Understanding a proposed project’s potential environmental and social impacts and regulatory constraints is critical to the development of timely and cost-effective project plans, evaluative studies, sound engineering designs, effective stakeholder management and successful permitting.

By anticipating and addressing permit requirements early on in the project design, we help implement a permitting strategy, development schedule and mitigation plans that expedite permit acquisition and compliance. Expert regulatory negotiations throughout the project help resolve technical and external stakeholder issues and create favorable permit conditions while achieving the ultimate goals of maintaining project schedules and ensuring compliance.

This method has contributed to successful projects for a broad range of government, energy (oil and gas, wind, solar, tidal), industrial, waste disposal, utilities, mining and real-estate clients worldwide. For example, our thorough approach helped us prepare one of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive environmental impact statements and technical studies for a mining expansion project.

Across our broad impact analysis, assessment and permitting practice, our experience serves to achieve our clients’ goals, ensuring they are operating according to their own business requirements as well as complying with regulatory requirements.

Differentiators:

  • A global Technical Practice Network of more than 2,000 professionals sharing knowledge: Impact Assessment and Permitting, Cultural Resources, Marine Energy Permitting and Assessment, Protected Species, Wetlands Permitting and Restoration, Midstream Oil & Gas, and 100+ additional topics.
  • Impact assessment leaders and practitioners with experience in every global region and leading end markets (e.g., oil and gas, power, transportation, mining, government).
  • Protected species experts who perform species-specific surveys, reports and mitigation planning.
  • Environmental management and monitoring team, specializing in fit-for-purpose large-scale environmental field projects for impact assessment, monitoring and mitigation plans.
  • Cultural resources and heritage management group – AECOM employs over 400 cultural resources/cultural heritage specialists worldwide, with staff in 25 U.S states and Canadian provinces plus Australia and the UK.  We are one of the largest cultural resources/ heritage consultancies in the world, with highly experienced people in a broad array of disciplines, including terrestrial and underwater archaeology, history, architectural history/built environment, historic architecture, anthropology, cultural landscapes, and aboriginal/First Nations consultation.
  • Impact assessment services for the full project life cycle, from project inception and feasibility (screening and scoping) through exploration, production, development and decommissioning.

Representative Services:

  • Siting, Project Feasibility and Permitting Strategy
  • Cultural Resources / Cultural Heritage / Archaeology
  • Environmental Policy Development
  • Environmental/Social Impact: EIA/EIS/ESHIA/CEQA/NEPA/SEPA
  • Baseline Field Studies/Ecology
  • Project Permitting Program Management
  • Environmental Mitigation, Monitoring and Planning
  • Regulatory Permitting/Negotiation
  • Stakeholder/Public Engagement
  • Visual and Noise Impact Assessment, Modeling
  • Fate and Effects Transport/Dispersion Modeling
  • Program Management for Large Programs