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COEX has been involved in undertaking Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Basic Assessment (BA) studies since 2002 and has all the necessary experience and expertise to give your project the highest probability of a successful outcome.
Navigating the flood of new environmental legislation can be a daunting task which without proper guidance, can at times result in a lot of unnecessary red tape and paperwork. Interpreting legislation, and undertaking ‘screening studies’ has become a vital pre-assessment (Environmental Impact Assessment or Basic Assessment) tool.Read More
In all areas of Environmental Consulting and particularly in Impact Assessment studies, attention to detail and experience on the part of the consulting team are vital to a successful outcome. COEX recognises this and is committed to ensuring that your project receives the focused, expert attention required to give it the best chance of a positive outcome. With a combination of professionals trained in chemical engineering and earth sciences, and with experience in managing a broader network of environmental professionals, COEX is able to offer a mulch-disciplinary team with the necessary skills to undertake EIA and BA studies associated with industrial activities. A large proportion of COEX’s experience has been for the development or expansion of industrial activities in sensitive areas with established community structures opposed to the further industrialisation of the area (e.g. the south Durban area).
To an ever increasing degree the issues surrounding air quality are coming to the fore. This is seen in increasing legislated requirements controlling emissions. COEX is tracking trends and is well positioned with technical skills, qualifications and experience to assist your company to fulfil these requirements.
COEX has undertaken greenhouse gas and air pollutant emission inventory studies for clients both locally and internationally. Studies vary from inventories for simple processes involving a few sources to complex studies such as the development of emission inventories for metropolitan municipalities in which hundreds of sources are considered. COEX has calculated or reviewed emission inventories for a wide range of activities including oil refineries, blending plants, chemical tank farms, boilers, production of electricity (e.g. gas turbines, boilers), coal mines, boilers, polymer plants, sugar mills, pulp and paper mills, waste processes, metallurgical processes, acid production processes, bulk commodity storage terminals, cement production, primary aluminium production etc.
Air Dispersion Modelling is a tool which is utilised to predict the impact of proposed or established facilities on the receiving environment. Dispersion modelling studies are undertaken in order to assess the impact of onsite activities in offsite locations.
COEX has been involved in compiling many Atmospheric Emissions Licence (AEL) applications. Through experience we would recommend that when compiling an AEL you should seek professional assistance because the restrictions and requirements of the licence will to a degree depend on the information supplied when making the application.
COEX has experience in compiling Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) programs which are a requirement of a number of Atmospheric Emissions Licences (AEL’s).
In addition COEX has experience in conducting reviews of industrial emission estimation methodologies and other specialist air pollution work (e.g. cost apportionment models, alternatives assessment studies, Best Available Technology studies etc).
In all areas of Environmental Consulting and particularly in Impact Assessment studies, attention to detail and experience on the part of the consultant/ consulting team often have as much of an impact on the outcome of the project as the environmental concerns which are raised in it. COEX recognises this and is committed to ensuring that your project receives the focused, expert attention required to give it the best chance of a positive outcome.
Site assessment studies are undertaken in order to gain an understanding of the history and current condition of a site. Studies may take the form of site inspections, desktop studies or detailed sampling and analysis studies.
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is the recommended method most often adopted to identify potential environmental liability associated with a site. The format and extent of the Phase I ESA studies undertaken by COEX are in line with the ASTM E1527-13 Standard, which are adapted for the South African context.
The potential cost of litigation and remediation make site assessments an essential component of a pre-feasibility due diligence study.
Sampling studies are typically undertaken assess the potential presence of contamination in soil and groundwater. Sampling techniques, sample storage, chain of custody documentation, reliable analysis, reporting (against appropriate standards), and interpreting results are all essential steps. These steps ensure that results are not distorted and are a reflection of actual onsite conditions.
Water use licencing, Waste management licencing
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“We used the Services of COEX in compiling our Application for our Atmospheric Emissions Licence. We found them to be very Helpful, Knowledgeable and Professional in every aspect”
In all our interactions I have found COEX personnel to be highly professional in their approach and their environmental work to be well documented and justified.”
The COEX team are excellent and efficient planners with a wealth of knowledge. Deadline driven and dedicated planners. The team has assisted us in attaining our AEL Licence timeously ”