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Contexts – Environmental Legislation – Feedback Required

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 17th February 2016

List and describe 5 important legislative requirements which
the project manager must take into account when planning a project

Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Waste Management Policy in place (ISO14001)
Carbon Foot Print
Disposal of Assets
A project manager should ensure that an environmental impact
assessment has been completed. For example during the business case for
building a new airport runway different options may include building a new runway
or indeed a new airport at a different site. Each will have its own associated,
costs risks and benefits which need to have been considered to comply with
environmental legislation and to avoid any legal legislation complications and
costs at a later stage of the project.
The project manager should consider the use of technology
(i.e. Computer aided Design) to select the most environmentally friendly
materials and minimise the amount of materials being used. The processes used
in manufacture should also be considered to ensure that they are
environmentally efficient whilst producing products which are fit for purpose.
This enables the project to satisfy and exceed environmental targets /
The project manager should ensure that they are complying
with any environmental legislation that is in place during the project
lifecycle. For example following the ISO 14001 standard for waste management
means that the stages of prevention, reduction, reuse, recycle and destruction
are all being followed.
The project manager should ensure that the environmental
impact and carbon footprint are considered at all stages of the project. For
example with workers travelling to site we would consider how they travel to
site and potentially lay on transport (e.g. work bus) to prevent the need for
each worker to travel to site by car. This has the benefit of reducing carbon
foot print as well as building relationships with the local community (reducing
traffic / pollution in the local area)
A project will need to consider how it will dispose of its
assets at the end of their useful life. This may well be long after the project
has closed and the asset is nearing the end of its useful life. For example a
nuclear power station may have a useful life of 30+ years but a plan needs to
be put in place for its safe decommission and closure. The costs and benefits
will need to have been considered as part of the business case to ensure the
business case is justified and any future liabilities / risks minimised during
termination phase.