Environmental investigations—phase 1 environmental audits
Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental Ltd
Environmental investigations—phase 1 environmental audits

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental investigations—phase 1 environmental audits
  • What is a phase 1 audit?
  • When will a phase 1 audit be instructed?
  • Benefits of carrying out an audit
  • Types of audit
  • What does a phase 1 environmental audit involve?
  • Development of a Conceptual Site Model (CSM)
  • Who should carry out a phase 1 environmental audit?
  • Costs
  • Time frame
  • More...

What is a phase 1 audit?

Phase 1 environmental audits involve an independent review of an organisation’s environmental law compliance and management practices by external environmental consultants. The aim of any the audit is to systematically and accurately review site operations and the environmental setting in order to evaluate non-compliance issues and the potential for contaminated land liabilities. By identifying environmental affects the potential effect can be evaluated and appropriate remedial measures recommended.

When will a phase 1 audit be instructed?

The requirement and scope of works involved in any audit are dependent upon a number of factors, including:

  1. the terms of a transaction

  2. current and historical operations

  3. the characteristics of a site and its environmental sensitivity

  4. how risk-averse a client is and their budget

Generally, a phase 1 audit will be instructed as a result of:

  1. a risk of potential environmental liabilities raised following a preliminary desktop assessment, see: Environmental investigations—types of searches and investigations

  2. the occurrence of a transaction, whether it be the conveyance of the freehold/leasehold, a fund transfer or a refinancing arrangement

  3. an imposed planning condition prior to redevelopment or a change of use

  4. assessment of operational compliance with regulatory requirements, eg in relation to obtaining or maintaining an environmental permit

Benefits of carrying out an audit

Environmental audits are often designed to react to environmental concerns as a requirement associated with a transaction, however a

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