Environmental Risk Management

ELS Europe’s risk management solutions focus on in-depth engagement with organisations exposed to climate-related and environmental risks. We apply our natural sciences and engineering skills to work closely with organisations applying a context-specific and location-specific approach to characterise organisational resilience, key vulnerabilities and opportunities for risk reduction all the while helping our Clients transition to sustainable operations.

We appreciate that risk management is inherently dynamic, iterative and responsive to change. It forms an integral part of all production and organisational processes - across units, activities and regions.  A robust environmental risk management programme responds to uncertainty and assists decision making at all levels - and ultimately creates and protects value in an organisation.

Why: Environmental risks may arise from unforeseen circumstances, historical events, deficient internal policy and practices, third party activities, natural and man-made hazards.

How: In assisting our Clients to anticipate, manage and prevent the many environmental risks that may manifest, ELS provides leading expertise in the performance of environmental risk assessments necessary to develop and implement robust risk management strategies and practices.

Environmental Risk Management

Each environmental risk reduction programme is tailored to meet our Customer’s needs and whether it encompasses the entire organisational processes and practices, or those of a single site or process unit, it is framed by key aspects of:

  • Processes and Technologies,
  • Natural Environment – source-pathway-receptor model including air, water, land, and ecosystems,
  • Environmental Compliance and Operations,
  • Third Parties, and
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.

Broadly the steps that ELS Europe take to assist our Clients to implement a robust and sustainable environmental risk management strategy are, as examples:

  • Establish the context, scope and scale of the risk(s) in the context of the regulatory environment, class or type of activity, technologies used, local setting & geography, and management system in place.
  • Agree the objectives and prioritisation of risks – this may focus on supply chain risks such as sourcing of materials, conveyance and storage of materials & products, or it may focus on a particular process such as wastewater treatment, cyber risks, or leak prevention and repair.
  • Design and undertake the risk assessments and site survey(s) – this step incorporates our risk management tools & methodologies and publicly available data.
  • Analyse risk assessment and survey findings to develop a risk reduction programme which integrates with existing high-performance programmes and is readily incorporated into management structures.
  • Conduct benchmark analysis to establish key performance indicators (KPI's).
  • Develop communication processes, tools and training material to support the implementation of the risk reduction programme throughout the facility and enterprise.

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