Environmental management: regulatory, compliance and legal

As well as communicating the science, we are skilled in managing the stakeholder engagement that is key to improving your social licence to operate.

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Key contact

Phil Dana

Regional Business Development Director - Americas

Ottawa, Canada

+1 613 592 2830 (235) environment@bmtglobal.com

Our work for and reputation with different regulators worldwide means that we understand drivers and can present information that matches priorities and ways of working.

Trusted leaders in coastal investigations and management planning

Our services include:

We have a unique understanding of the technical issues, planning and policy frameworks surrounding coastal development, and an extensive network of contacts across state and local government in New South Wales.

Compliance assessments and environmental audits

Our auditing and compliance assessments can help you improve project efficiencies by recognising outstanding processes and mitigating ineffective ones. We can identify the root causes of any issues to ensure compliance and encourage best practices and support continuous improvement.

We offer an integrated approach to compliance auditing services.

We work across various market sectors, including vessel design & performance, defence, oil & gas, water & environment, ports & terminals, mining & bulk handling, buildings, infrastructure & rail. We have conducted numerous environmental systems, safety & design audits.

Auditing services rely on an eye for detail and the technical capacity to understand your systems and technologies.

With increasingly complex projects, legislation and approval requirements, corporate reputation is now more closely tied to social, health, environmental and quality performance. Accordingly, the need to justify, measure and communicate this performance has never been more critical.

According to international best practice strategies, our projects are managed in compliance with local legislative requirements and safely, efficiently, and sustainably.

We encourage best practice and continual improvement to achieve the best outcomes in environmental, quality, social and health, management values. In our experience, auditing helps to minimise impacts to these values while improving project efficiencies to achieve outstanding processes and continual performance improvement.

We offer an integrated approach to compliance auditing services.

We work across various market sectors in the Asia Pacific region, including vessel design and performance, defence, oil and gas, water and environment, ports and terminals, mining and bulk handling, buildings infrastructure and rail. We have conducted numerous environmental, systems, safety, design audits and due diligence.

Our audits may be undertaken remotely (via desktop or video technology) or through direct site visitation. Our integrated auditing and technical capabilities result in more efficient assessments.

Environmental approvals

Getting the necessary approvals for your project can be a complex and demanding task. We can interpret the broad range of environmental laws and policies that can apply to a project. We can help you manage the whole process, from identifying and measuring impacts to liaising with regulatory agencies and preparing environmental management and mitigation plans. We apply our experience operating in differing regulatory environments and industries to your advantage.

We help you navigate environmental assessment, approvals and compliance processes for large and small-scale developments and infrastructure projects across the entire life cycle.

We work as trusted advisors to gain environmental approvals that are timely and practical to implement.

We offer innovative solutions to reducing project risk and optimising healthy community and environmental outcomes.

We specialise in:

Environmental impact assessments

We have an international reputation for preparing high-quality EIAs and associated technical studies. Preparation of such documents requires a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant national, state, and local authority regulations, standards and practices, and the reporting requirements to satisfy the various approval processes. The key to an effective EIA is understanding relevant pathways and identifying environmental thresholds beyond which it is impossible to recover the impacts. We develop ecological mitigation and monitoring measures to reduce environmental risk whilst maintaining the project's integrity effectively.

We draw on our heritage to satisfy the demands of diverse regulatory environments and different industries.

We have an international reputation for preparing high-quality Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and associated studies.

We are experienced in carrying out environmental investigations for the private, government and industry sectors. We can address all aspects of the EIA process and the preparation of environmental management plan, including:

We develop project concepts and designs that will meet environmental standards whilst maintaining the integrity of the project.

We can deliver high quality, effective and timely environmental assessments and have proven experience in guiding approval processes for coastal development projects to successful completion, including work with local Councils, State Government Departments, developers, and infrastructure providers on the coast.

Approval documentation

Our reports and studies are of the highest quality to help y obtain approvals, demonstrate compliance with environmental and planning requirements, and minimise information requests.

The documentation that we can prepare and review concerning coastal works and development projects include:

Design of environmental management plans

Our experience in, and reputation for, developing environmental management plans (EMPs) means that we can help you successfully meet the requirements of permits and approval and, in doing so, the needs of regulators. Based on project data, our EMP design goes beyond statutory reporting requirements to help you fully understand and manage all the environmental factors associated with your project.

Peer review and expert witness

We have credibility in presenting an opinion and answering cross-questioning to assist environment courts with assessments of development proposals.

Our services:

Policy and regulatory guidance

The need for your policies and procedures to be up to date and actively ensure compliance becomes more necessary and more challenging as the demands of new regulations become more onerous.

We can help your organisation develop policies and procedures that reflect and define best practice environmental management and support your business objectives:

Project scoping and feasiblity studies

We work with you to scope the critical issues associated with a project or proposal from its earliest stages, which includes helping you design and collect field monitoring data and surveys to establish the essential baseline of information to support your project.

We can develop a regulatory agency and broader consultation and engagement programmes with your key stakeholders.

Risk assessment and management

We use risk-based assessments and risk management processes under the International Standard for Risk Management (ISO 31000). Our risk management services range from specific chemical and ecological risk assessment to assessing and mitigating risks from natural hazards such as floods and storm surges on existing assets and infrastructure.

We are global leaders in understanding the future risks to both built and natural assets from climate change and the complex challenges that lay ahead in the context of practical adaptation. Our clear and actionable findings can help you successfully identify, assess, manage, monitor and mitigate risk, as well as develop effective treatment and adaptation strategies.

Stakeholder consultation

Effective communication and consultation with stakeholders and the community remain the benchmark of an effective EIA process. We strive to communicate the often-complex technical analysis effectively and present the information to regulatory agencies and stakeholders. We can ensure that our output is technically robust and effectively communicated using the latest graphical and GIS software.