Evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment Utilization: The Case of United Kingdom Construction Projects

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Edokpolo, Benjamin
Zuofa, Tarila
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Joanna Ejdys, David Chua, John Smallwood

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2015
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Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

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The environmental impact of construction activities have remained important issue as a result, most construction industry stakeholders are facing the huge challenge to achieve a more resource-efficient and environment friendly society. This study critically evaluates the process of managing the implementation of mitigating strategies aimed at reducing the negative environmental impacts associated with the construction of a new 180MVA 275/66kV transformer for the National Grid Substation in West Boldon, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom. 20 copies of questionnaires were distributed to members of the project team to investigate the implementation of the mitigating proposed measures in the environmental impact assessment. The survey was undertaken during the project execution to identify procedures for reducing or eliminating negative impacts and to also suggest ways of improving the implementing of the environmental impact assessment process. The questionnaires which had a response rate of 75% were collated and plotted as bar graphs and pie charts for further evaluation. The main findings indicated that majority of the participants (90%) identified the use of standard assessment procedures and tools such as environmental impact assessment, environmental checklists and the environmental management plan as well as environmental training as strategies for increasing the awareness for project team members on environmental concerns. The result also suggests that environmental training should be an ongoing process for all personnel on site during the construction of the project in sustaining the awareness, knowledge, skills and attitude.

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The 6th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management: Conference Proceedings

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© 2015 Association of Engineering, Project, and Production Management. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Building Construction Management and Project Planning

Environmental Impact Assessment

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