An Environmental Operating Plan (EOP) is a document that outlines procedures for the delivery of environmental mitigation measures and for addressing general day-to-day environmental issues that can arise during the construction phase of a development.
The EOP assists the main contractor in preventing, managing and/or minimising environmental impacts during the construction phase.
It does this by comprehensively incorporating Environmental Commitments that are defined in the following:
- Contract Documents (in particular, the Works Requirements (WR).
- Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
- Conditions and/or modifications imposed by An Bord Pleanála (ABP).
- Schedule of Commitments.
The EOP provides a method of documenting compliance with these commitments.
An EOP should also:
- Reference all relevant environmental legislative requirements and provide a method of documenting compliance with these requirements.
- Describe methods by which construction work will be managed to prevent, reduce or compensate for potential adverse impacts on the environment.
- Include commitments and/or requirements emanating from contractually or legally prescribed consultations with third parties (e.g. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Regional Fisheries Boards (RFB’s) or Office of Public Works (OPW)) and provide a method of documenting compliance with these commitments and/or requirements.
- Provide an indicative template as guidance for the main contractor to ensure that they are fully aware of all Environmental Commitments and Requirements relevant to the scheme.
Verde Environmental Consultants can assist clients in preparing and maintaining EOPs. Contact us today on 1890 20 10 20.