January 29, 2022

CONCEPT PHASE

While your project is still on the drawing board, AIS will be your right-hand consultant for all environmental services. We will handle all environmental studies usually required by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) or other authorities. Our services during this phase include EIAs, AAs & SEAs.

1. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

What is an EIA? EIAs aim to provide a high level of protection of the environment and contribute to the integration of environmental considerations into the proposed development with a view to reduce the environmental impact.

 

Where does AIS come in? Our team of experts will take care of every step in the process, from Project Description Statements to the EIA Report itself. The final report will describe in detail the expected environmental impacts on noise, air quality, ecology, etc as required by the Environmental and Resources Authority (ERA). We will also lead ERA and Planning Authority (PA) board hearings and public/stakeholder consultations to present the EIA conclusions on your behalf.

2. Appropriate Assessments (AA)

What is an AA? An AA aims at assessing the significance of the impacts of a proposed plan or project (either individually or in combination with other proposals) on Natura 2000 sites. The Natura sites are designated by the European Union to include Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

 

Where does AIS come in? AIS Environment will prepare all relevant documents for the AA process, including Project Description Statements and the AA Report itself. The final report will describe the project, its expected impact on the Natura 2000 sites and applicable mitigation measures.

Appropriate Assessment

3. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

What is an SEA? An SEA is the systematic process of evaluating the environmental effects of a policy, plan or programme, and its alternatives.  It allows for the incorporation of environmental considerations at the earliest stages of the formulation of the Plan. 

 

Where does AIS come in? AIS will handle the process from A to Z. We will prepare the screening & scoping reports which describe the policy and the SEA methodology. We will then compile the final Environmental report, describing the impacts which could arise from the policy and applicable mitigation measures. AIS will also present the findings to the authorities and handle all stakeholder/public consultations.