Hartley Anderson has experience in the management and delivery of environmental assessments relating to National scale strategic plans and programmes and development level projects across the public and private sectors working in the coastal and marine environment. Hartley Anderson's experience base and range of contacts allows us to offer specialist environmental consultancy addressing our clients' environmental challenges at both a technical and strategic level. The key services we offer are outlined below, and examples of some of our work are given on the sectors page.
- Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA) – Environmental and socio-economic assessment of Regional and National scale plans and programmes, assisting in incorporating environmental considerations into plan decision making. SEA involves the collation of an environmental baseline to identify and assess likely significant effects against, the consideration effects from reasonable alternatives to the plan or programme, the identification of mitigation measures to prevent, reduce or offset any predicted effect, and subsequent monitoring of the plan following its adoption. The SEA process involves significant engagement with stakeholders, conservation bodies and the public.
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – Environmental assessment of the implications of certain projects or project-level activities which are likely to have a significant effect on the environment. Typically started early in project planning, EIA is used identify and assess potential environmental effects, inform a consideration of project or activity alternatives, and identify measures to reduce or avoid effects.
Hartley Anderson can coordinate and contribute to public exhibitions for projects which have particular sensitivities due to their nature or scale, and produce environmental training information for client staff and contractors.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment – The initial evaluation of potential likely significant effects of plans/programmes or projects European conservation sites (Natura 2000), and subsequent consideration of potential adverse effects on site integrity through Appropriate Assessment.
- Environmental Management Systems (EMS) – A systematic approach to the management of an organisations’ activities such that environmental considerations are made in decision making and ongoing operations, with a view to achieving relevant environmental objectives or to meet company policy. EMS are subject to independent verification to recognised standards (e.g. to ISO 14001:2004).
- Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs) – A document detailing the arrangements for the prevention and response to spills from installations which cause or may cause marine pollution from the release of liquid hydrocarbons. These plans are required for all offshore installations, including mobile drilling rigs, engaged in oil and gas activities.
- Operational support – Hartley Anderson offer operational support for all aspects of environmental management associated with the offshore energy sector, from initial block licence applications, to permits and consents associated with exploration, to those required for development and ongoing operations. Specific permitting support offered includes those for:
- Directions under the EIA Regulations
- Chemical permits
- Oil discharge permits
- Consent to locate
- Pipeline Works Authorisation and Deposit Consents
- Marine survey consent
- Marine licences
- Combustion installation permits
- EU ETS Permits
- Hartley Anderson offer other bespoke environmental services. For instance we have assisted a number of offshore oil and gas operators in the collation and synthesis of the survey and other data connected with their assets, both to support future environmental submissions, and as part of information gap analyses to identify requirements for further work. Additionally, Hartley Anderson have drafted numerous survey scopes of work, supported subsequent survey operations, and provided review and feedback on resulting reports to ensure survey objectives have been satisfactorily met.
- GIS and data management – The acquisition, collation and clear presentation of marine spatial data is a key supporting aspect of environmental management and assessment. We offer bespoke mapping and spatial data management solutions through our in-house GIS specialists, who keep abreast of the latest available data which can be combined with project specific information to assist project planning and in the design of survey scopes of work. We also work at national scales, having previously undertaken spatial constraints mapping in UK waters for the offshore marine renewables sector.