RENEWABLES

The number of wind and solar projects being built or in operation across Canada is evidence of the dramatic transformation of the energy sector towards less carbon intensive forms. While the transition to renewable energy may seem to have low environmental risks, energy projects are nonetheless required to evaluate their environmental, social and economic merit in a similar way to other infrastructure.

In this series of articles, Hemmera’s experts look at the challenges, opportunities and solutions to environmental approvals for clean and renewable energy projects they’ve been involved in over the last two decades. We’ll cover:

  • Understanding environmental risks early in a project and planning for successful operation 
  • Regional differences in environmental assessments for renewables 
  • Understanding your environmental assessment commitments and how they impact construction and operation  
  • Involving the host community in your project  
  • Solving renewable energy wildlife challenges 
  • Development of community-based diesel transition projects

 

Featured Articles

Understanding your EA commitments and how they impact construction and operation

A critical part of the EA process for renewable energy projects is providing commitments around protecting the environment through all phases of project development, and through to operation.

Regional Differences in Environmental Assessments for Renewables

Environmental assessment (EA) requirements typically vary by province, depending on the enforcement of provincial regulations, the location of sensitive habitats, and public sentiment.

Understanding environmental risks early in a project and planning for successful operation

Early environmental investigations and discussions with regulators and local stakeholders in advance of undertaking the formal approvals process are often critical to the success of a project. 

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Featured Experts

 

Mike Peckford

Business Leader, Atlantic Canada/National Lead Renewable Energy

Charlie Palmer

Practice Leader, Environmental Impact Assessment

Michael Enright

Business Leader, Environmental Planning and Ecology

Tyler Reid

Environmental Planning and Ecology Team Manager / Project Manager