Atkins tops the tables - IPPC
22 August 2006, News release from Atkins
The preparation of high quality PPC applications on behalf of industrial clients and the completion of the technical assessment of PPC applications on behalf of the Environment Agency Strategic Permitting Groups has provided a significant workload in the last few years.
Atkins has, as last year, gained the top slot overall reputation in environmental consultancy in the highly regarded Edie.net Environmental Consultancy Survey 2006 of the largest 50 environmental consultancies.
Atkins also achieved a Top Four place in all categories this year (in customers' votes).
We have climbed the ladder in several categories, including Waste management and recycling & CSR/SER and we are also the company people would most like to work for.
Dermod Sweeney, Managing Director of Atkins Water and Environment states: "We are delighted with the results of this survey. As well as being one of the UK's largest environmental consultancies, we also have many environmental specialists working within other parts of the Atkins Group. We can draw on an immense wealth of expertise specific to a host of different markets and industries, including aviation, defence, highways, nuclear, rail, waste and water. This range of services, combined with Atkins' considerable engineering arm, means it can act as a 'one stop-shop', to provide a number of environmental solutions to a wide range of sectors."
Atkins was voted with the:
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We consider that a major contributory factor in Atkins success in this area has been the allocation of highly experienced, technically competent individuals to each assignment and the maintenance of an open dialogue between the operator and the regulator. As a result of our broad technical capabilities Atkins has tended to shine in the consideration of the more complex installations where the BAT and impact assessments tend to be more involved. This work is challenging and enjoyed greatly by our staff.
The PPC marketplace will change significantly as the last sectors are drawn into the regime in late 2006. The focus will move to the delivery of improvement programmes, the renewal of existing permits and an increasing focus on resource efficiency. We remain bullish with regard to our service delivery to the industrial sector and look forward to assisting the Environment Agency in streamlining the regulation of PPC installations, the successful permitting of new installations (recognising the significant overlap between planning, EIA and PPC expertise) and the growth of the IPPC market within Central and Eastern Europe all of which pull to Atkins strengths.
Amongst other work on the IPPC, Atkins has developed a screening tool for assessing the impacts on human health within the PPC regime. The tool was developed for the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) to allow regulators and other stakeholders to make knowledgeable decisions on the potential health impacts of PPC installations, which are the industrial facilities included within the PPC regime.
The screening tool provides the first assessment methodology that explicitly addresses human health within the PPC regime. The tool will be downloadable from the SNIFFER website.
Jack McCarey, South West Water:
"The service that Atkins supplies through its Dams and Reservoirs business and Panel Engineer Dr Andy Hughes, is a very efficient service, based on a wealth of experience and a pragmatic approach which gives us great value for money." (Reservoirs Panel Engineers & Services)
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