Environmental Auditing or Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Auditing or Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental auditing is essentially an environmental management tool for measuring the effects of certain activities on the environment against set criteria or standards. Depending on the types of standards and the focus of the audit, there are different types of environmental audit. Organizations of all kinds now recognize the importance of environmental matters and accept that their environmental performance will be scrutinized by a wide range of interested parties. Environmental auditing is used toinvestigate, understand, and identify environmental standards.

An environmental auditor will study an organization’s environmental effects in a systematic and documented manner and will produce an environmental audit report. There are many reasons for undertaking an environmental audit, which include issues such as environmental legislation and pressure from customers.

Environmental auditing should not be confused with environmental impact assessment (EIA). Both environmental auditing and EIA are environmental management tools, and both share some terminology, for example, 'impact', 'effect', and 'significant', but there are some important differences between the two. Environmental impact assessment is an anticipatory tool, that is, it takes place before an action is carried out. EIA therefore attempts to predict the impact on the environment of a future action, and to provide this information to those who make the decision on whether the project should be authorized. EIA is also a legally mandated tool for many projects in most countries.

We provide these services to meet critical needs such as legal requirements, specific statutory reporting requirements, ensuring whether firms are environmentally responsible, implementing environmental policy, understanding environmental interactions of services, products, and activities, improving environmental performance, and appropriately managing environmental risks.