Royal HaskoningDHV offers EIA services for a wide range of sectors, from renewable energy and port development, to flood alleviation schemes and urban planning. We have extensive experience and knowledge of regulatory compliance regulations for the UK, Scottish and EU countries, and we are often used as expert witnesses to support EIA applications. We are also appointed to independently audit environmental statements, particularly for potentially contentious projects.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) predicts the environmental affects of a proposed project and ensures that development proposals and activities are environmentally sound and sustainable. We believe the EIA process should commence early on in the development of a project as it can be used to inform the design of a project, as detailed in the diagram below. The EIA provides information that can be used during the decision making process eg, planning.
The need for EIA stems from EU legislation including the EIA Directive (85/337/EEC) and the directive which amended this initial Directive, 97/11/EEC.
These directives have been implemented into regulations in all EU member states. Royal HaskoningDHV adheres to best practice when undertaking all EIAs. All EIA work is assessed by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Our environmental impact assessment expertise is based in the UK and the Netherlands and has been deployed successfully in projects across the globe. Our experience in undertaking EIA’s for a wide range of projects and in an array of countries has given our staff extensive insight into the mechanisms and legislation relating to the subject in both domestic and international environments. We are accredited by IEMA, and, as an EIA practitioner we have produced best practice EIA guidance for a number of companies and specific sectors within the marine aggregate industry.