Environmental Compliance and Risk Assessment in Renewable Energy Projects

14.06.2018 Carole Rosenlund

Ladysmith, South Africa | Week 42 | Date: 15th – 19th October 2018 | Application deadline: 30th August 2018 | Registration fee: USD$ 1000 | Fees include course materials, accommodation and meals  

There is a dire need for know-how and practical knowledge on auditing, inspection, monitoring and evaluation in renewable energy projects. Different standards apply and the need to tailor compliance to the specifics of projects requires understanding and an effective approach. The main aim of assuring compliance is to reduce risks associated with project development and operation.

Well trained environmental auditors and inspectors, can improve an organization’s compliance, ensure safety, control risks, improve internal controls, support environmental management systems, identify pollution prevention opportunities and assure meeting established standards. Delivering requires an effective risk assessment including audit/inspection approaches, and an understanding of proven audit/inspection/monitoring techniques and industry standards. Importantly how the information gathered, and data obtained is to be evaluated requires evaluation skills, which in-part comes about from a good understanding of thresholds and standards.

The course has been designed and developed to prepare participants to perform comprehensive risk and compliance assessments of all types in accordance with internationally and nationally acceptable standards and practices. The course focuses on enhancing knowledge on adapting, employing and implementing appropriate compliance tools.

The workshop is presented as a hands-on training based on, among others, ISO 14000, World Bank Group (e.g., industry IFC Performance Standards and Guidance), and donor required standards for individuals with training and experience in environmental and social assessment and management.

Key Words: Renewable Energy, Hydropower, Environmental Standards, Safety, Health, Environmental liability, Risks, Compliance, Auditing and Inspection, M&E.

At the end of the workshop, participants shall be able to:
• Demonstrate effective environmental compliance skills related to different project phases
• Outline inspection/audit program elements through gaining an understanding of compliance and risk assessment tools.
• Explore reporting options in line with international standards, including ISO 14000, donors and IFIs standards


MODULE 1 Understanding the Environmental Compliance and Risk Assessment Process (Auditing/ Inspection, Monitoring and Evaluation)
• Renewable Energy sector, Environment and Development. Global and regional perspectives
• Why is compliance to standards needed? Introduction to Major Environmental and Social Challenges and risks: environmental damage, social effects and liability
• Environmental Accounting and the need to manage risks.
• Environmental and Social Assessments, Management, Planning and Implementation. Standards and indicators. Links to the compliance standards and practice
• What are the international compliance standards that can be used by Auditors and Inspectors? Are approaches/standards all inclusive?

MODULE 2 Principles and Techniques
• Terminology, Definitions and Principles of Auditing/Inspection, compliance needs and the tools. What is risk
• Planning the Environmental Audit: Process Overview, Scope, Approach/Methods, the Team and Reporting
• Conducting Pre-Audit, On-Site and Post-Audit Activities
• What do many audits/inspections often lack? Which risks can be easily missed?
• Needs & gap assessment and action plan for compliance.
• Trends today and why are both environmental and social dimensions relevant.

MODULE 3 Environmental Compliance in Practice
Environmental Compliance – Site Visit and Report Writing
• Best Practices and Case Studies. Examples of risk assessment and management.

Senior Industry personnel, Environmental Officers (Auditors, Inspectors, Compliance Managers, ESIA Experts), Planners, Developers, Environmental Media Personnel and other suitably qualified personnel.

Participants are expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday 14th October and leave no earlier than Saturday 20th October.

Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.

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