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In China, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required for all new, expansion, or renovation projects, and it is a prerequisite to obtain a license to operate. Development of an EIA is required during the project feasibility stage to assess the environmental impacts of the project.

In 2002, CH2M Hill (Hong Kong branch) obtained the first Environmental Impact Assessment Certificate for companies that are not registered in mainland China. The certificate was issued by the former State Environmental Protection Administration (now the Ministry of Environmental Protection). In 2006, CH2M Hill North Asia Headquarters moved to China and the EIA Certificate was changed accordingly to the name of CH2M Hill Constructors (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Greenment inherited this EIA Certificate (No.1823), thus is qualified to conduct EIA in China. At present, Greenment is licensed to conduct EIA for chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, metallurgy and electromechanical industries and civil infrastructure projects.

Our EIA professionals have extensive experience in use of advanced modeling software, such as AERMOD, SLAB, CadnaA, or Visual MODFLOW to estimate and assess environmental impacts. We also have extensive EIA experiences in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and have completed more than 100 EIA projects in the past ten years. Some of our primary EIA clients include Shell, Honeywell, Bayer, Invista, Corning, and Ashland.

Greenment maintains good relationships with national and local environmental protection authorities, as well as major research institutes, reputable EIA corporations and engineering corporations.

An International EIA typically evaluates the environmental, social and health impacts of projects, based on the guidelines of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other international financial institutions.

An International EIA is applicable to projects that obtain financing or loans from financial institutions and to projects that have investors from Chinese companies in other countries. It is a prerequisite to finance from banks following Equatorial Principles. An ESHIA includes environmental, social and public health assessment, resettlement, stakeholder engagement and information disclosure.

An ESHIA helps to evaluate and analyze overall environmental, social and public health impact of projects, and to regulate the environmental management for the sustainable development of a project and its surrounding society and environment.

Greenment can provide the following ESHIA services:

  • Consultation with financial institutions and local government;
  • Baseline investigation and monitoring;
  • Stakeholder involvement;
  • Environmental, social and health impact assessment;
  • Term negotiations with loaners.

Greenment has a strong ESHIA team, which has provided ESHIA services for multinational corporations and large-scale energy projects for PetroChina, Shell, and Qatar Petroleum International in China. Our team members are qualified technical professionals with rich international consulting experience. They are also familiar with the Equator Principles, Social and Environmental Sustainability Performance Standards of IFC, Environmental Health and Safety General Guidelines of the World Bank and other industrial and international standards.

In order to meet the requirements of government regulatory agencies and international financial institutions, Greenment can compile both domestic and international EIAs for customers, or compile an international EIA based on an existing domestic EIA.

Environmental due diligence investigation is of vital importance in land and property transaction. It aims to identify potential environmental risk or existing contamination liabilities, to minimize unnecessary disputes after transaction.

Greenment can provide the following on-site audit and investigation services:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Audit;
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Due Diligence Investigation;
  • Soil and Groundwater Baseline Investigation;
  • Fire-fighting System Assessment;
  • Environmental Protection Facilities Assessment.

Greenment helps customers by developing a quick and feasible assessment that integrates the complexities associated with environmental, social and health-related liabilities into business decisions for corporate mergers and acquisitions. We combine expertise, financial skills and systematic decision-making processes to help clients make acquisition decisions, determine a reasonable purchase price, and to help determine the unforeseen factors and potential legal liability, thus enabling clients to avoid the risk while gaining economic benefits. Together with our global partners, Greenment is able to assist in global asset acquisitions and divestitures, and due diligence services.

Our team members have a background in environmental science and environmental engineering, with fluent language skills. We have registered EIA engineers, registered environmental protection engineers, registered water supply & drainage engineers and cleaner production auditors who are familiar with various national and local environmental, health and safety regulations, and are experienced in the related industries. Furthermore, our team has provided due diligence audit service for over 100 multinational companies. We have also developed tailor-made Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) guidelines that can be effectively carried out according to the industry or client’s specific requirements, as well as customized for site-specific environmental, health and safety solutions.

In order to control the potential environmental, health and safety risk in construction projects, China has set up an environment, health and safety permitting process for construction project management. In addition, the corresponding permitting process and requirements are constantly adjusted and improved with the update of laws and regulations. Greenment is familiar with the Chinese environmental, health and safety regulatory system and its updates. We also maintain effective communication with relevant government departments and we are familiar with the permitting process and requirements. Therefore, we can help customers effectively manage permitting processes and avoid potential legal risks.

Environmental supervision for a construction project is an important supplementary approach to an EIA and the "three simultaneities" requirements for Environmental Protection Completion Acceptance (EPCA). Environmental supervision can strengthen the process management of a project and plays a positive role in improving the effectiveness of an EIA.

In 2002, China started to implement environmental supervision, as a pilot process, for major engineering projects (such as Qinghai-Tibet Railway and West-East Natural Gas Transmission Project) and for projects under construction in some provinces. In 2012, the Ministry of Environmental Protection issued “a Notice about the Further Advance of the Environmental Supervision Pilot Project”(No.[2012]5) to fully promote environmental supervision for construction projects.

Recently, environmental protection departments have paid more attention to the environmental supervision process of major construction projects to enhance the post supervision. The specific environmental supervision requirements executed during the EIA period can ensure the proper implementation of requirements from the EIA reports and EIA approval in design and construction. This lays a solid foundation for the subsequent EPCA.

The environmental supervision team at Greenment has professionals with extensive experience in project design, EIA and construction. Greenment has successfully conducted environmental supervision for major construction projects and has accumulated extensive experience.

The environmental risk assessment (ERA) services at Greenment can improve the risk prevention and control measures for emergency environmental accidents. These measures are mainly based on environmental protection laws, requirements and technical specification. ERA mainly includes five steps as follows: (1) environmental risk identification; (2) consequence analysis; (3) gap analysis of existing environmental risk prevention and control measures and emergency management; (4) planning of environmental risk prevention and control measures and emergency response; and (5) risk level classification.

Based on an ERA and emergency supplies investigation, Greenment can establish or improve the comprehensive emergency response plan (ERP) for the whole site. Greenment can also assist enterprises in registering the ERP with the EPB, according to the level-to-level administration requirements.

Greenment has a group of professionals who have been engaged in contaminated site remediation in China since the 1990s using state-of-the-art technologies from North America and Europe. We have conducted thousands of contaminated site investigations, risk assessment projects and over a dozen contaminated site remediation projects.

Greenment has extensive experience in in-situ remediation technologies, including in-situ chemical injection and multi-phase extraction. Greenment has over ten drilling systems, including Power Probes, and professional soil and groundwater remediation equipment, including in-situ injection, multi-phase extraction and soil vapor extraction(SVE), for contaminated site investigation and site remediation projects.

Greenment provides the following services for contaminated sites:

  • Contaminated site investigation and soil & groundwater monitoring;
  • Human health and ecological risk assessment and management;
  • Site remediation technologies screening and feasibility study;
  • Soil & groundwater remediation scheme design;
  • Pilot test and performance evaluation for soil & groundwater remediation technologies;
  • Design and installation of soil & groundwater remediation system;
  • Operation and performance monitoring of soil & groundwater remediation systems.