Virtual Conference

Environmental Impact Assessment for Infrastructure Projects Masterclass

Wednesday 02 December 2020


Chair’s opening remarks
Dr Rufus Howard
Impact Assessment Lead
Part 1: Changing policy and evolving social and political landscape impacting EIAs
Current environmental policy and the context for conducting environmental impact assessments in 2020 and beyond
  • Impacts of the Environment Bill on EIAs
  • What does new policy mean?
  • Net Zero, climate change and the impacts on EIAs
  • Net gain and biodiversity considerations
Ben Stansfield
Gowling WLG
Navigating the EIA process: what are the requirements?
  • When is EIA needed? What projects will have requirement?
  • What are the requirements and processes
  • Potential legal challenges and key considerations 
  • Timelines for EIA
Panel discussion: Are Environment Impact Assessments still fit for purpose following changing environmental policy? What changes are need to the process?
  • What is the current environmental challenges and do EIAs need to be looked at differently? 
  • Expected impact of Heathrow decision on future environmental studies
  • Does the industry need to shift thinking on how to carry out EIA and what should be included? Should there be a shift to value added instead of impacts? 
  • What are the implications of Brexit on environmental policy? 
Networking and morning break
Part 2: Practical insight on EIA process
The impact of climate change on conducting EIAs: how should EIA address climate change?
  • What should be assessed?
  • Net zero emissions and EIAs 
  • Assessing impacts on air quality   
  • Possible mitigation that can be included
Ensuring EIA isn’t conducted in isolation: coordinating EIA with wider project development and demonstrating project value
  • Demonstrating the project value, not just impact – how is value measured?
  • Ensuring cohesiveness across other studies including health studies
  • Conducting health assessments
  • EIA as part of project development
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Lucy Wood
Barton Willmore
Ensuring proportionality in applications: what detail needs to be included and how can this be presented proportionally and accessibly
  • How to include all necessary information in a proportionate way?
  • Scoping and deciding what not to scope?
  • Making EIAs accessible
Networking lunch
Successfully engaging the public and conducting consultation
  • Responding to increased public interest in infrastructure projects and environmental impacts
  • How best to engage communities 
  • When and how to conduction consultation?
  • Explaining your project in an accessible way
  • The use of digital EIA and new technologies to showcase your project
The use of digital EIA and new technologies to showcase your project
  • How can digital EIA be used?
Preparing for examination: how are environmental issues considered in examination?
  • Identifying potential specialist areas which will be focused on at examination 
  • Challenges and potential pitfalls
Networking and afternoon break
Part 3: Lessons learnt and guidance on post consent monitoring
How to implement and conduct post consent monitoring
  • How to measure and report effects of project following planning consent
Helen Craven
Principal Environmental Consultant
Royal HaskoningDHV
Panel discussion: Latest lessons and guidance on EIA – what challenges do different projects face and learnings from the process
  • Challenges and lessons from different types of projects
  • Innovations and new ideas for EIA
  • Creating environmental statement – what should be included?
  • Skills and EIA – is further training and upskilling needed?
Chris Leach
Senior Associate
Case study: key lessons and how to apply to future schemes
  • Common challenges faced by developers
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking

*All sessions include time for a short Q&A* 

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