Hartley Anderson manage and deliver environmental assessments relating to National scale strategic plans and programmes and development 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 services we offer are:
- 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) – We undertake the ENVID, scoping and completion of environmental assessments of the implications of project activities which may have significant effects on the environment. Started early in project planning, EIA is used identify and assess potential environmental effects, distinguish between project or activity alternatives, and identify measures to reduce or avoid effects. It fulfils a statutory and other requirements. Hartley Anderson also coordinate and contribute to stakeholder consultation including public exhibitions for nationally or locally important projects.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment – We undertake the initial evaluation of potential likely significant effects of plans/programmes or projects on conservation sites, and subsequent consideration of potential adverse effects on site integrity through Appropriate Assessment.
- Research Co-ordination and Management – We undertake and coordinate marine environmental and ecological research, and survey. Hartley Anderson have long experience in the successful coordination and management of marine environmental research programmes on behalf of government organisations, industry and collaborative groupings.
- 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 complete spatial assessments and constraints and sensitivity mapping at local and national levels. We offer bespoke mapping and spatial data management solutions through our in-house GIS specialists, who use the latest available data and combine it with project specific information to assist project planning and in the design of survey scopes of work.
- Survey Design and Technical Management – Hartley Anderson specialises in the design and coordination of high quality, cost effective seabed and other surveys to fulfil a range of objectives. We have undertaken such work in the northern, central and southern North Sea, west of Shetland to 1500m, west of Hebrides, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea, as well as internationally.
- Licensing and permitting support – Hartley Anderson offer support for all aspects of environmental management associated with the offshore energy and other sectors, from initial licence/lease applications, to permits, licences and consents associated with site assessment, to those required for development, ongoing operations and decommissioning.
- Decommissioning – Hartley Anderson has substantial experience in Comparative Assessments (CA) and have developed a methodology and scoring system for a CA for subsea facilities. We organise and facilitate the CA workshops and produce the CA report. We undertake all aspects of the EIA for decommissioning including ENVID, scoping, stakeholder consultation, survey design, completion of the assessment and preparation of the EIA document.
- Pollution Emergency Plans (PEPs) – development and documentation of plans detailing the arrangements for the prevention and response to spills of hazardous and noxious substances from installations which cause or may cause marine pollution.
- 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 14001:2014).