What is a CEMP?

A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) is a working document that defines how a site will mitigate its potential impacts through construction on the environment and local community.

A CEMP is typically developed to avoid, minimise or mitigate construction effects on the environment and the surrounding community.

The CEMP provides a management framework for the planning and implementation of construction activities in accordance with environmental commitments identified by the project managers.

What do CEMPs include?

A good CEMP will reflect the company’s own internal policies and environmental cultures as well as provide a practical set of guidelines for on-site processes during construction.

The CEMP would set out the following:

  • Environmental Management System (EMS) requirements;
  • Ensure compliance with current legislation;
  • Effectively minimise any potential adverse environmental effects during construction; and
  • Outline how site specific method statements will be developed.

Who asks for them?

The Local Planning Authority may request a CEMP as part of your planning permission. It can be present as a planning condition as part of the standard environmental conditions applied to large or sensitive developments.

Even where a CEMP has not been specifically requested they can save time and money when considering the potential environmental impacts of a construction job. The CEMP would contain all the relevant information to enable the LPA to decide if the working will mitigate any potential impacts on the environment and local communities.

H2Ogeo Services

H2Ogeo provides CEMPs to clients throughout the UK and typically delivers within one month of commissioning.

To find out more please contact us or visit the website www.h2ogeo.co.uk.

You can also join the H2Ogeo blog by clicking here and registering your email address on the website.