Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a core capability of NGH Environmental. We have a proven track record of delivering Environmental Impact Assessments to Government agencies, statutory authorities and industry since 1992.
From the start of a project, we consider environmental and social factors to help you minimise potential impacts of a project, reduce approvals timeframes and compliance costs and increase community engagement and acceptance. We work with you to understand your needs from the concept phase of your project, through to its implementation and decommissioning.
Services we provide include:
- Statement of Environmental Effects
- Review of Environmental Factors
- Environmental Impact Statements
- State Significant Infrastructure and Development Applications
- Constraints assessments and preliminary environmental investigations
Working closely with our clients and regulatory bodies means that planning and development approval processes are streamlined, timely and cost-effective. Good communication and a strategic approach allows us to identify and address potentially costly environmental constraints at the planning stage.
NGH Environmental’s expertise in community consultation planning and support is also critical to the success of large infrastructure projects that can impact on local communities.
NGH is one of Australia’s most experienced consultancies in the area of wind and solar farm development. We have managed the environmental assessment of proposed State-significant developments and major projects developments such as:
- Silverton $2 billion – 1000 MW, c.500 turbines. This proposal included 300km of new transmission lines within NSW and Victoria (Epuron)
- Yass $850M – 270 MW, 80 turbines (Epuron)
- Nyngan Solar Farm $300M – 106MW (AGL Energy Limited)
Review of Environmental Factors (REF)
A Review of Environmental Factors is required when the activity is proposed by the Consent Authority. This comprehensive document must demonstrate that the proponent has identified any adverse impacts on the natural environment or communities and sought to minimise them.
Our extensive experience in compliance assessments means we can simplify the process of determining whether or not your project will then require an environmental impact statement (EIS) under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) 1979.
Our clients include National Parks and Wildlife Service NPWS, Epuron and maritime authorities.
Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
A Statement of Environmental Effects is required to accompany a development application (DA) when the activity is not being proposed by the Consent Authority. It must outline details of the proposed development including reference to relevant planning policies, plans and zoning.
NGH Environmental provides professional statements of environmental effects (SEEs) to fast-track the application process for complicated projects for clients such as ski resorts, concrete batching plants and Snowy Hydro Ltd.
Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
An Environmental Impact Statement is required if, on completion of the review of environmental factors, the Consent Authority decides that impacts on the environment are likely to be significant.
NGH Environmental provides comprehensive environmental impact statements that outline how to avoid negative impacts of projects for sectors including renewable energy infrastructure, quarries and linear developments. Our projects include AGL’s Nyngan Solar Farm and a SEP 14 wetland assessment for Eurobodalla Council.
Preliminary Environmental Investigations (PEI)
To facilitate strategic and cost-effective planning a Preliminary Environmental Investigation (PEI) will identify potential opportunities and environmental constraints that may influence the development of design options.
We have extensive experience in the preparation of PEIs for major projects and large infrastructure developers such as Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and councils.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) Referrals
Projects which may have an impact on matters of national environmental significance, the heritage values of a World or National Heritage place and threatened species may be referred to the Department the Environment for assessment. Further environmental investigations and reports may then be required.
NGH provides our clients with feedback and advice on EPBC referrals, allowing them to develop projects which will mitigate or avoid potential impacts and costly delays across sectors, including roads, dams, wind and solar farm transmission lines. Our clients include AGL, Cooma Monaro Shire Council and Infigen Energy.
With both in-house and external specialists NGH Environmental also provides a range of other assessments including:
- Community consultation and planning
- Bushfire planning
- Visual impact assessments
- Noise and vibration assessments
- Air quality assessments
- Ecology assessments and clearing permits.
- Heritage assessments