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Environment Services

OES regard planning for good environmental practice as the key to success in process and engineering developments. We all know what you do today will impact on your future, so manage the actions of today to plan for a sustainable future.

Our team have seen projects from Feasibility Studies through Planning and Environmental Impact Assessments to Construction Management and Integrated Pollution Control Licensing (IPPC) allowing OES to have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of a Project.  Our practical experience spans Site Suitability Assessments for domestic dwellings to full environmental assessments on major infrastructural projects.

So, whether you are planning a development project, or need support in obtaining or ensuring compliance with a License, OES can help.

Environmental & Planning Services

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) An EIA is a legal requirement for many planning developments including industrial facilities, wind farms, large housing developments and new roads.

The EIA consists of background research and field studies to identify any potential negative impact of the site on the environment. It may also include recommendations to minimise any negative impacts. OES have intimate knowledge of the complex legislative framework that exists throughout the various levels of consent and approval.

We provide a comprehensive approach preparing your report, meeting with relevant planners and/or government bodies and the public to ensure all significant environmental issues are addressed.

Site Suitability Assessments

If you are planning to build a house or a number of houses in a rural area, you will need to carry out a percolation test? OES are FETAC accredited to undertake site suitability assessments including percolation tests. As part of the assessment we will complete desktop research and on-site visual assessment, supervise the trial holes excavation and examination of soils, and undertake the percolation test. We will produce a report for the planning authority which will recommend the most suitable waste water treatment system to suit your site and will actively work with you to design the most effective system for your property.

Landscape Design Services

Landscape design allows public, private and industrial developers to visually integrate their developments within the receiving environment. This helps preserve both the amenity and landscape character, in turn improving the overall value of the scheme. As part of OES’s service we collaborate with a design team including architects, engineers, and environmental scientists to ensure that high quality design and specifications are delivered. The creative and innovative capabilities of our design team provide practical and unique solutions to any open space from concept through completion. We are committed to providing balanced, sustainable, innovative planning and design solutions for outdoor environments.

Our services include:

  • Residential Development
  • Retail Parks
  • Habitat Mitigation/Restoration Design
  • Master Planning And Preliminary Design

Wind Energy

OES have been working in the Wind Energy field for over a decade on environmental feasibility and impact assessments and now offer environmental support services to development teams involved in wind farm construction.

Getting OES involved in a project at construction stage gives you access to a team of in house professionals with a wealth of experience in wind farm development and ensuring least possible risk to the project and receiving environment during construction.

Our team  have developed strong working relationships with many Local Authorities, National Parks and Wildlife Services and Inland Fisheries Ireland which help us to design and implement practical solutions to meet their requirements.

Our services include:

  • On Site Environmental Supervision
  • Preparation of Construction Environmental Management Plans
  • Planning Compliance Programs
  • Construction Waste Management Plans
  • Geotechnical Monitoring
  • Water Monitoring Programs
  • Installation of On Line Water Monitoring Equipment
  • Ecological Monitoring (Bird & Mammal)
  • Habitat Assessment
  • Noise Monitoring
  • Site Auditing
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Sediment Runoff Control Plans
  • Planning Compliance Evaluations

IPPC and Waste Licensing

Whether you require an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Licence or Waste Licence from the Environmental Protection Agency, or Permit from your Local Authority, OES will assist you to prepare the application documentation. We will complete the specialist surveys and reports required to obtain the license and also help you to manage and ensure compliance with the license.

Services offered to clients are outlined below:

  • IPPC, Waste License and Waste Permit application
  • Annual Environmental Reports (AER)
  • Environmental and Safety Legal Registers
  • Environmental Compliance Monitoring- Air/Water/Soil/ Noise Monitoring • European Pollutant Release & Transfer Register (E-PRTR)
  • Environmental Liabilities Risk Assessment (ELRA)
  • Residual Management Plans (RMP)/ Closure, Aftercare Management Plans (CRAMP)
  • IPPC Licence Reviews and Surrenders

Our knowledge and experience of licence requirements, our technical capabilities, environmental expertise and project management skills will ensure that you achieve legal compliance with your licence with the minimum of hassle and in the shortest appropriate timeframe.

Environmental Monitoring

OES undertake a wide range of environmental monitoring to help industry, business, and private clients achieve compliance with Environmental Protection Agency Licenses, County Council Permits and Conditions attached to Planning Permissions.

Our project teams work together with clients to assess, develop, and implement monitoring plans, which will ensure environmental protection objectives are successfully achieved.

Our Environmental Monitoring Services include:

  • Water Quality (Groundwater, Surface Water)
  • Wastewater
  • Air Quality
  • Emissions compliance Monitoring
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Ecology and Biodiversity

Our uniquely skilled combination of expertise and resources enable us to measure, monitor, model, and design solutions to for clients to ensure environmental compliance.

Environmental Management Systems and Auditing Services

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are becoming increasingly important to industry to protect the environment from the potential impacts of a business’s activities, products and services. EMS provide a formal, site-specific, documented system which enables a company to manage the environmental aspects of its operations.

OES have assisted numerous companies implement and manage EMS including ISO14001, and EMAS standards. OES also offer independent audit services to clients to ensure compliance with EMS and ensure the accreditations are retained. Other auditing services offered by OES Consulting include: •

  • Due Diligence Audits
  • Exit Audits (part of surrender of IPPC Licenses)
  • Waste Audits
  • Compliance Audits
  • Environmental Reviews

Contaminated Land & Remediation

Remediation of a contaminated site is a complex and detailed task that must be undertaken in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Local Authorities or Insurance Companies.

OES will ensure the correct identification and removal of contaminated material, undertake validation sampling, and coordinate the movement of the material to a licenced disposal/recovery site. We have developed monitoring schemes and undertaken detailed risk assessments to confirm that sites no longer pose any residual risks posed by the sites.

Our experience of contamination issues, detailed environmental knowledge, and project management capabilities allow us to carry out this work in a cost effective manner on your behalf.

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