Construction Environmental Management Planning

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What is CEMP?

CEMP is the application of environmental mitigations within a management framework, either prior to or during the active build programme.

Mitigations are often legal or planning requirements, which require compliance. In other cases, elements of CEMP may be linked to corporate 'Key Performance Indicators' and must be acknowledged.

A third and frequent request for CEMP is related to the desire to be seen to be 'doing the right thing'. Companies may wish to display resource management statistics, links with local recyclers, and provide and protect wildlife habitats simply for good PR.

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What is covered by our Construction Environmental Management Planning services?

Our CEMP sets out Environmental Management System Requirements and ensures compliance with the latest environmental legislation. The overarching goal of CEMP is to minimise environmental effects and outline specific methods that need to occur on-site.

We can collate and assimilate numerous reports relating to site constraints and required mitigations. Additionally, we can provide mechanisms by which developers and contractors can adhere to their obligations. 

Mayer Brown has the experience to enable clients to achieve this largely within their existing programmes, staff, and structures. This enables smooth compliance without adversely affecting costs or timescales. Depending on the client’s requirements, we can also train existing staff in CEMP supervision or undertake this role ourselves.

What are the benefits of CEMP work? 

The CEMP framework helps to reduce the impact a construction project can have on the surrounding environment. A plan will outline how a project will implement environmental commitments detailed in government and local planning authority documents. 

Why choose Mayer Brown?

Our CEMP team has been undertaking CEMP work for over 15 years and has been involved in the assessment and protection of areas associated with large rural schemes, small urban ones, and everything in between. We also have experience working within sensitive coastal environments and those of high cultural and environmental value.

We have the in-house skills required to obtain, review, and collate the numerous reports produced by the varying disciplines in the initial and ongoing assessment of a site. Through this process we can identify and manage conflicting site constraints early in the process, ensuring that the required mitigations are in place to protect the works area and beyond, including people, habitats, and the flora and fauna that rely on them.

In this way, we are able to not only aid Clients in honouring their environmental commitments but to go beyond this and set examples of good practice for others in the industry.

When do you need CEMP?

The local planning authority may require a CEMP before planning permission is granted. Even if they aren't required they can speed the procurement and planning of a development. 

Commitment to protecting the environment 

The CEMP team is committed to protecting and supporting the environment across our services. Where we can, we aim to reduce waste, increase recycling, and support wildlife and ecosystems. 

CEMP Case Studies

For examples of recent CEMP projects we have undertaken please view our case studies for Kensington High Street – Urban Construction Environmental Management, Welborne Garden Village, Berewood, and The Marine Works on the Isle of Wight.

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