Environmental Clearance (EC)

Envision takes up the respo102nsibility of obtaining Environmental Clearance required for all projects which come in the list of EIA notification 2006. EIA notification 1994 comes under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, and later modified on 2006. All projects and activities are broadly categorized in to two categories – Category A and Category B. ‘Category A’ projects shall require prior environmental clearance from the Central Government in the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) while ‘Category B’ projects shall require prior environmental clearance from the State/Union territory Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA).

As per notification Public Consultation/Hearing (PH) is required for some of the projects.Envision is successfully completed Environmental Clearance for more than 100 projects and public hearing of more than 25 projects.

 

Environmental Impact Assessment EIA

Envision’s EIA is to identify potential environmental impacts from proposals, such as projects and programs, and to propose means to avoid or reduce the significant impacts, and does through the following mann103er:

  • Collection of all technical details of the project
  • Description of current baseline environment (all environmental component)
  • Impact prediction of project to local environment
  • Management plan to reduce the impact
  • Compiling of all detailed information in Draft EIA report
  • Submission of Draft EIA report to SPCB for Public Hearing (if applicable as per notification)
  • Submission of final EIA report to SPCB/MoEF for final appraisal
  • Appraisal at SPCB/MoEF for EC

 

Envision is having vast experience in preparation of EIA report, conducting public hearing and obtaining Environmental Clearance for various types of projects including Category A and Category B not only in Gujarat but other states of the country also like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Sikkim, Orissa, etc. and for various types of industries like, Chemical industries, Cement, Distilleries, TSDF, CETP, Metallurgical, Pesticides, Petrochemicals, Offshore and onshore, Marine, Pharmaceuticals, Building construction, Townships, Sugar etc.

 

Envision is having 104good working relations with various pollution control boards like, Gujarat, Assam, Kerala and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).For conducting EIA and presentation before EAC and/or SEAC committee QCI/NABET accreditation is compulsory requirement. Envision is one among the first few consulting organizations who received accreditation from QCI/NABET from the introduction of the scheme.Envision is accredited as authorised environment consultant from 2011 for carrying out EIA studies with QCI/NABET accreditation status for 14 sectors.

 

QCI Accreditation Sectors Of Envision

Sr. No. Name of Sector
1. Offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration, development & productions
2. Metallurgical industries (ferrous & non ferrous)- both primary & secondary
3. Cement Plants
4. Pesticides industry and pesticide specific intermediates (excluding formulations)
5. Petro-Chemical complexes (industries based on processing of petroleum fractions & natural gas and/or reforming to aromatics)
6. Petrochemical based processing (processes other than cracking & reformation and not covered under the complexes)
7. Synthetic organic chemicals industry (dyes & dye intermediates; bulk drugs and intermediates excluding drug formulations; synthetic rubbers; basic organic chemicals, other synthetic organic chemicals and chemical intermediates)
8. Distilleries
9. Oil & gas transportation pipeline (crude and refinery/ petrochemical products), passing through national parks/ sanctuaries/coral reefs /ecologically sensitive Areas including LNG terminal
10 Common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs)
11 Ports, harbours, jetties, marine terminals, break waters and dredging
12 Common effluent treatment plants (CETPs)
13 Building and large construction projects including shopping malls, multiplexes, commercial complexes, housing estates, hospitals, institutions
14 Townships and Area development Projects

Social Impact Assessment – SIA Or Social Environment Impact Assessment – SEIA

In India, SIA/SEIA has been generally carried out as part of the Environment Impact Assess106ment clearance process and hence not received the attention it deserves.Social Impact Assessment has now become an important part of the project preparation process, especially for the preparation of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs). In this process, SIA/SEIA is carried out as socio-economic survey that identifies social and economic impacts on people and communities facing project-induced displacement. In addition, data thus generated is used in designing mitigation measures as well as in monitoring mitigation implementation.

Envision identifies the requirement of SIA/SEIA from beginning itself. The appropriate Government shall ensure that a Social Impact Assessment study (SIA/SEIA) is carried out whenever it is desired to undertake a new project or the expansion of an existing project that will involve involuntary displacement of four hundred or more families en masse in plain areas, or two hundred or more families en masse in tribal or hilly areas, DDBs (Desert Development Blocks) or areas mentioned in the Fifth Schedule or Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.

Social Impacts are the changes that occur in communities or to individuals as a result of an externally-induced change. Changes may effect: employment, income, production, way of life, culture, community, political systems, environment, health and well-being, personal and property rights, and fears and aspirations. These impacts can be positive or negative. In short, a social impact is a significant improvement or deterioration in people’s well-being.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA/SEIA) is a process that provides a framework for prioritizing, gathering, analysing, and incorporating social information and participation into the design and delivery of developmental interventions. Envision carry out SIA/SEIA after considering all below aspects

  • Describe the relevant human environment/ area 96of influence and baseline conditions
  • Develop an effective public plan to involve all potentially affected members of the public
  • Describe the proposed action or policy change and reasonable alternatives
  • Scoping to identify the full range of probable social impacts
  • Screening to determine the boundaries of the SIA
  • Predicting Responses to Impacts
  • Develop Monitoring Plan & Mitigation Measures

 

95Envision is having vast experience in conducting Social Impact Assessment SIA/SEIA studies as part of Environment Impact assessment report as well independent. For Corporate Social Responsibility identification and listing of activities small SIA/SEIA’s were prepared by Envision and handed over to corporate to fix their annual activity charts.