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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Environmental Impact Assessment: EU and non EU approach to assessing environmental impact of development: current status and future opportunities; the outlook for UK practitioners

27th April 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, David M Brignall BSc, PhD CBiol, CSci MIEnvSci

David Brignall has been involved in the preparation and co-ordination of EIAs both within the UK and Internationally for over 25 years. In that time the requirements and rigour applied assessment of potential impacts and design of mitigation measures has progressed immeasurably.

An imminent EU Directive comes into force through UK legislation in May 2017 and will make further changes to the content of Environmental Statements. Together with requirements for large infrastructure projects, determined through the National Infrastructure Planning Unit, both assessment techniques and the manner for reporting findings are likely to continue to evolve in future. Furthermore, worldwide there are increasing numbers of projects that require an environmental and social impact analysis to assess likely significant effects. These reports underpin the financing of projects and are required by International Finance Institutes and major banks.

The seminar will explore consequences of the changes in EU legislation and consider the opportunities for export of environmental skills, in the context of best practice in the UK.

David is an experienced project director having prepared and advised clients on the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment reports and undertaken Environmental and Social Due diligence audits for a range of projects including extraction of natural resources, energy generation and supply and sustainable management of waste and resources.

David has prepared and managed environmental impact assessments, environmental audits and human health risk assessments for various drivers including DMRB, IFC Performance Standards, EBRD Performance Requirements, Equator Principles and UK/EU Regulation and Directives. He is fully conversant with national and international guidelines, procedures, regulations and standards required for ESIA within the natural resources sector.

David has published several papers and presented lectures on topics including environmental impact assessment techniques, climate change mitigation, biofuel production and sustainable waste management. He has provided expert witness at Public Inquiry to present evidence on sustainable waste management, soil resource management, agricultural and ecological issues on behalf of both developers and statutory or local authorities.

Contact dei.admin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.