ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL MANAGEMENT AND OFFICERS (ECO)
Based on the aspects and impacts identiﬁed in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), a set of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP) are developed for each of the components, to be implemented during project design, site preparation construction and operation phases. The purpose of these plans are to provide the clients project and operational staﬀ with working “manuals” detailing the safeguards developed to protect the environmental and social entities described in the Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) by leveraging positive and limiting negative impacts. The ESMPs will provide a clear framework for environmental and social performance and help identify appropriate strategies to avoid and reduce potential impacts associated with the client’s activities.
GCS utilises an Environmental Control Oﬃcers (ECOs) previously not involved in the undertaking of the EIA/EMP to undertake the ECO duties as set out in the Environmental Authorisation. Conditions of the authorisation that inﬂuence the scope of work include the following:
At least two (2) months prior to commencement of authorised activities a forum must be established to monitor and implement the measures contained in the EIAR and to report on compliance to the conditions of the authorisation.
The above forum must meet with the independent ECO once per quarter for a period of a year eﬀective from the commencement of the activities and thereafter biannually to discuss compliance in respect to the authorised activities.
The independent ECO must:
- Submit quarterly performance/audit reports to the department;
- Maintain and update a site diary of events pertaining to the performance of the listed activities; and
- Submit the minutes of the quarterly meetings to the department.
The ECO will be responsible for auditing and management of the following elements:
- Objective/operational policy – identification of broad environmental outcomes desired;
- Target/Performance Criteria – measurable performance criteria to measure objective achievements;
- Management and mitigation actions/Implementation Strategies – deﬁnition of conditions to be met and actions to be taken to achieve objectives and targets;
- Performance Monitoring – observations or measurements required to determine whether targets are met and auditing to prove compliance with management strategies;
- Reporting – provision of the chain of reporting and clear record keeping;
- Corrective Action – response; and
- Responsibility – outline of personnel responsible for the management of elements or speciﬁc components of the element.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL MANAGEMENT AND OFFICERS (ECO) – GCS PROJECT DATA
|2014||EcoAfrica Gauteng(Pty) ltd||EMP compliance monitoring for SANBS Constantia |
Kloof river embankment stabilisation
|Constantia Kloof Campus|
|2014||Rainbow Chicken Farms||Killarney Broiler Farm Monitoring Programme||Durban|
|2014||Bokoni Platinum Mine||Bokoni Platinum Environmental Monitoring||Bokoni Platinum|
|2013||Kangra Coal (Pty) Ltd||Maquasa Expansion ECO Work||Maquasa|
|2012||Northam Platinum Limited||2012 Contractors Camp WUL Audit||Booysendal Mine|
|2012||Hatch Goba (Pty) Ltd||2012 to 2013 Environmental Audits||Khumani Iron Ore Mine Khumani|
|2012||DRA Mineral Projects||2012 to 2013 Environmental Audits||Northam Platinum – Booyensdal|
|2011||Northam Platinum||Environmental Officer||Lear- Port Elizabeth|
|2010||DRA Mineral Projects (Pty) Ltd||Environmental Control Officer||SNS Bricks- Brick Making Works|
|2010||AECOM||Environmental Health and Safety Audit||Springlake Colliery|
|2010||SNS Bricks||SNS Bricks Environmental Audit 2010||Constantia Kloof Campus|
|2010||Shanduka Coal Springlake Colliery||Monthly Environmental Auditing||Durban|