Environmental Impact Assessment

BEC Consultants staff are experienced and qualified to contribute to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) through undertaking the Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA). BEC Consultants staff have carried out EcIAs and prepared Flora and Fauna chapters for inclusion in Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) in relation to numerous projects in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments around Ireland. Projects completed have included offshore wind farms, bridges, wastewater treatment plants and harbour/marina developments.

BEC Consultants can assist in the preparation of an EIS and contribute to the process at all stages including:

  • screening
  • scoping
  • stakeholder consultation
  • ecological constraints study/site selection/feasibility
  • baseline/existing environment description
  • impact assessment
  • recommendation of mitigation measures
  • reporting
  • attendance at oral hearing as expert witness.

On successful granting of consent, BEC Consultants can contribute to the preparation of Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and Construction Management Plans (CMP), undertake construction monitoring and develop and undertake operation phase monitoring.

Background Information on EIA

The EIA process finds its beginnings in Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, and this directive and its three amendments were codified in 2011 (2011/92/EU). The EIA Directive has recently been reviewed and the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Directive. The next step in the process is for the text to be considered by the European Parliament and the European Council. Once the text is agreed, the Directive will become EU law.