New projects are under increasing scrutiny with respect to their potential impacts on natural and human environments and, more than ever, are subject to rigorous assessment to understand and mitigate these impacts.
National requirements, and in many cases international standards, must be met in order to secure timely approvals, funding and community acceptance. Meeting and complying with these requirements and standards requires a strategic and outcomes-oriented approach as well as impact assessments that are systematic, documented and defensible. Conducting and managing the appropriate levels of field study, data analyses, and engagements with regulators and local communities are essential to assuring approval.
Leveraging world-class expertise and innovative technology
ERM has more than 40 years’ experience helping clients plan, assess and deliver new projects on schedule. We help companies identify and manage their environmental, social, and cultural impacts and risks throughout the project lifecycle.
Our global team of specialists provides expertise on international standards as well as local regulatory systems and cultural sensitivities. We understand the capital project design process and work with our clients’ engineering teams to share our knowledge from the outset.
Our comprehensive Impact Assessment support includes:
- Project feasibility and option assessment, siting, routing and planning;
- Design-phase impact and risk mitigation support;
- Resource-specific studies, field surveys and modelling;
- Regulatory permitting and approvals;
- Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards compliance;
- Stakeholder / public engagement design and implementation;
- GIS, imagery analysis, and digital data management; and
- Financial option analysis/assessments.
We have developed a proprietary ERM Impact Assessment Standard, which draws on our decades of experience and ensures a consistent, high-quality approach for our clients.
By harnessing new and developing technologies, such as geospatial data, remote sensing, and unmanned aerial vehicles, we streamline and optimize the impact assessment process and provide more in-depth and tailored impact analyses.
We use infographics and digital presentations to engage with regulators and community stakeholders more effectively. By ensuring effective communication at every stage – from public exhibitions and meetings to informal interviews and workshops - we help to safeguard and strengthen stakeholder relations.
Managing risk and securing client outcomes
Working with ERM enables our clients to achieve their strategic and project objectives quickly and effectively. Our approach focuses on identifying and reducing risks throughout the project life cycle to help clients:
- Evaluate project options based on targeted business outcomes;
- Secure regulatory consent;
- Obtain investor funding;
- Gain social acceptance;
- Reduce or avoid costly delays in project implementation; and
- Achieve tangible savings in capital and operating costs.
This enables companies to maximize their return from new projects and developments while maintaining and enhancing their environmental and social performance, which in turn benefits reputations, revenues, and competitive advantage.