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NEMA ROD Audits

To conduct certain specified activities, such as vegetation clearance, expansion of roads, construction of masts, etc. approval must be obtained in terms of the National Environmental Management Act. The approval is called an Environmental Authorisation (EA) or a Record of Decision (ROD) in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (EIA). The EA and ROD contain specific conditions that must be adhered to in order to conduct the activity. To ensure that these conditions are adhered to, the auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the EA or ROD. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

External WUL Audits

Water Use Licences (WUL) are required for certain water usage activities such as abstracting water from a borehole and storing it in a reservoir. The holder of a WUL is required to conduct internal and external audits to determine compliance to the requirements of the Licence on a yearly basis. The auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the approved WUL. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

EMP Performance Assessment Audits

Environmental Management Plans (EMP) are environmental tools that ensure that avoidable impacts of construction, operation and decommissioning of projects is prevented. To ensure that the management plan is implemented and the conditions are followed, an auditor will assess a project for compliance. The auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the approved Environmental Management Plan. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

Compliance Audits

Compliance Audits
To ensure that the environmental compliance is maintained on a site and that environmental legislation is adhered to, an auditor will assess a project for overall compliance. The auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the commitments, recommendations, best practice and South African Standards of environmental management. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

 

  • Waste Management Licence
    A Waste Management Licence (WML) is required for certain waste storage, handling and processing activities in terms for the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No.59 of 2008). These licences provide a set of management conditions for the specific waste activity conducted. To ensure that the condition of the WML is implemented and the conditions are followed, an auditor will assess a project for compliance. The auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the approved WML. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

 

  • Air Emission Licence
    The National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004 (AQA) is law aimed at managing air quality in South Africa. It is concerned with regulating both point source emissions and ambient air quality. One of the tools it provides for controlling air pollution is the atmospheric emission licence (a licence) which must be held by anyone who carries out a process listed under the Act (a listed activity). Activities were emissions can occur include kilns, stacks and processes from factories to mining and processing. The AEL provides a set of management conditions and these must be audited for compliance on a regular basis. An auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the AEL conditions. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

 

  • GNR 704
    Government Notice 704 of 04 June 1999 is the Regulations on use of water for mining and related activities aimed at the protection of water resources (GNR 704). It provides specific conditions and requirements for managing water in mining and related activities in order to prevent harm to water resources. In order to ensure that GNR 704 conditions are adhered to, an auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the specific conditions. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance in terms of GNR 704.

Environmental Compliance Officer (ECO) Audit

Environmental authorisations for projects is granted by the relevant authority based on certain conditions being met prior to and during construction of a specific project. One of these conditions required is the client’s responsibility to appoint an experienced environmental control officer (ECO), to monitor and report on compliance to the commitments stated in the approved Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and the environmental authorisation itself. As costs associated with ECO’s are often high, an external ECO contractor can be acquired to conduct the required works, to a minimal cost. The contracted ECO will conduct site visits, monitor compliance with the EMP, ensure that environmental training is conducted and provide overall environmental support to a project. The ECO will also conduct audits to ensure that EMP conditions are adhered to. The result is audit reports (weekly, monthly or quarterly) that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall compliance.

Legal compliance

South Africa has a comprehensive list of Environmental legislative documents that provide a large number of contains to comply with. To ensure that environmental compliance is maintained on a site and that environmental legislation is adhered to, an auditor will assess a project for overall compliance to the full force and effect of South African Environmental Law. The auditor will monitor and report on compliance to the requirements commitments and full extent of applicable environmental law of South African Standards of environmental management. The result is an audit report that can be submitted to the Client and in turn the Competent Authority, detailing the compliance status of the project and pertinent recommendations and actions on improving overall legal compliance

Environmental Due-diligence Assessments

An environmental due diligence exercise or audit is carried out to identify the extent and nature of environmental risk involved when companies are bought and/or sold. Environmental due diligence audits have developed in response to the numbers of situations where chronic contamination of factory sites and land became a significant factor in determining sales prices, due to the enormous costs of clean up. The issues that tend to arise include illegal or unauthorised toxic or hazardous waste dumps (often consisting of waste chemicals, off-specification products, and hazardous wastes that were deemed too costly to be disposed of by professional waste contractors), workers suffering from occupational illnesses due to poor or nonexistent preventative programmes or equipment, unlicensed or unregulated boilers, chimney stacks, waste treatment works, effluent disposal methods or other methods and procedures that impact negatively on the health of the neighbours or the surrounding environment. Most modern sale agreements that involve land or ‘environmentally unfriendly’ processes now include the requirement for environmental due diligence audits as well as clauses that protect the buyer from clean-up costs of residual contamination if reported within 12 – 24 months of purchase.

 

For mining due diligence is performed to establish the environmental risk involved when mining companies are bought and/or sold. Environmental due diligence audits on mining companies are performed to establish the level of compliance to applicable environmental legislation and the compliance with the licenses granted to the mining company.

Green Building

ENVASS has a team of certified Green Star Accredited Professionals to help you with you Green Star Rating of your development! We specialise in office, residential and multi-purpose Green Star Ratings and we are a registered member with the Green Building Council of South Africa. Green buildings are sustainable buildings – energy and resource efficient which are designed, constructed and operated in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

Why certify your development?

  • Lower operating costs
  • Higher returns on assets
  • Increased property values
  • Enhanced marketability
  • Reduced liability and risk
  • Retaining government and other major tenants
  • Responsible investing
  • Increased productivity
  • Combat Climate Change

 

According to the GBCSA, in practice, Green building measures include:

  • Careful building design to reduce heat loads, maximising natural light and promoting the circulation of fresh air
  • Energy-efficient air conditioning and lighting
  • Using environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials
  • Reducing waste and using recycled materials
  • Water-efficient plumbing fittings and water harvesting
  • Using renewable energy sources.
  • Sensitivity to the impact of the development on the environment

 

GBCSA has developed various Green Star SA Rating tools which includes various environmental impact categories. The categories are divides into credits which are assessed and a category score is obtained. An environmental weighting factor is applied to each category score which in the end gives you a rating for your building. Four to Six Star Rated Buildings are eligible for certification.
4 Star = Best Practice, 5 Star = SA Excellence, 6 Star = World Leadership.

 

 

For more information visit: https://www.gbcsa.org.za/about/about-green-building/
For your Green Star Certification contact: info@envass.co.za

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