), Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae) and Palau; Assess extent to which expected benefits are being /will be achieved; Assess extent to which results could be sustainably maintained; and to, Identify required changes in project design including the performance indicators, or curtailment of activities because of significant problems, or need for an extension to the Project.
MontenegroEC (SOPEX)Peer Review, QAEvaluation: Ex-Ante Evaluation of the Operational Programmes for IPA Components III & IV and Strategic Environmental Environmental Assessment of the Operational Programme for IPA Component III - Montenegro.
JamaicaEC (Transtec)EIA ~ wastewaterAssessment of the existing practices at distilleries and sugar factories in Jamaica for the disposal of wastewater and proposed strategies to effectively manage wastewater from the sugar industries within the context of the hierarchy of waste management, environmental sustainability and operational cost-effectiveness.
SenegalForestryCarbon ManagementEvaluation of groundnut-briquette making technology to replace charcoal and the use of Jatropha as a biofuel.
Belize, GlobalEC (MWH)Climate ChangeKey Expert advising the Global Climate Change Alliance which provides a platform for dialogue and exchange among the EU and target countries and provides support in five priority areas: Adaptation to climate change; Reducing emissions from deforestation; Enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism ; Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction; and, Integrating climate change into poverty reduction efforts. Specified and organised identification and formulation missions to Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Samoa, Laos and Bhutan and facilitated regional climate change conference for Caribbean.
NigeriaFederal Ministry of EnvironmentDue DiligencePeer Review of new EIA Sector Guidelines for the Cement and Lime Manufacturing Plants, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
NigeriaLAMATADue DiligencePeer review of EIA for a Bus Rapid Transit Scheme in Lagos on behalf of the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority.
NigeriaAllison Fisheries Limited (CARES)EIA ~ portScoping, planning and peer review of EIA for a Sugar and Grain Terminal.
CaribbeanDFIDClimate ChangeRapid Climate Change screening of the DFID Caribbean portfolio of programmes/projects and assessment of priorities for interventions.
NigeriaOil & GasTraining ~ Hazard and Incident InvestigationDevelopment of training materials for the in-house continual professional development of oil and gas operational staff in hazard and incident investigation.
MalawiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy of the Sugar Industry and the relevant EC Multi-Annual support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring.
NigeriaDFIDState Peer ReviewElaboration of environmental indicators to assist in the development of the peer review mechanism as part of the State Evaluation and Assessment Tool being undertaken within the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability programme, on behalf of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Federal Government.
GlobalECPeer ReviewEvaluation of Proposals /(Full applications): Call for Proposals for the “Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including Energy”. Assessed several full applications) nearly all of which included assessments of one or more of climate change, REDD, FLEGT, CDM and Disaster Risk Reduction and all included review and assessment of agreements with partner organisations, project formulation, log frames, action plan and/or work-plan drafting, budget drafting etc.
FijiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy for the Sugar Industry. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself with some emphasis on co-generation, biofuels and carbon sequestration.
UgandaECClimate ChangeUpdate the Country Environment Profile and identify ways and means to strengthen EC support to address climate change in Uganda.
NigeriaChemicalsHSE AuditHSE audit of chemical manufacturing facility.
JamaicaECDisaster Risk Management ~ bananasDevelopment of macro-level banana/plantain industry strategy for coping with the increased incidence of weather-related disasters, with emphasis on floods and hurricanes.
NigeriaUrban DevelopmentEIA - reclamationPeer review of an EIA for reclaiming coastal land for residential and commercial development.
NigeriaPortsHSSE specification ~ portsSpecification and implementation of Health, Safety, Security and Environment in a port and dredging context to comply with ISO 14001, 18001 and 28000.
KuwaitOil & GasImplementation ~ ISO 14001Peer review of ISO 14001 implementation including assessment of environmental aspects, site visits (pipelines, tank farms, contractor sites) and risk methodology.
BelizeECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the Belize Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry 2006-2015 and the relevant EC Multi-Annual Support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the BCS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself.
Global, Papua New Guinea, PhilippinesECClimate Change, Risk ScreeningEstimation of the part of the EC's aid portfolio that is potentially at risk due to climate change. Specifically this includes developing and testing a process to screen EC interventions for their likely vulnerability to climate change impacts and their potential direct and indirect consequences on the capacity to adapt to climate change or climate change mitigation potential of a sector/country. The analysis also provides recommendations to effectively respond to climate change challenges in development co-operation.
Saudi ArabiaInvestorsEnvironmental due diligence ~ refineryJubail Export Refinery is to be developed to include an export facility (400,000 barrel per day of Arabian Heavy crude oil from Saudi Arabian fields) with upgrading feedstock to motor fuels and petrochemical feeds (no heavy fuel oil production) and configured as a full-conversion coking facility, producing a limited volume of petrochemical products. The assignment involved review and commenting on of ESIA for marine issues particularly oil spill contingency.
NigeriaPortsTraining ~ EIA, EMS and security managementContributions to a five-day course in Nigeria on EIA, EMS and security management were prepared and delivered to delegates from all the major ports of Nigeria and to key dredging operators, specifically focussing on the Delta ports and best practice.
LiberiaMiningEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ dredging and coastal protectionAssignment called for a scoping study to be developed to identify environmental and social impacts associated with the de-silting of the channel into Port Buchanan, Liberia for the purposes of iron ore export. Discussions with government ministries, and stakeholders from the adjacent fishing communities were undertaken and various potential issues identified and mitigations proposed, including potential beach nourishment.
IrelandGovernmentDue diligence of environmental studies ~ gas pipelineThe Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) of the Government of Ireland requires a statutory assessment of an Environmental Impact Statement concerned with the construction and operation of an onshore and offshore pipeline. The twin objectives of the assignment are to confirm the regulatory compliance of the EIS with relevant EU and Irish legislation and to confirm the technical compliance with relevant ISO standards.
MontenegroNGODue diligence of environmental studies ~ master planThe work entailed appraisal of a master planning document concerning the intention to put the country on a sustainable development course. Review and detailed comments made on the document "Montenegro ~ Towards an Ecological State".
EgyptGovernmentStrategic Environmental Assessment ~ National Sustainable Tourism Strategic PlanThis assignment is being undertaken in Egypt on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development Authority. The tourism target is 25 million visitors by 2020 and is codified in The National Sustainable Tourism Strategic Plan. A key question is whether there is enough capacity in Egypt's natural, historical, cultural, and human resources to sustain the envisaged growth. The assignment explores the capacity of the tourism sector to cope with the expansion target and seeks to understand what may be needed to eliminate or minimise constraints. The study also reviews the existing tourism impacts and considers what future impacts there may be and what strategies could be deployed to minimise those, where and if possible. Because the anticipated tourism growth is expected to be coastally based, the study places emphasis on the coastal and marine resources.
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, UzbekistanEC TACIS, ADBEnvironmental advice and due diligence support to energy sectorSupport to an EC/ADB Rapid-Response Expert Facility in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for energy sector (developing gas supplies and interstate transportation, electricity generation and transmission, energy efficiency and renewable energy) in Central Asia. Provision of technical assistance to support regional energy investment projects.
NigeriaOil & GasDevelopment of risk-based security documentationDevelopment of security documentation for an onshore and coastal oil and gas company in Nigeria to align with HSE-MS and ISO 17799:2005, 28000 and the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security); development and testing of security risk assessments and countermeasures.
Benin, Burkina Faso, MaliMCCDue diligence of environmental studies for roads programme Working with in-country Millennium counterparts, the EIA and other environmental studies were assessed in Burkina Faso for proposed 1200 km roads programme (bitumen, earth and rural access); significant transboundary issues with Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo.
NigeriaPort, Harbours & MarinasPeer review of initial port enlargement optionsRiver Bonny Channel Expansion in the Nigerian Delta ~ a number of options are being considered to facilitate port access to larger vessels and a higher volume of traffic; to include widening and deepening the existing approach channel or creating a new channel. In either case the channel will need to be dredged and the dumped spoils assessed. Various options are to be assessed for environmental and social impact. The specific task called for peer review of the EIA work undertaken by local and UK consultants.
BulgariaWorld Bank, Investors\r\nDue diligence of environmental studies ~ nuclear powerAssessed EIA and other environmental studies for proposed nuclear power facility on banks of Danube in Bulgaria, with significant transboundary issues.
KuwaitOil & GasWeb-based HSE-MSProvision of advice to Kuwait oil company on the hardware and software needed to establish a functional web and PC-based system to manage health, safety and environmental issues captured within a formal HSE-MS across all the operating companies. Two systems were identified, compared and contrasted and recommendations made.
United States of AmericaUNDPMid-Term ReviewGuidance was provided on the Terms of Reference for, and selection process of, a Mid-Term Reviewer of the IW : LEARN programme, based in the US.
NigeriaOil & GasDevelopment of risk-based security documentationDevelopment of security documentation for an offshore oil and gas company in Nigeria to align with HSE-MS and ISO 17799:2005, 28000 and the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security); development and testing of security risk assessments and countermeasures.
NicaraguaUSAIDDevelopment/Delivery of EIA trainingA three-day, EIA course was developed and delivered in Nicaragua, with local NGO, for government agencies, fully supported with a delegate's manual and used local case study examples, focussing on the oil and gas sector specifically the potential impacts of seismic acquisition and exploration drilling.
St Vincent & GrenadinesUK/US ConsultanciesDisaster Preparedness AssessmentCurrent arrangements were assessed for all aspects of disaster preparedness: national and at community level in St Vincent & The Grenadines.
Trinidad & TobagoECDisaster Preparedness AssessmentCurrent arrangements in Trinidad & Tobago were assessed for all aspects of disaster preparedness leading to financing for improved disaster management capability; regional, national and at community level.
AsiaECRegional Environmental ProfileThe Asia-wide Regional Environmental Profile was required for the preparation of the Regional Strategy Paper and Regional Indicative Programme. It covered: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The purpose of the strategy was to provide a framework for programming EC multi-country development assistance for Asia-wide programmes; included reviews of all CEPs and relevant activities on MEAs.
YemenUNDPReview and development ~ environmental indicatorsCountry environmental indicators for the Yemen were reviewed and developed for dams, roads, urban renewal, oil and gas and agriculture. A further requirement was the development of technical content for a new regulation for the EIA of oil and gas sector facilities.
Saudi ArabiaLegalImplementation of EIAProvision of advice concerning the implementation and enforcement of existing environmental legislation of Saudi Arabia, specifically EIA, and the relative roles of the municipal and national statutory authorities in environmental protection.
NigeriaIFIDue diligence ~ pipelineAssessed EIA and other environmental studies for Gbaran-Ubie/EGGS-2 project in Nigeria ~ an onshore large-capacity gas supply source/transport system in Bayelsa State in the eastern part of the Niger delta.
NigeriaOil & GasImplementation of environmental standardsAssistance was provided to raise company in Nigeria to certification readiness for the new ISO 14001: 2004 EMS and integrating several new facilities to the existing scope.
UgandaEUCountry Environmental ProfileSupport was provided for the preparation of a Country Strategy Paper for Uganda, to directly influence EC cooperation activities, and ensure cooperation strategies integrate environmental considerations into the selection of priority focal areas.
AlgeriaOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ gas pipeline and processing facilitiesEIA: Drafting of ToR for gas facilities/pipeline located in southern Algeria - summarised information available, EIA method to be followed, and deliverables expected (Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental & Social Baseline Study, the Impact Assessment, the Management Plan and the Public Consultation Programme). Methodology required by ToR was consistent with best practice, incorporating World Bank (IFC) and EBRD norms, and national/international regulatory requirements.
Bangladesh, India, NepalOil & GasPolicy advice ~ biodiversityPolicy: Assessment of current/future biodiversity impacts and risks in India, Bangladesh and Nepal; review of current Company practices in safeguarding environmentally sensitive areas and biodiversity conservation; consultation with central/local government; research and university institutes; local conservation/biodiversity organisations; review of current and emerging institutional frameworks, laws and initiatives (international, regional, national) on ESAs and biodiversity conservation; included reviews of relevant activities on MEAs.
UruguayIFCStrategic Environmental Impact assessment ~ pulp & paperSEA: Pulp & Paper Assignment in Uruguay (using applicable IFC/WBG policies and guidelines) considered the aggregate impact of two plants for the same activity, with the same impact zone of influence; and, the broader level of planned development in both Uruguay and Argentina on a regional perspective; significant issues transboundary, air quality, water quality, urban development.
BangladeshEUDisaster Preparedness AssessmentLed Appraisal Mission to Bangladesh to design three-year programme; Earthquake preparedness and mitigation; Community awareness programme for all aspects of disaster preparedness leading to a study /design of a pilot implementation of a permanent disaster management capability; and, Extension of the disaster management information centre with ability to inform in real time to community level.
GuyanaEUCountry Environmental ProfileSupport was provided for the preparation of a Country Strategy Paper for Guyana, to directly influence EC cooperation activities, and ensure cooperation strategies integrate environmental considerations into the selection of priority focal areas.
Russian FederationOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ pipeline routingComparative environmental and social risk-based analysis undertaken for pipeline route options in the Russian Federation as part of a major field expansion, using comprehensive technical reviews, additional engineering and environmental surveys. Key sensitive issues: Western Grey Whale, Steller's Sea Eagle, other Red Book species, Class I forest, lagoons, wetlands etc.
Qatar, SyriaManufacturingDue diligence ~ asbestosDue diligence of asbestos in products in Qatar and Syria was undertaken - potential liability issue identified, concerning the supply of products to customers worldwide that contained asbestos. Assignment required identification of relevant in-country regulations, principal controls and restrictions on use/sale of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, implications for previously-sold products and disclosure obligations under jurisdiction.
BelgiumEU AidCoEvaluation of grant applicationsEvaluation of grant applications submitted in response to call for proposals relating to environment and forests - for the following developing countries - Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe: capacity-building, cleaner production, multilateral environmental agreements, biodiversity, and sustainable use of natural and marine/coastal resources.
JamaicaEU AidCoProject Evaluation ~ marine protected area and ecotourismProject evaluation was undertaken in Jamaica - The Self-Sustainability of the Negril Marine Park, Project ENV/B7-6200/98-22 to determine lessons learned over the period of EC project funding (1999 2002). EC wished to be appraised of why most of the activities were delayed and to evaluate the outputs of the project in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
LibyaNGO, Internat. Energy FoundationCapacity-building ~ HSE - MSImplementation of a Health, Safety and Environment management system within the oil and gas sector in Libya, based on the industry model. Topics included; Leadership & Commitment, Policy & Strategic Objectives, Organisation, Resources & Documentation, Evaluation & Risk Management, Planning, Implementation & Monitoring, and Review & Audit.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEC PHAREInstitutional Strengthening ~ sustainable management Transfer environmental and sustainable management competence to local partners (ministries, universities, companies and individuals) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Activities: cost-benefit of environment policies, options of environmental policy instruments, a single economic/legal resource centre, drafting of legal documents, clarification of the roles and responsibilities at State/Entity/Cantonal/Municipal level and the application of PCM; included reviews of relevant activities on MEAs.
Netherlands, NigeriaOil & GasDue diligence ~ LNGWork in the Netherlands and Nigeria involved the assessment of the environmental, social and health consequences of adding three additional trains, on behalf of financial organisations (lenders and export credit agencies). Assessments include site visits, completion of compliance certificates, appraisal of Pre-Completion and Operational Reports and review of Environmental Compliance Reports on a six monthly basis during construction, and annually thereafter.
Russian FederationEC-TACISOil Spill Contingency PlanToR developed for EC-TACIS 2002 Baltic Sea Region Action Programme to elaborate a global Baltic oil spill safety system based in the Russian Federation. Experience and results of other TACIS projects in the area, current/planned activities of other donors and of the Russian Government in this field were assessed and considered. Liaison with key project partners (Ministries of Natural Resources, of Transport and of Emergencies), EC Delegation in Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg Office), HELCOM and relevant donors. Based in St Petersburg, Moscow and Kaliningrad.
Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab EmiratesChemicals (Paint)Due diligence ~ paintReview of past and present operations (paint manufacture, retail and distribution) on the facility properties and surroundings in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was undertaken to assess environmental compliance of the facility, key environmental liabilities associated with the facility and identifying cost associated with the remediation of any issues found. Tasks: background information review, assessment of available historical, geological, and topographical maps for the area, site visit, interviews with senior staff, a review of available documentation; and, reporting with estimates of compliance/remediation costs.
Russian FederationEBRDDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practicesDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practices in; oil spill response management, occupational health and safety, and environmental management systems in Russian Federation. Consisted of three-phase programme of preparation, development and implementation with subsequent follow-up over a period of approximately two years. Another specific task was to identify and develop communications linkages within company, its organisational HSE management system and the communities.
Argentina, UruguayIADBDue diligence ~ portThe construction and operation of a private port for M'Bopicu on the Uruguay side of the Rio Uruguay (shared between Argentina and Uruguay) was assessed. Task involved summarising the relevant characteristics related to the environmental, social, health and safety aspects. Key issues: water quality, dredging & disposal, multiplier effects, bi-national impacts and transboundary issues and regional impact on sustainable development. Quarterly monitoring during construction; annual monitoring during operations.
KuwaitOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ wastewater treatmentEIA study for the Effluent Water Transfer System and Minagish Water Injection Plant facilities at West Kuwait. All environmental risks were assessed for the construction/commissioning/operation of the facilities and mitigation measures recommended.
IranJICAAssessment of the EIA and planning systemA key issue in country selection for inward investment is the regulatory regime of Iran. Of particular interest is the required time for undertaking an EIA and obtaining an approval to proceed with construction. The purpose of this assignment was to clarify the existing constraints in the EIA process for use by specialised funds and potential investors.
Russian FederationInvestorsDue diligence ~ pipelineAssignment involved the assessment and summary of the ecological and socio-economic work carried out by the oil company and its Russian sub contractors in the Russian Far East. Comments made on: adequacy for characterisation of the terrestrial environment - including spatial and temporal coverage; identification of protected areas and species identified; detailed surveys carried out in vicinity of the major facilities (LNG plant, tanker loading facility, oil export terminal, offshore producing facilities, booster stations, pipe landfall, pipeline, construction camps etc.). Reviewed mitigation measures outlined in preliminary EIA report for adequacy.
Saudi ArabiaConstructionEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ wastewaterPeer review of a company's EIA for a wastewater treatment plant at a refinery at Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. The facility was designed to improve the environmental performance of the existing treatment plant and to allow for an increase in capacity in effluent from the refinery. Considered impacts of during construction, commissioning, operation and potential catastrophic situations, against a range of legal requirements, internal standards, and best practice.
SerbiaUNTraining ~ EU lawA series of seminars was developed for the European Council for Peace and Development of the UN University of Peace in Belgrade, Serbia: An Introduction to EU Legislation the Parliamentary Process etc; Air Quality; Environmental Impact Assessment; Strategic Environmental Assessment; Integrated Pollution Prevention Control; Water Quality; Producer Responsibility; Waste Electrical and Electronic Goods; End-of-Life Vehicles; and Sustainability. The training was delivered within the context of re-working existing assets in northern Serbia to accommodate tourism opportunities.
ChinaUS ConsultancyTraining ~ ISO 14001A five-day, Train-the-Trainer workshop in China on ISO 14001 auditing was provided, fully supported with a delegate's manual and used local case study examples, focussing on the tourism and automotive sectors.
KuwaitOil & GasTraining ~ HSEDevelopment and delivery of an HSE training package within a Kuwait oil company to 880 managers, senior engineers and supervisors incorporating course notes, practical sessions, video, and individual CDs. The 2-day course incorporated: Leadership and Commitment, Integrating Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems, Administrative Aspects, Contractor, Measurement, Self Assessment and Audits. The course was based on the existing HSE system of the company and was used to facilitate the implementation of the company HSE system
NigeriaOil & GasImplementation ~ ISO 14001Assistance on developing an integrated health, safety and environment management system and to prepare an oil company in Nigeria for ISO 14001 certification. Activities included policy review, manual preparation, and development of procedures. To support implementation, various awareness workshops were developed and given, at different levels, including for senior managers, staff, contractors and suppliers. Successfully certified to ISO 14001 by SGS. Further specialist support provided: EIA, internal auditing, and programmes on waste minimisation and energy conservation.
BrazilIADBDue diligence ~ portThe construction and operation of a private port (Port of Itapo) in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil was assessed. The Port of Itapo expected to handle 1M tons of forest products [wood chips and logs] and 4 M tons of containerised cargo. Components and facilities: container-handling terminal, wood-chip handling terminal, administration and other general installations. Tasks: summarising relevant characteristics related to the environmental, social, health and safety aspects, based upon a review of existing information and a site reconnaissance, and evaluating adequacy of the proposed environmental, social, health and safety assessments, plans and procedures. Compliance audit: sawmill, products facility and a protected area.
ThailandUK Government (DTI/DETR)Training ~ waste managementSupport to British Trade Mission to Thailand implemented by the Joint Environmental Markets Unit and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce sponsoring several environmental seminars on waste management to accompany Britain in Thailand: Environment Week held in Bangkok. Invited seminar concerned the establishment of a waste minimisation programme and was attended by at least 120 delegates representing all parts of Thai industry.
MauritiusWorld BankTraining ~ ISO 14001, EMS, auditing and awarenessSeries of 1-day, 2-day and 3-day workshops in Mauritius was provided to train export businesses and government agencies on environmental awareness, management and the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. Workshops supported with delegate's manual and local case studies.
IndiaUK Government, DFID, British CouncilCoastal Zone ManagementProvision of technical and management assistance to support Train-the-Trainer workshops and a Short Course in integrated CZM in India were undertaken at Newcastle and at two centres in India (Jadavpur University, Calcutta and Anna University, Chennai) with the progressive handover of the two courses. Involved Indian personnel who (1) already had a role in the management of ICZM projects and/or the training of staff in ICZM improved and extended their capacity to design, organise, implement and deliver training in ICZM and (2) already had role in implementation within ICZM projects built capacity to synthesise all the multi-disciplinary components of CZM to produce an integrated response to ICZM issues.
JapanCertification Certification ~ ISO 14001An Audit (Stage 1) was undertaken at three companies in Japan within the scopes of Engineering and of Construction. Each audit took approximately four days. Subsequently, three Audits (Stage 2) were undertaken at these companies each audit took approximately five days.
Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, South AmericaUK Government, DFIDWater Resource AssessmentIdentification of key water-degradation issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and South America in different areas/regions/countries that impact the health of the poor. Study analysed root causes, reviewed state of current knowledge, identified gaps in knowledge and understanding, and developed a coherent strategy to improve the specification of future water resource projects.
CyprusLocal ConsultancyTraining ~ EIAA 2-day course on environmental impact assessment in Cyprus with special emphasis on setting EIA into a local context, prior to potential assimilation into the EU. Included a site visit, local cases as examples and was supported with delegate's notes.
Central & Eastern EuropeEC TACISTraining ~ EIAA 5-day course was prepared and delivered on environmental impact assessment for transportation projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Special emphasis placed on using case studies from central and eastern Europe. The course included site visits and fully supported with delegate's manual.
Russian FederationWorld Bank, EBRDKomi Emergency Oil Spill Recovery and Mitigation ProjectIn 1994 one of the world's largest oil spills occurred in the Usinsk region of the Komi Republic (Russian Federation) due to leaks from the regional pipeline. Most significant impact was on commercial and domestic fisheries in the local rivers. Other impacts included: loss of habitat for small mammals and water birds, also a significant downstream effect on river communities (eight villages with population of 7000) for potable water and grazing land. Reindeer herds and their migration routes had been affected. A social mitigation plan had been established. Specific role: identification of regional priority environmental socio-economic issues, design of environmental and socio-economic measures; identification of supporting research needs; and evaluation of low-cost bioremediation.
Japan, South Korea, TaiwanUK ConsultancyIEMA-accredited trainingThree IEMA-accredited training courses for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; Foundation Course for Environmental Auditors, An Introduction to Environmental Management Systems and Advanced Course for EMS Auditors were developed for use in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Training packages incorporated trainee manuals, trainer notes, case studies and in-country legislation. Developed in conjunction with professionals from the specific countries and aimed at public/private sector.
EgyptUS-Egyptian oil companyEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ seismic drillingAn US-Egyptian oil company proposed to carry out a seismic drilling programme in a concession considered sensitive on the basis of its fisheries, tourism, aquaculture and archaeology. A national expert team was assembled and tasked with undertaking a programme of work with the initial scoping being led internationally and developed in detail through consultation with the Egyptian authorities. This was the first EIA for seismic drilling under Law No 4, and was approved.
AzerbaijanOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ offshore productionUndertaken for AIOC the existing oil-producing fields off Baku, Azerbaijan. Responsibilities included development of counterpart training programme in EIA management (with regard to desk study), and undertaking a Literature Review to specify the sampling programme (involved management of ten national expert technical teams).
EgyptUK Government, DFIDCapacity-building ~ ministriesThe institution-strengthening/capacity-building, 3-year programme in Egypt included co-ordination, development and delivery of 36 workshops: government line ministries (e.g. Housing, Tourism, Agriculture etc.), governmental agencies and NGOs, major universities and research institutes, and selected industrial sectors; energy, petrochemicals, heavy industry, engineering, mining, agrochemicals, food, oil and soap, and textiles. Workshops included: EIA environmental auditing and management systems, waste management. Selected delegates attended specific study tours to enhance their skills and knowledge, particularly in EIA and in waste management.
Cyprus TRTourismDue diligence ~ tourismNewly opened dive training facilities were inspected at a leisure complex on the northern coast of in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus. Review and testing was undertaken of the facilities, equipment and staff.
Finland, France, SingaporeManufacturingDue diligence ~ manufacturingUndertaken prior to acquisition of crane manufacturing facilities in Finland, France and Singapore, supported by local sub-consultants. Data gathered on site contamination, and on operational practices. Priorities and approximate costs generated for further evaluation prior to the issue of Offer to Purchase.
United States of AmericaPower GenerationAir Quality SurveyTelephone and questionnaire survey to obtain US utility industry experience on the use of GRP pipe in FGD systems ~ problem of pipe joint failures at elevated pressure tests was identified.
United States of AmericaOil & GasSite Investigation and RemediationReview undertaken of a report describing existing soil and groundwater contamination of a former paint works in US. Verification of potential remediation opportunities was undertaken and the State-required, clean-up criteria were clarified. Involved management of the purchaser's consultants and their remediation vendor/sub-contractors.
Russian FederationOil & GasTraining ~ laboratory proceduresDiscussions were held with regulatory officials in the Russian Federation concerning the evaluation of a potential laboratory for in-country analysis of soil and water samples. A detailed tour of the facilities was made, during which the equipment was inventoried and procedures discussed with senior laboratory personnel. A preliminary list was made concerning requirements for high-grade analytical chemicals and spare parts for some of the equipment. Training needs were identified and a proposed programme of US-based training, followed by in-country technical support and transfer, was discussed and developed.
BotswanaUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ damsEnvironmental and socio-economic studies undertaken for Department for Water Affairs in Botswana for proposed water storage scheme - benefits and disbenefits of building major dams in the region, and on what the downstream effects would be on water users (irrigation schemes, potable supply, industrial use) if large percentages of the water supply were retained in large dams upstream of the general use areas. Several existing dam s in the region were reviewed and a socio-economic study identified the importance financially, agriculturally and culturally of the dams, particularly small dams, as a focus for stock watering and community interaction.
MontserratUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportAssessed potential social and environmental impact of the development of Blackburne airport in Montserrat as part of a wider series of studies (engineering, financial and tourism) for the detailed feasibility of airport development: evaluation of the effects of the development on the Farm River, natural drainage patterns, coastal regime, local flora and fauna, archaeological interest, noise and dust, and on the introduction of pests and diseases. The evaluation indicated that the major impacts of the project were likely to be on land-take, landscape, the Farm River, heritage, certain local communities, transportation and infrastructure. Compensation packages were developed for properties. A sensitive design of the proposed airport built elements was recommended to maintain the infrastructure in keeping with the local architecture. The natural alignment of the Farm River was retained with the use of culverts. A local sugar mill (including, chimney, boiling house and plantation house) was recommended for relocation and an Amerindian village was recommended for excavation prior to construction. A local community would need to be relocated for safety reasons.
OmanUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ harbourOutline feasibility was undertaken to identify potential areas along the northern coast of Oman that could support a new commercial port facility, associated shipping, and also artisanal fisheries. Initial approach to review each potential area along the coast in terms of its access for commercial traffic and its suitability for indigenous fisheries. Then, if various investment threshold criteria were exceeded, an environmental appraisal was made of that option.
MauritiusDFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ cementNew cement handling facilities were being developed for Port Louis, Mauritius - berthing and discharging facilities for the cement vessels, silos for storage of bulk cement, a bagging plant and associated transportation and distribution facilities. Issues: land take, noise, dust, and cross contamination with other bulk-stored cargoes. Three options identified and assigned a coarse rating to each according to the potential environmental impact and relative sensitivity.
JordanWorld BankEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ damFeasibility studies for water storage and agricultural development scheme in Jordan - an earth fill embankment dam to form a storage reservoir in a side tributary of the River Jordan. To maximise project benefits, the dam was designed to impound a gross storage volume of 55 MCM which would inundate approximately 45 ha of existing, irrigated land. Study augmented previous preliminary work by addressing effect of the reservoir on the drainage of the irrigated land around the reservoir perimeter and water quality of the storage reservoir. Various sources of water to the reservoir had different chemistries from freshwater to brackish water to boron-rich waters. A flow model computed final water quality assuming certain flow rates for different parts of the year for different sources - used to identify which crops would be sensitive to the water from the reservoir and how best to organise the agricultural development downstream of the reservoir to maximise benefits of the stored water.
Trinidad & TobagoIADBCZMThe Ministry of Environment, Trinidad & Tobago required a study to assess the islands' natural resource base and to consider its environmental protection needs. Development opportunities of the resources were recognised, both for revenue earning capacity as a major export and also as a tourism opportunity. Various ministries, government departments and agencies with an interest in, or a duty for, the management of individual resources were identified. Existing information on the natural resource base was collated and mapped - identifying the primary natural resources, legislation that was available to protect those resources and whether that legislation was effective. Additional methods of environmental protection were proposed.
DominicaCDBEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ marinaAssessed the potential environmental and social risks of a marina development at Indian River, Portsmouth in Dominica as part of a wider series of studies (engineering, financial and tourism) that was addressing the entire feasibility of tourism implementation plans. Tasks - an evaluation of the effects of the proposed facilities on the hydraulic behaviour of the Indian River, the coastal regime into which the river discharges, the flora and fauna within the environment that would be affected, and the cost of mitigation measures. During the course of the study the hydraulic nature of the river was described as was the local ecology and conservation interest in the area. The scenic quality was qualitatively assessed. Likely effects of both the construction and operational phases of the development were identified and in particular an assessment was made of the key impacts - ecology, erosion, dredging activity (spoil dispersal), noise, landscape, drainage, transportation and socio-economic conditions. Mitigation plan developed and costed to safeguard ecology, landscape, local economy and culture.
LibyaOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ explorationPrior to the acquisition of further acreage for oil exploration in Libya- identified the environmental and archaeological features that may be sensitive to petroleum development. Data were reviewed for the areas of interest and for climate, oceanography, geology, land use, fisheries and archaeology. The political and economic structures were reviewed as were land use, water resources, and environmental policy and planning. Existing legislation were reviewed and areas of conflict with petroleum activity were identified. Two potential sensitivities were identified: a set of archaeological remains and the potential for the breeding grounds of an endangered species of seal to be affected. Recommendations were made.
TurkeyWorld BankTraining ~ EIAProgramme, on behalf of Dept Water Supply/Sewerage in Turkey entailed the production of extensive and comprehensive information on EIA techniques and application in a Turkish context. Several modules dealing with legislation, techniques, analytical methods, project management, and monitoring protocols. A comprehensive set of topic notes was prepared and illustrated through the use of case studies (on a new dam in NW Turkey).
Turks and Caicos IslandsUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportPart of a feasibility study to review the existing airport infrastructure of the Turks and Caicos, national structure plan and tourist development options. Various airport options on five different islands were reviewed in terms of potential environmental impact. Appraisal considered ecology, waste disposal, cultural and noise issues and ranked the various topics in relation to each option, from the least to the most sensitive. Several sensitive receptors within the locality of each development option including mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, coral reefs, residential communities and wilderness-value environments. The outcome determined that no new site was available for an international airport. Consequently, the existing airports were considered for runway extensions to allow international traffic to use them. The extensions were designed taking into account environmental mitigation as developed through the appraisal process.
BahrainConstructionEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ causewayAssessment included a primary requirement to predict changes in the hydrodynamics of the area behind a reef area that was the subject of a proposed reclamation scheme in Bahrain. Secondary requirements were the assessment of the impact of a reduced flushing regime on nursery grounds and feeding areas, and of the area/extent of potential borrow areas. Sediment characteristics were described and an inventory made of the indigenous flora and fauna.
Puerto Rico, VenezuelaUK GovernmentWaste Management ~ nuclearGeochemical studies around Puerto Rico and Venezuela related to deep-sea disposal of radioactive waste as a collaborative effort involving the Universities of Leeds and Southampton, the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (Deacon Laboratory) and the Oceanographic Institute, Caracas. Sampling undertaken and original methods developed to measure dissolved manganese and the rare earth elements in seawater, sediments and fish teeth using AAS (graphite furnace) and MS respectively. Data indicated the relationship between water values, sediment concentrations and selective replacement of fish bone mineralogy and provided insights into stability of the ocean floor.
Barbados, JamaicaUK GovernmentCZMAdaptive strategies to environmental stress in relation to environmental change in brackish water systems (Baltic Sea) and coral reefs (Jamaica and Barbados). In parallel, other studies included fish censusing as part of a programme to investigate overfishing problems; the impact of development on island natural resources and economies, and plankton investigations (time-series) as part of understanding the energy budgets of coral reefs.
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