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Construction Environmental Management Plans and Assessments

It is a requirement of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process that the construction impacts from a development are assessed in addition to those from its operation.

Following planning and environmental permit approvals, controls to environmentally manage the construction programme need to be established. In addition to specific mitigation measures, such as wheel washes, acoustic shielding and water run-off management, this often requires monitoring of noise, dust, effluent and surface water releases from construction activities and the effective management of waste. During ground clearance works in the initial phases of construction, many sites also require an ecological clerk of works to ensure that biodiveristy impacts are minimised.

A range of best practice guidance documents are available, including those produced by professional bodies that Phlorum or our staff are qualified members of.
Construction is also an energy intensive process contributing approximately 7% to the UK’s annual CO2 emissions. There are, therefore, increasing measures, guidance and legal requirements to environmentally manage these impacts during construction.

In addition to providing the requisite construction environmental management and assessment input to the Environmental Impact Assessment process, Phlorum also routinely provides environmental services during active construction works. This includes formulating Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs), site waste management plans, ecological watching briefs, monitoring air/dust/odour/noise/vibration emissions and completing Environmental Audits of construction sites.