Environmental Compliance and Risk Assessment in Renewable Energy Projects


15.08.2019 Carole Rosenlund

Ladysmith, South AfricaWeek 42 | Date: 14. – 18. October 2019
Application deadline:
20. August 2019 |
Registration fee: 1000 USD
Fees included course materials, accommodation and meals


COURSE OVERVIEW
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 indivi- duals 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.

OBJECTIVES
At the end of the workshop, participants shall be able to:
• Demonstrate effective environmental compliance skills related to the 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

TOPICS
MODULE 1 Understanding the Environmental Compliance and Risk Assessment Process (Auditing/ Inspection, Monitoring and Evaluation)
• Global and regional perspectives
• Why is compliance to standards needed?
• Social challenges and risks
• Environmental accounting and manging risks
• Environmental and social assessments, management, planning and implementation
• International compliance standards

MODULE 2 Principles and Techniques
• Principles of auditing/inspection
• Compliance needs and the tools
• Planning the Environmental Audit - Process overview, scope, approach and methods
• Conducting pre-audit, on-site and post-audit activities
• Pitfalls - what do many audits/inspections often lack?
• Needs & gap assessment
• Action plan for compliance
• Trends today and why are both environmental and social dimensions relevant.
• Reporting

MODULE 3 Environmental Compliance in Practice
• Environmental Compliance – Site Visit and Report Writing
• Best Practices and Case Studies

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

COURSE DATES
Participants are expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday 13th October and leave no earlier than Saturday 19th 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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