Environmental Assessments and Support

Environment

Delivering future-facing solutions

Environmental Support

Balancing environmental responsibility with your project outcomes is our priority. Our team offers a range of services through the project lifecycle from appraisal of design options through to environmental management of the construction stage.

We work within your project teams to deliver solutions designed to mitigate adverse effects and enhance the environment and community. With industry-leading knowledge across environmental and social topics, our experts take a holistic approach to environmental assessment and management, which our clients always value

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

Ecus has over 30 years’ experience in undertaking statutory and non-statutory EIA projects, from initial screening and scoping through to the production of Environmental Statements.

As a result, we hold the IEMA EIA Quality Mark and have successfully completed major projects across Great Britain including tidal barrage construction, power stations, wind farm developments, quarrying and industrial schemes, road and other linear developments.

Fit for purpose solutions

Permitting and Consenting

We provide tailored advice and support to navigate a range of permitting and consenting processes. This includes Flood Risk Activity Permitting, Marine Licensing and SSSI Consenting, supporting surveys and assessments, and managing consultation with regulators and statutory advisors.

Our team works with project designers and contractors to understand potential project impacts in the context of the licensing regime, to ensure mitigation is appropriate and regulatory requirements are understood.

Ecosystem Services

Natural Capital

An increasingly important aspect to managing our environment, we support and advise on the approaches and tools required to assess ecosystem services, including stakeholder engagement and mapping.

We provide strategic advice on land use in the context of natural capital and ecosystem services.

Experienced environmental assessments

HRA and MCZ

Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRAs) are required where there is potential for plans and projects to adversely affect European protected sites for habitats and species. This includes Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas and Ramsar sites. Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Assessments are required as part of the Marine Licensing process in England for works near designated MCZs.

We manage these assessments for submission as part of the wider consenting and planning processes. In addition, we have a wealth of experience of providing Screening and Appropriate Assessment on behalf of Competent Authorities. This includes supporting surveys, data analysis, assessment and reporting and managing consultation with regulators and statutory advisors.

Environmental support

Delivering environmental and social impacts

Construction Environmental Management

We understand the importance of ensuring any environmental and social solutions identified during the planning and design phases of a project are implemented . By collaborating with planners and designers, we outline environmental and social construction management plans, drawing together the identified mitigation as well as advice on current construction environmental management practice.

With over 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge and experience to work with primary contractors. With a close partnership, we can strengthen management plans into workable documents guaranteed to deliver real environmental and social benefits.