Environmental management system (EMS) refers to the management of an organisation's environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. It includes the organisational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining a policy for environmental protection. EMS are often written to specific standards, such as ISO 14001 and are increasingly viewed as a minimum requirement for clients seeking construction or engineering contractors. Land Air Water can assist you in writing, implementing and undertaking continual improvement of your EMS, and can undertake internal audits of your EMS required for maintaining ISO 14001 certification. Contact us for more information
Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) are usually developed as part of an EMS and categorically detail the environmental risks of your operations, and the controls you will use to reduce or mitigate them. For some projects, EMPs are mandatory requirements as part of government approvals and need to be developed by the company prior to any work commencing. These should be written, periodically reviewed, and audited for effective implementation or to seek further improvement in your environmental management. Land Air Water, with experience with the development and implementation of EMPs, can either provide you with guidance for preparation, prepare these documents on your behalf, or assist your company in getting your EMPs approved as required. Contact us for more information
New developments, land clearing and changes in land use are all subject to certain approvals and licenses under either local government, Commonwealth or State Law. Failing to obtain the required licences and approvals, including providing the information required by those approvals, may result in a termination of works, fines or other penalties, loss of reputation and major financial impacts for your company. Land Air Water can assist you to identify your legal obligations prior to works commencing and assist you in preparing your applications and documents for submission to ensure you are not vulnerable to penalties or stop works orders. Contact us for more information
Once works commences, even with the best EMS and all the correct licences and permits in place, all sites big and small are required to be maintained in an environmentally safe manner in order to prevent penalties from regulatory agencies including the EPA, Department of Planning and Infrastructure and local councils. Often this requires the monitoring of pollution or the surrounding environment, such as water quality, air quality and noise- this may even be a requirement of your environmental licences and approvals. Land Air Water has extensive experience in on site management, including audits, inspections, incident reporting (to Council and EPA), incident investigations and monitoring of projects worth over $800 million. So no matter what you are doing, how big your site or what you need done, you can benefit from the experience garnered from years of on site management practice across multiple industries. Contact us for more information
There are a multitude of state and Commonwealth environmental laws that may be applicable to your company and your site; failure to meet the obligations of any one of which may result in serious penalties and even prison. With our qualifications and experience in environmental law, Land Air Water can help you identify and provide guidance for legal obligations you may not have even known existed. Land Air Water can write you a legal register, audit your compliance with all applicable laws, provide guidance and interpretation for your company or undertake a review of your current legal register to keep you up to date in changes to environmental legislation. Contact us for more information
Are you removing vegetation or moving dirt? If so, you will need erosion and sediment controls
in place to prevent off-site impacts which may result in fines and penalties. Do you know how to
minimise erosion or prevent sediment leaving your work site? Are these methods the most cost
effective available? Could you pass a random inspection from the EPA right now? Land Air Water
has been trained in erosion and sediment management by the Department of Lands NSW and has vast
experience in the implementation of the '
Blue Book' (Landcom 2004). Land Air Water can undertake
a site inspection and develop an erosion and sediment control plan to help you ensure you and your
site are fully protected. We can even provide training to your workers on the correct selection,
installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls.
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All sites will need to comply with environmental laws and conditions of approval to which they apply. How are you tracking with your compliance? Do you have a compliance tracking system, is it up to date? Not knowing is the first step to compliance failure and is no longer considered an acceptable excuse by the NSW Land and Environment Court. You need a compliance tracking system to list your obligations and track these against your current performance so that you can be sure you are not open for prosecution, stop works orders, or major financial losses.
In many cases, during and after a project has been completed there are still obligations for
reporting against permits and licences conditions for your project. This can include Annual Returns,
Annual Environmental Management Reports and Construction Compliance Reports. In this case you and
your company are not '
released from your obligations' until this reporting has been accepted by the regulatory agency
requiring it. Land Air Water can provide you with the guidance to develop these reports in the format
expected from the regulators, or prepare these reports on your behalf, to ensure your reputation for
environmental management is exemplary.
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Greenhouse gas management refers to the management of an organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions, carbon liability and greenhouse gas reporting requirements. Greenhouse gas management plans can be prepared to meet approval conditions, reduce carbon liability and/or meet strategic greenhouse gas objectives. Land, Air and Water can help you meet reporting obligations under the National Greenhouse and Reporting Act by providing advice on data collection, measurement criteria, calculation methodologies, uncertainty analysis and uploading data into the Emissions and Energy Reporting System. Land, Air and Water can also help you prepare greenhouse gas management plans by preparing greenhouse inventories, cost of abatement analysis, designing monitoring programs, setting evidence based targets and writing plans to meet compliance and/or corporate objectives. Contact us for more information