Introduction

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) systems have become established in both developed and developing countries, usually as a legal requirement of the development control process. EIA is an important tool to inform decision-makers, regulators and stakeholders, about the possible environmental impact as well as social and economic costs of the proposed energy project. EIA requires active involvement of all concerned parties, in the process of screening and scoping the EIA process as well as decision making and conducting transparent public hearings to evaluate the EIA reports.

The purpose of this very interactive course is to enable participants to identify the key stages of the EIA process and to provide guidance on managing complex technical projects related to energy development. The course will help develop their knowledge and skills to apply and carry out EIA in the context of planning and execution of various energy projects. The course will very much rely on the real-world case studies that will be included in several workshops with class discussions and problem solving that will help participants to enhance their effectiveness in handling complex practical problems.

This training course will highlight:

  • Data Collection, Evaluation, Interpretation and Validation
  • Development of Environmental Management Plan (EMP)
  • Risk Assessment and Best Practices for Mitigation
  • Biodiversity Assessment, Conservation Plan and Socio-Economic Impact
  • Legal requirements for Environmental Clearance Process

Objectives

By the end of this training course, participants will learn to:

  • Evaluate environmental and socio-economic aspects of the project
  • Understand interplay between ecosystems and technological factors
  • Develop environmental data for the given resources
  • Learn how to carry out EIA procedure leading to environmental clearance
  • Prepare EMP and monitoring procedure

Training Methodology

The course will be conducted along workshop principles with formal lectures, case studies and interactive worked examples. Relevant case studies will be provided to illustrate the application of each aspect of the EIA process. Each learning point will be re-enforced with practical exercises. There will be ample opportunities for the class discussion and sharing experiences.

Organisational Impact

Organization will benefit from this training course because it will provide engineers and other professionals with practical skills to perform Environmental Impact Assessment when dealing with complex energy projects and implement those principles in the framework of international standards and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Personal Impact

Engineers and other professionals will, after attending this course, be well equipped to follow the procedural step-by-step process of analyzing the environmental aspects of the technical complexities of the typical energy project. They will be able to make more accurate estimate about the overall environmental impact of the proposed energy project.

Who Should Attend?

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Energy Project Managers
  • Engineers involved in environmental aspects of energy project
  • Professionals responsible for environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Professionals involved in the review and evaluation of EIA
  • Professionals working on environmental protection and management
  • Professionals who evaluate the results of EIA by others

The Course Outline

Day One: Energy Projects and Impact to Environment

  • Environmental and Safety Considerations in Design of Energy Projects
  • Risks related to Operation and Maintenance of Energy Systems
  • Power Generation Plants
  • Process and Petrochemical Plants
  • Transport of Oil and Gas
  • Ocean and Coastal Energy Systems

Day Two: Purpose of Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA)

  • Origins of EIA and History of Implementations across the World
  • Mission and Purpose of EIA based on United Nations Program (UNEP)
  • Environmental Components of EIA
  • Main Participants in EIA Process
  • Necessity of Environmental Appraisal Procedure
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Relationship between EIA and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples and Solutions

Day Three: Structure of Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA)

  • EIA Process and the Role of Reviewer
  • Composition of Expert Committee for EIA
  • Risk Assessment and Consideration of Major Impacts
  • Selection of Impact Prediction Methodology: Math. Modelling or Empirical
  • Environmental Management Plan (EMP)
  • Requirements for Obtaining Environmental Clearance
  • Post-Product Monitoring of EMP
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples and Solutions

Day Four: EIA Process: Steps in Procedure

  • Legislation of EIA
  • Collection of Data for Existing Situation
  • Screening and Scoping
  • Baseline Study and Impact Prediction
  • Analysis and Selection of Mitigation Measures
  • Organization of Public Hearings
  • Environmental Clearance or Rejection Letter
  • Report and Recommendations
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples and Solutions

Day Five: Recommendations for Advancement of EIA

  • Avoiding of Shortcomings of EIA Procedure
  • Quality of Expert Committee and Selected Approach
  • Consistency and Accuracy of Procedure
  • EIA and EMP through Technological Advancements
  • Optimization of Financial Plan to include Mitigation Measures
  • Importance of Active Public Involvement and Transparency
  • Summary and Conclusions

The Certification

Certificate of Completion will be provided to delegates who attend and complete the course.

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