Environmental plans – or environmental management plans (EMP) – are an essential tool for setting and managing environmental objectives for a project, and Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki platform – offers a new briefing that IHBC members can both review as a ‘CPD boost’ and, where registered on DBW, improve, using personal skills, knowledge and experience to enhance the content and create a better article.
Designing Buildings Wiki writes:
… Generally an environmental plan will be part of an environmental management system (EMS) and will sit within a hierarchical suite of documents.
The over-arching environmental policy is a high-level statement of mission and principles in relation to environmental performance. It creates the framework for setting environmental objectives and targets and is often a public document. A project might simply adopt a client’s corporate environmental policy, or a project-specific policy might be prepared.
The environmental plan is the key document in the environmental management system and sets out the detailed, targets, objectives and procedures that will be adopted in order to achieve the goals set out in the environmental policy. On small projects it may form part of the brief, but on larger projects is likely to be a stand-alone document.
The environmental plan should:
- Identify roles and responsibilities
- Set specific, measurable targets.
- Set standards that must be adhered to.
- Identify risks and establish mitigation measures.
- Establish procedures for communication and training.
- Establish procedures for monitoring and reporting.
- The environmental plan should be a live document that evolves throughout the life of a project, and so it is important to establish procedures by which it will be reviewed, revised and updated.
On large projects, there may be different detailed environmental plans for different aspects of the project or for different stages of work. For example, there is likely to be a specific construction environmental management plan (CEMP)
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