environmental impact assessment service Articles

  • Demystifying the Role of Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessments

    Ensuring that development projects benefit both people and the planet is becoming more and more of a priority. Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) have been in use for decades to consider the effects of projects such as dams, highways, and oil and gas development. Over the years, ESIAs have evolved to cover both ...

  • How to weave ecosystem services into impact assessments

    The Wayuu people in northern Colombia depend on shrubland for grazing their livestock. These herds serve as the Wayuus’ main source of income and food, and this is partly why they depend so heavily on the existence and condition of shrubland ecosystems. But livestock are also used to pay dowries or make amends, playing a major role in facilitating social interactions between families and ...

  • Weaving ecosystem services into impact assessment: A step-by-step method

    The services provided by ecosystems play a vital role in human well-being. Although some ecosystem services are easily recognized— food, timber, and freshwater, for example— others may be less apparent. Ecosystems control erosion; reduce the damage caused by natural disasters; and regulate our air, water, and soil quality. A reduction or loss of any of these services and the benefits ...

  • Product environmental footprint in policy and market decisions – applicability and impact assessment

    In April, 2013 the European Commission published the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) methodology ‐ a life cycle based multi‐criteria measure of the environmental performance of products, services and organizations. With its approach of “comparability over flexibility” the PEF/OEF methodology aims at harmonizing existing methods, while decreasing the flexibility ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Canarina DISPER software · air · environmental impact assessment · algorithms 11

      Canarina DISPER software · air · environmental impact assessment    Unstable or Neutral - Momentum Rise. For situations where the stack gas temperature is less than or equal to the ambient air temperature, the assumption is made that the ...

  • The Phase 1 Environmental Assessment

    In today’s world where every property is subject to potential environmental risks a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment or ESA is an appropriate action to take. An ESA can help determine if the property has been contaminated by previous or current activities. The ESA can help protect the purchaser of a property from environmental risks prior to the closing on a property.  Lenders ...

  • Assessing the impact of water service regulatory reforms in Italy: a multidimensional approach

    In 1994 the regulatory framework of water services in Italy was radically modified, by transforming a traditional publicly operated system, which relied heavily for investments on fiscal budgets, into a system made up of self-sustaining corporate enterprises regulated at arm's length. After 19 years, the time has come to make an assessment of what has been achieved. This paper develops an ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The environmental impact of changing consumption patterns: a survey

    How does environmental impact change when national income increases? So far, this question has been mainly discussed from the point of view of production, but in recent years several studies have dealt with the question of decoupling from the point of view of consumption. The optimistic subscribers to decoupling argue that, with increasing income, the composition of consumption changes in the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental Assessments – An Important Component of CSR Programs

    Companies and industries strongly engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have taken significant steps in their sourcing policies to reduce unethical and inhuman working conditions by controlling their subcontractors along the supply chain. Until now, the primary focus has been on working conditions, but CSR also encompasses environmental concerns as part of a global sustainability ...


    By SGS

  • Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessment

    Troy Risk was approached by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIBI) to complete a combination Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Phase II Subsurface Investigation, on a multi-lot parcel that would be KIBI’s new headquarters building. Troy Risk performed the Phase I / Phase II on a not-for-profit basis in support of the merit of KIBI’s mission. The historical use of the ...


    By Troy Risk, Inc.

  • EEB and WWF on Business Impact Assessment and the work by KPMG for UNICE and CEFIC

    It is 6 years now since the debate on a new European chemicals policy began. For nearly as long UNICE and CEFIC have been complaining about possible business impacts. After several dozen impact assessments and 9 months of debate in a European Commission Working Group on “Further Impact Assessments” EEB and WWF believe it is time to explain our position so as to avoid any misrepresentation or ...

  • The management of environmental services in the City of Bologna

    This paper explores the debate around the pursuit of an integrated and participatory approach to environmental services within the Italian planning system, using the case of Bologna as a practical and innovative example. The Master Plan of Bologna, virtually unchanged since it was established in 1989, is not suited to dealing with the range of environmental issues evident today. The pursuit of an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Application of dispersion models in the environmental assessment process in the United Kingdom

    The UK planning process has traditionally been separated from the licensing process as far as industry is concerned. Implementation of the Environmental Assessment Directive (85/337/EEC) has therefore been the responsibility of planners, not pollution regulators. This is one of the reasons why there are no formalised procedures for using dispersion models in the environmental assessment ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental pressures and impacts of public sector organisations: the case of the Portuguese military

    Public institutions are beginning to realise that they must shift their management towards sustainability. Thus, public sector, including defence services, environmental performance evaluation is a growing reality. The main objective of this research was to assess the environmental pressures and impacts profile of the Portuguese defence sector. A questionnaire survey was conducted involving all ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Measurements and Standards to Support Increased Energy Efficiency and Reduced Environmental Impact

    “The world is facing twin energy-related threats: that of not having adequate and secure supplies of energy at affordable prices and that of environmental harm caused by consuming too much of it.” Daniel Hecker, economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2005 Buildings in the U.S. consume 72 percent of all electrical energy produced in this country. Emissions associated with ...

  • Use of the ecosystem services concept in ecological risk assessment of chemicals

    Abstract ‐ The reason for expressing ecological protection goals in terms of ecosystem services is to make a connection between ecosystems and what people get out of them in terms of marketed goods and non‐marketed welfare. Here our focus will be on how the ecosystem services framework is and can be applied to the ecological risk assessment (ERA) of chemicals. We provide two contrasting ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • Quarry impact assesment at Arclid quarry

    Project: Arclid Quarry Client: Bathgate Silica Sand Location: Spill response, environmental sampling, risk assessment, regulator liaison Services: Impact assessment, abstraction licence support and geotechnical advice Archibald Bathgate Group Ltd is the UK’s largest, independent, specialist producer of silica sand, supplying ...


    By ESI Consulting Ltd

  • Banks and Environment Protection - an Assessment

    Only Average Results in the Environmental-Rating of Europe‘s Forty Most Prominent Banks Switzerland is one of the world‘s most important places for banking. That the Swiss banks are also ahead of their competitors in the area of environmental protection is just one of the findings of an international Environmental-Rating survey published today by oekom research. With grades of C+ each, the two ...


    By oekom research AG

  • Sparse principal component analysis based sustainability assessment of EOL ICT service infrastructures

    Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM) is becoming a more effective approach to solve sustainable (environmental, social and economic) problems. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) positively made business more efficient and less polluting, while negatively contributes to environmental impacts by releasing of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and producing e-wastes. This paper will develop a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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