Environmental Management Plans (EMP)

Whether as a mechanism to satisfy planning conditions or legal obligations, or as a way of enhancing a company’s public image, developers are increasingly realising the benefits of adopting EMPs to ensure that environmental issues such as noise, dust, traffic and other perceived nuisances from construction activities are minimised.

Often, EMPs also represent a natural way of translating environmental mitigation and control measures from the Environmental Impact Assessment stage to the post planning implementation stage. An effective and proper transition could prove valuable in avoiding costly project delays and abatement actions.

What is an EMP?
An EMP is a document that sets out required actions in terms of environmental issues during demolition and construction. Key areas usually addressed include; noise, vibration, air/dust, construction traffic, waste management (minimisation, reuse, recycle, disposal), neighbourhood liaison, material storage & handling, and energy and water efficiency, but non-standard issues can be incorporated, for example odour, drawing upon the wide range of experience and expertise of Waterman Group. Performance levels for these issues can be specified prior to works commencing, often in conjunction with the Local Authority, and measured on an on-going basis.

The EMP can be tailored to fit any project size and complexity, ranging from a detailed documented management system with a set of environmental procedures that are applicable to all project contractors, to a simple document which sets out key responsibilities and procedures for quick reference on site.

More often than not, our clients take advantage of our in-house monitoring equipment and extend the scope of the EMP audits to cover regular environmental monitoring (of dust, noise, vibration etc). This checks and ensures compliance with the EMP, relevant environmental legislation and any appropriate codes of construction practice, and provides data with which to respond to/defend any complaints.

EMP Related Services:

  • Identifying site opportunities, constraints and potential sensitive receptors to the works
  • Undertaking background surveys on noise, vibration, dust, asbestos, hazardous materials and soil and groundwater contamination to provide a baseline reference
  • Producing environmental specifications for demolition and main construction packages, e.g. piling
  • Reviewing tender returns and interviewing contractors
  • Producing bespoke EMP’s in liaison with the Local Authorities
  • Undertaking regular compliance site audits during the works, including review of contractor documentation
  • Undertaking compliance monitoring (noise, vibration, dust, groundwater, chemical testing) during the works
  • Developing Site Waste Management Plans, as required under the Site Waste Management Plan Regulations 2008
  • Regular liaison with the local authorities, contractors, project team and neighbours
  • Assist with attaining compliance with local considerate construction schemes and achieving relevant BREEAM credits