Environmental Management Services

By: Digby Wells Environmental  11-11-2011
Keywords: Environmental Management, Impact assessments, World Bank

Environmental Management Services (EMS) at Digby Wells focus on management of environmental processes, co-ordination of projects, compilation of environmental documentation and product development. This includes the management of specialist teams required to conduct large scale environmental and social projects, as well as the compilation of the environmental reports to be submitted to the relevant government authorities for authorisation.

Digby Wells also has expertise in environmental compliance, over a wide spectrum of industries and commodities. The Environmental Management Services provided by Digby Wells can be tailored for the South African market, as well as to adhere to the Equator principles, IFC and World Bank International requirements.

Detailed Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Environmental Management Programmes (EMPs), to fulfil the requirements of local and international requirements, are compiled, consultation with the Authorities and with Interested and Affected Parties are undertaken, and qualitative and quantitative impact assessments and predictions are performed. An EMP is compiled which describes how the impact should be mitigated and managed over the lifespan of the project.

In order to ensure that our advice and recommendations are proactive, we monitor international, regional and local environmental trends, with focus on legal aspects that govern the permitting process.

An Environmental Management Programme (EMP) performance assessment is a requirement in terms of Regulation 55 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002, as well as Regulation 543, and Regulation 69 (8) of the National Environmental Management Act (as amended), Act 107 of 1998.

It is undertaken in order to assess a particular operations compliance with the commitments stated in an approved EMP and/or environmental authorisation. Performance assessments can also be carried out to assess compliance of any particular operation with that of any authorisation stating conditions (i.e. Water Use Licences, Air Emissions Licence etc.)

Environmental authorisation is granted by the relevant authorising authority based on certain conditions being met prior to and during construction of the project. One of these conditions is the client’s responsibility to appoint an experienced environmental control officer (ECO), to monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the approved Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and the environmental authorisation itself. Digby Wells are able to provide clients with experienced ECOs, to assist clients in complying with the authorities’ and the EMP’s requirements.

By conducting regular site audits, our experienced ECOs are able to provide regular compliance monitoring reports to the client, make recommendations on how to improve environmental management during current construction activities and provide the authorities with a final compliance report, after which the project may proceed into operation.

Carbon footprinting is a new service offered by Digby Wells and has been developed in response to the increasing demand for greater corporate responsibility in the management of climate change related issues.

Organisations are increasingly being asked to report on actions they are undertaking to reduce their carbon footprint. Calculating your company’s carbon footprint is the first step to improved carbon management, which will allow you to reduce operating costs, improve your corporate reputation, draw new investments and meet regulatory requirements under the Kyoto Protocol. Digby Wells has undertaken carbon footprints for large mining companies who wish to report on their carbon performance through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Digby Wells has further helped them to understand the business risks relating to carbon emissions and dangerous climate change and to identify opportunities for reducing their carbon footprints.

Digby Wells also supplies support services to companies who wish to participate in corporate social responsibility and sustainability reports.

Digby Wells has, in an independent capacity, consistently compiled liability assessments for closure for a number of mining operations throughout Africa, always following the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and associated guidelines. The company has taken an approach to calculating closure costs that not only satisfies the regulatory requirements of the state, but also provides a management framework with which the operation can manage its closure costs during the construction and operational phases of the mine.

The Digby Wells model makes use of current market-related rates that are sourced on a biannual basis or when necessary. Digby Wells also makes use of GIS to measure infrastructure accurately as well as to determine cut-and-fill ratios for box cuts, pits and dumps through spatial analysis and 3D software.

The structure of the model is such that it can easily be updated on an annual basis as well as amended to include new areas. With the detailed and matrix view, one can easily present or analyse the data within the model. The model also makes provision for a map and photo library, where aspects of the operation can be linked to a photo and map reference for easy identification.

Keywords: Environmental Management, Impact assessments, World Bank

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