Seeking feedback on new Guideline for preparing an environmental management plan
Environmental management plans (EMPs) – formerly environmental and social management plans (ESMPs) – must be developed and implemented for all infrastructure delivery (capital works) and maintenance and operation (M&O) activities undertaken by Waka Kotahi.
We’ve recently updated our Guideline for preparing an environmental management plan and are seeking feedback on this document, an updated template and a new version of the environmental risk register spreadsheet.
The main changes are:
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Please send your feedback to email@example.com with the subject line of Environmental management plan update, by 12 September 2022.
All project teams for Waka Kotahi land transport infrastructure construction projects, network maintenance and bridge maintenance contracts will develop an environmental and social management plan (ESMP).
Guidance and templates for preparing ESMPs are provided below.
ESMPs are an essential tool to manage environmental risk during construction, operation and maintenance of land transport infrastructure. ESMPs:
Higher risk or more complex environmental and social aspects will need a sub-management plan due to the specialist level of management detail required. For example, a pest plant management, construction noise, archaeological and heritage management plan could be required. These sub-management plans will be integrated with the overall management plan framework.
The responsibility to produce an ESMP rests with the physical works contractor. The professional services consultant ensures the plan is prepared, maintained and recommended as fit for purpose to Waka Kotahi.
However, it is becoming common practice for RMA or other environmental permit applications to include a draft ESMP, which is usually prepared by a professional services consultant as part of the consent application. The consenting strategy will determine whether an ESMP is lodged with the RMA application.
ESMPs are a living document and require review and updating to ensure they remain relevant to the contract.
Follow this guideline when preparing an ESMP for an environmental permit application, for a state highway construction project, a network maintenance area contract (network outcomes contract) or bridge maintenance contract.
Higher risk environmental and social aspects will need to have a sub-management plan due to the specialist level of management detail required.
For detailed guidance on management on particular environmental and social risks, refer to the pages on specific technical areas pages. Sub-management plan templates may be available, for example a construction noise and vibration management plan template is available under the noise and vibration pages.
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