WHAT IS AN EIA?
EIAs aim to protect the environment by integrating environmental considerations into the concept phase of large-scale developments. The process begins with the screening process, which determines whether a proposed project requires an EIA or not. This would be determined based on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulation - Directive 2001/42/EC.
If an EIA is required, Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) issue Terms of Reference which outline the environmental concerns which need to be addressed in the EIA. The EIA report is ultimately prepared by an environmental consultant, and the information enables the Planning Authority (PA) and/or ERA to take a decision on whether to approve the development.
WHERE DOES AIS COME IN?
AIS Environment will guide you through each stage required during an EIA:
Planning the permit application: Following the submission of a planning permit application to the PA, ERA are consulted as statutory consultees. They provide feedback to the client on whether a PDS needs to be submitted.
Preparation of the Project Description Statement (PDS): AIS will prepare the PDS document which gives a description of the project and a brief description of the envisaged environmental impacts on noise, air quality, ecology, etc. – AIS will directly liaise the report with the customer, architects and ERA.
Terms of Reference (ToRs): ERA publishes ToRs which outline the details and technical studies required as part of the EIA – As the chosen EIA coordinator, AIS will consult with the client and ERA on these ToRs
A team of experts by your side: AIS will appoint qualified internal & external experts for each technical study and prepares the methodologies for each technical study, in consultation with ERA
Providing any Technical studies: AIS will carry out & coordinates the various technical studies to ensure they’re completed in a holistic and timely fashion
Compiling the EIA Report: AIS will compile the results of the technical studies into the EIA Report, which will be submitted to ERA on the client’s behalf
Providing any consultations: AIS will coordinate consultations with ERA, stakeholders and the public, handling any environmental questions on behalf of the client. Such consultations may necessitate workshops, meetings and presentations which are all led by AIS.
Present for any ERA & PA Board Hearings: AIS will present the findings of the EIA Report to the ERA board and PA board who take a decision on whether to issue the permit. We will handle any environmental questions on behalf of the client.