Environmental & Social Assessment

Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) is the assessment of the environmental and Social Consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. These assessments can be conducted at different levels to ensure proper management and overall sustainability.

With growth and developing infrastructure, managing the environmental and social risks with overall sustainability is becoming critical and important. How can we help you?

Our services are informed by the years of experience in environmental and social assessments – across multiple geographies and sectors. The superset of services which we offer to our Clients are:

  • Strategic Environmental and Social Assessments (SESA)
  • Project Specific Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
  • Cumulative Impact Assessments
  • Development of Environmental and Social Monitoring Plan (ESMP)
  • Due-diligence for Environmental and Social Risks
  • Monitoring of Implementation of Environmental and Social Monitoring Plan
Environmental & Social Assessment

Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment

  • Preliminary Scan and establishment of as-is scenario
  • Identify E&S key risks and institutional and knowledge gaps
  • Identify key strategic areas of work (recommendations on mitigation of identified E&S challenges) to achieve the desirable future scenarios of the program or policy from the current situation

Project Specific Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

  • Site reconnaissance and assessing the suitability of site from E&S perspective
  • Environmental and social scoping study
  • Establish environmental and social baseline
  • Identify all developments and external natural and social stressors affecting the Valued Environmental and Social Component
  • Identify potential impacts of the proposed projects and suggest mitigation measures
  • Develop Tribal development plan and Gender management plan
  • Develop environmental and social management plan

Cumulative Impact Assessment

  • Determine spatial and temporal boundaries
  • Identify Valued Environmental and Social Component in consultation with affected communities and stakeholders
  • Identify all developments and external natural and social stressors affecting the Valued Environmental and Social Component
  • Establish baseline scenario
  • Assess cumulative impacts and evaluate their significance over Valued Environmental and Social Component predicted future conditions
  • Design and implement: (a) adequate strategies, plans, and procedures to manage cumulative impacts, (b) appropriate monitoring indicators, and (c) effective supervision mechanisms

Development of Environmental and Social Management Plan

  • Identify potential E&S impacts and suggest mitigation measures
  • Develop Environmental and Social Management Plan to assist Clients in mitigating the potential E&S risks associated with the projects
  • Develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plan

Due-diligence for Environmental and Social Risks

  • Detailed understanding of E&S impacts associated with the project
  • Identify gaps in the management of mitigation measures and suggest corrective actions
  • Provide prioritized recommendations for the implementation of corrective measures

Monitoring of Implementation of Environmental and Social management Plan

  • Onsite monitoring of the project development works and implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plan
  • Identify gaps in the implementation and provide suggestive measures

Our Clientele includes both Government and Private Clients in different geographies across different sectors. We also provides our services to multilaterals and are well-equipped with their requirements.

Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for NH Program

Synopsis: In order to support the underlying growth of NH infrastructure in India, MoRTH has engaged PwC to undertake the SESA study for NH program. The main objective for conducting SESA is the identification of key environmental and social (E&S) challenges or issues associated with NH projects, across the different phases of the project lifecycle - preparatory stage, construction phase and the operations phase, for the better management of environment and social risks and impacts.

Issue/What was the problem: Road and highways infrastructure projects have significant social and environmental impacts arising from their construction and operation. These impacts can be both positive and negative. However, the impacts may have far reaching effects beyond the immediate project area and beyond the people directly associated with the project’s activities. The nature of these impacts includes both quantifiable as well as non-quantifiable aspects. So, assisted with the outcomes of SESA MoRTH is looking forward to adopt a holistic perspective on integrating the principles of environmental sustainability and social assessment straight from the project planning phase to the complete roll out of the projects.

Our Solution: PwC is undertaking SESA through:

  • Establishing the as-is scenario of managing the E&S risks across the NH project life
  • Identifying the key risks as well as institutional and knowledge gaps
  • Extensive stakeholder consultations
  • Envisioning the future scenarios of NH program development
  • Identification of key strategic areas of work (recommendations on mitigation of identified E&S challenges) to achieve the identified desirable scenarios from the current situation.

Client Benefits: After the successful implementation of the solution, the client is expected to have the following benefits:

  • Identification of key E&S risks and impacts to compare the implications of future scenarios of NH programs
  • Integrating the strategic plan into their decision making to ensure sustainability of future investments under the long-term National Highways Program

ESIA of five upcoming economic zones in Bangladesh

Synopsis: PwC was engaged by one of the largest special economic zones in Bangladesh to conduct Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study for the development of five upcoming Economic Zones, funded by World Bank, in different parts of Bangladesh.

Issue/What was the problem: The large scale infrastructure projects were classified as category-A projects under the World Bank guidelines. We were engaged to conduct ESIA to identify, predict and assess the type and scale of potential environmental, social, and biodiversity impacts, associated with the development of special economic zones. For the assessment of social impacts we had to conduct field survey, conduct extensive stakeholder consultations of the PAPs, calculate compensation for the PAPs and prepare resettlement action plans and gender development plans

Our Solution: PwC developed a categorical set of solutions for the client in the form of:

  • Environmental Impact assessment report
  • Social impact assessment report
  • Environmental and social management plan
  • Resettlement action plan
  • Gender development plan

Client Benefits: After the success-ful implementation of the solution, the client had the following benefits:

  • Identification and prioritizing environmental and social impacts in relation to the project(s)
  • Resettlement action plan with budget estimate for the project affected persons
  • Mitigation of potential environmental and social impacts and thus, compliance with Environment, Health, Safety and Social (EHSS) regulations and international EHSS guidelines (IFC/ JBIC/World Bank)

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Yasir Ahmad

Partner and Leader, Sustainability and Responsible Business Advisory, PwC India

Tel: +91 124 330 6491

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