1st Annual (2019)

Environmental Impact Assessment for Infrastructure Projects Masterclass

Tuesday 16 July 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Peter George
Chair; Business Director – Environment
IEMA's Impact Assessment Network Steering Group; Capita
How to navigate the EIA process: What is needed, associated timelines and costs
  • What types of developments require EIA?
  • Effectively completing the EIA process for your project and the associated timelines alongside your project development
  • What are the different requirements needed for DCO application & town and country planning applications
  • The costs associated with EIAs
Luke Strickland
Practice Leader for Environmental Assessment
Mott MacDonald
The environmental requirements for project development: Meeting and demonstrating environmental studies and impacts
  • How to navigate and meet the legal requirements of EIA
  • What further changes should be made to the EIA regulations
  • What legal challenges may your project face?
Ben Stansfield
Gowling WLG
Morning refreshments
Scoping, mitigation and cumulative effects: how to efficiently navigate these key areas from start to finish
  • How to effectively use scoping for your project to avoid delays
  • Putting mitigation measures in place to address the environmental impacts
  • Common pitfalls developers face during scoping and mitigation which leads to delays
  • Conducting Cumulative effects assessments – how can it be done? How to address cumulative effects?
Joanna Wright
Director of Environmental Planning
Practical guidance on how to incorporate the assessment of potential implications that your project may have on health, climate change and air quality
  • What assessments should you take into consideration when assessing whether your project has implications on health
  • What different methodologies can we develop to assess the potential of major accidents and disasters in relation to your project
  • Climate change and air quality: how can you examine whether your project contributes to this?
Kerry Whalley
Associate Director, Environment and Sustainability
Writing your Environmental Statement – practical guidance on how to avoid the common pitfalls to prevent delay
  • Understanding what is required within the EIA to avoid delays
  • How to write your environmental statement
  • Preparing the PEIR for NSIP applications
  • Reviewing of the Environmental Statement
  • Common pitfalls encountered with the Environmental Statement
David Price
EIA and Land Rights Manager
The Planning Inspectorate
Networking lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION: Two years on from the introduction of the 2017 EIA regulations – what are the effects and are they working in practice?
  • What are the cost implications of the 2017 EIA regulations for developers
  • The 2017 EIA Regulations: Two years on – are they working in practice to enhance the environment?
  • What requirements are still not being met?
  • Beyond the EIA: What can we do to contribute to improving the environment
Josh Fothergill
Founder & Director
Fothergill Training & Consulting
Luke Strickland
Practice Leader for Environmental Assessment
Mott MacDonald
Joanna Wright
Director of Environmental Planning
Afternoon refreshments
How can we deliver a proportionate EIA to improve process efficiency
  • What steps could be taken to make EIA proportionate?
  • What improvements need to be made to the EIA process?
  • Is the EIA effectively addressing all the environmental issues associated with developments?
Dr Natalie Frost
Head of Environment
Engaging effectively with the public about your project to enhance EIA development
  • At which point in the DCO process should we consider consultation to support EIA development
  • Introducing the community to your scheme: The benefits of good community engagement
  • Key lessons learnt from previous consultations
Steven Edwards
Senior Environmental Planner
SP Energy Networks
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*