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  • Policies, Planning, Systems, and Procedures
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA/ESIA)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)/Hazard Risk Assessment (HRA)
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Baseline Profiles
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas (PAs)
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS/EMS)
  • Site Assessment and Remediation
  • Waste Management
  • Energy Planning and Management
  • Institutional Development

  • Policies, Planning, Systems, and Procedures

    Environics is well-positioned to provide exceptional services in these fields, having a long and pioneering experience, particularly at the national level. The firm’s assignments to date focused on:

    • Development and analyses of environment-related policies and strategies
    • Development of environmental action plans on the sector, local, and entity levels
    • Development of indicators and internal monitoring systems needed for evaluation and follow-up
    • Assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of programs and projects

    Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA/ESIA)

    Environics has contributed to improving the Egyptian EIA system since its early application through providing technical assistance to the decision-making and executive authorities. The firm has extensively participated in the policy formulation and institutional development of the system. Services in this area included:

    • Policy-making, institutional development, and inter-coordination procedures for the EIA review system within the EEAA and other authoritative entities
    • Upgrading the Egyptian EIA system and re-categorizing the projects subject to EIA
    • Preparation of EIA guidelines for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, and EIA forms and guidelines for the projects financed by the Social Fund for Development

    As for developers, Environics offers its expertise in carrying out strategic EIAs and ESIAs in various sectors, such as: industry; mining; oil & gas; tourism; agricultural and urban development; energy; infrastructure; land remediation, and waste management. The skilled team of Environics adopts the approach of prevention rather than mitigation, and tailors suitable EIA methodologies and techniques to the diverse natures of the projects. Environics has provided the following services to developers:

    • Preparation of strategic impact assessment at the levels of project planning and design
    • Support in the preparation of ESIAs for several projects
    • Training and capacity building to ensure environmental sustainability of projects

    Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)/Hazard Risk Assessment (HRA)

    Environics conducts studies of Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA), Hazard Risk Assessment (HRA), and Hazard and Operability (HZAOP), for existing and proposed projects. In addition to its qualified staff, the firm employs accredited and tailored softwares, which are constantly updated and modified to ensure the quality of the studies. The firm’s experience in this field includes risk studies of production and refining of oil and chemicals, and waste disposal projects.

    Training and Capacity Building

    Environics offers training activities and capacity building assistance to various groups, such as officials, managers, inspectors, and workers at several environmental entities and industrial and service facilities. To that end, the firm has developed extensive material, such as training, monitoring, and follow-up guidelines, to ensure the effectiveness of the performance enhancement interventions. Training activities are preceded by needs assessments to design the best methodology and tailor suitable material. Training and capacity building activities addressed a wide range of topics, including:

    • Environmental Management Systems
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Hazardous Waste Management
    • Inspection and Environmental Regulatory Requirements
    • Planning and Management
    • Environmental Inspection and Related Legal Background

    Baseline Profiles

    Environics has an exceptional in-house capacity to carry out baseline profiles and surveys of various natures. The firm has prepared a number of environmental profiles and surveys at the local, regional, and national levels. The quality of these profiles is ensured by an efficient data collection and assessment process that best serves the needs of the client and the decision-maker. Examples of these studies include:

    • Physical, biological, and social profiles of a wide range of projects
    • Surveys of industrial activities of various natures in several Egyptian governorates
    • Baseline surveys for developing and protecting environmental areas of special importance
    • Country and regional HSE/CSR profiles

    Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas (PAs)

    Environics is highly qualified in carrying out assignments that investigate and evaluate environmental conditions, with focus on ecological assessment and biodiversity conservation. The firm has also provided, through donor’s projects, valuable technical assistance to the Government of Egypt concerning natural resources conservation, and the establishment, planning, and management of PAs. Consultation services in this field addressed terrestrial, marine, and aquatic biodiversity, and assessments of protected areas. The assignments included:

    • Technical assistance to conserve natural resources and preserve terrestrial, marine, and aquatic biodiversity
    • Consultancy for projects to establish, plan, and manage protected areas and diving sites
    • Establishing a biodiversity baseline data system
      • Monitoring marine sensitive habitats, such as coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grass; threatened and endangered marine species, and valuable living terrestrial resources
      • Assessing aquatic ecology

    Coastal Zone Management

    Environics provides marine and coastal zone management services, and has special experience in tourism development projects of Red Sea area. The integrated consultation services in this field, which the firm has provided to date, promote sustainable tourism, and cover the following aspects:

    • Shoreline and beach enhancement management
    • Natural resource and assets conservation
    • Capacity assessment, monitoring and management plans
    • Waste management and impact mitigation

    Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS/EMS)

    Environics has extensive experience in formulating and implementing policies and systems that aim at achieving the balance between environmental protection and economic development. The firm has provided consultation services for regulatory entities and regulated facilities in several sectors, such as the industrial sector (food, chemicals, petroleum, engineering, textile, pharmaceutical, and others) and the non-industrial sector (ports, infrastructure, and others). Assignments in this field addressed:

    • Design, implementation and evaluation of HSE management systems
    • Environmental and Social Due Diligence reviews
    • HSE audits, which involve thorough investigations and gap analyses to develop comprehensive environmental action plans
    • Support to the design, implementation, and monitoring of pollution abatement projects and schemes

    Site Assessment and Remediation

    Environics has carried out site assessments for various industrial projects and facilities. The firm has also participated in the design, implementation, and follow-up of the remediation of heavy metal contaminated lands. The remediation process included carrying out EIAs for the sites of heavy metal smelters and the nearby affected facilities and buildings, and formulating action plans for the remediation projects.. In this context, Environics has also proposed and developed executive regulations to cover site remediation in the Egyptian Law of the Environment.

    Waste Management

    Environics has an unparalleled experience in the field of hazardous waste management in Egypt, and provides high quality consultancy services to regulators, generators, and all involved stakeholders. The firm undertook several assignments in hazardous waste management, such as:

    • Development of hazardous waste management systems, which includes institutional development, preparation of guidelines, supporting the implementation of hazardous waste management projects and practices
    • Providing capacity building services, which includes training on the classification of hazardous wastes; transportation; permitting; on-site management; treatment, and disposal
    • Providing technical support to the implementation of hazardous waste management systems

    Energy Planning and Management

    In consonance with Egypt’s rising concern for energy management, Environics focused on the need for a balanced energy transition from depletable to renewable resources. To that end, Environics undertook several policy-oriented activities and renewable energy projects and interventions, such as:

    • Studies on several priority topics, such as: renewable energy and its prospects; energy efficiency and its potential; energy competitiveness; sustainability of energy resources; cleaner production strategy and action plan, and energy consumption indicator system
    • Projects on photovoltaic energy; concentrated solar power; biomass, and small waste to energy units
    • Project focused on capturing and capitalizing on waste energy

    Institutional Development

    Environics has completed several institutional development projects to establish new systems or effectively operationalize existing ones. These projects addressed several aspects, such as:

    • Action plan for the decentralization of environmental management in Egypt
    • Environmental regulatory systems, which include inspection, EIA review, and hazardous waste control
    • Institutional set-up and upgrading of environmental systems, which includes formulating modes and action plans for operation, procedures, guiding manuals, and coordination mechanisms
    • Institutional set-up of environmental administration and the development of its operational and organizational procedures
    • Capacity building of personnel through the development of guidelines and manuals
    • Needs assessment studies to identify training, physical, and technical needs