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Environmental Services

RPS helps our clients understand and respond appropriately to the increasing environmental responsibilities of our time.

We advise clients across the public and private sectors through all stages of a project’s lifecycle – from strategic environmental assessment of major policies and plans, through assessment of individual developments, management of the operational phase and implementation of mitigation measures.

We have a proven track record in advising companies how to identify, assess and manage their corporate responsibilities.

With our scale and diversity, we offer clients a fully integrated service that places stakeholders and the principle of sustainability at the core of our work.

Our services include:

Environmental policy & guidance

Environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

Environmental management

Ecological surveys

IPPC & IED licensing & compliance

Environmental liability risk assessment (ELRA)

Contaminated land & hydrogeology

Due diligence

Appropriate assessment & natura impact assessment

Sustainability & climate change


Corporate social responsibility

Stakeholder engagement

RPS has developed guidance on a range of complex environmental legislation in partnership with regulators and government. We have a significant track record in preparing and managing EIA, SEA and AA for national, regional and local projects and programmes. Our project portfolio includes major infrastructure developments such as motorways, bridges, light rail, wind farms, pipelines, water and wastewater treatment plants, waste facilities, industrial facilities and commercial/ residential developments.

Case Studies

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL)

RPS was responsible for the project EIS which supported each of the statutory applications made in respect of the Onshore Pipeline.

Our brief included:

Coordination and supervision of environmental surveys and site investigations (onshore and marine)

Management of various environmental specialists

Compilation of a comprehensive EIS for the onshore pipeline in 2008, 2009 and a revised EIS in 2010

Providing Expert Witness statements and support during An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearings in 2009 and 2010 (consideration of alternatives, route development, construction, disposal options for tunnel arisings), community and planning issues, traffic, air quality, noise and vibration, landscape and visual, material assets, soils / geology / geotechnical.


Sruwaddacon Bay is highly scenic and its environs are located within environmentally designated sites (cSAC, pSPA, NHA and Ramsar). RPS managed to complete a comprehensive EIS in a most sensitive eco-system for this major infrastructure development within a very tight timeframe.

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

EIA for M3 Motorway Scheme

EIA for M3 Motorway Scheme

Meath County Council


RPS was commissioned to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment and produce an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed M3 Clonee to North of Kells Motorway Scheme close to the Hill of Tara (60km of 4-lane motorway).

The M3 Clonee – North of Kells PPP scheme is approximately 70km of motorway, dual carriageway and single carriageway road commencing at the end of the existing Clonee Bypass and tying into the N3 north of Kells, providing bypasses for Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells and includes over 40 bridges. RPS was responsible for delivery of the EIS for section 1(Clonee to Dunshaughlin) and section 2 (Navan Bypass).

RPS also provided full consultancy services to the National Roads Authority and Meath County Council from feasibility, constraints, route selection, EIA and construction monitoring.

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf


DG Environment, European Commission

RPS was the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award from November 2010 to November 2015 and was reappointed in 2016 to manage both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards. These awards are an initiative of the European Commission.

Since the launch of the award in 2008, seven cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm, Sweden in 2010; Hamburg, Germany in 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque region in 2012; Nantes, in Western France in 2013; the Danish capital, Copenhagen in 2014; Bristol in the UK in 2015; and Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2016. Essen in Germany holds the European Green Capital Award in 2017 and Nijmegan in the Netherlands will hold it in 2018.

As Secretariat, RPS manages the delivery of the competition on both technical and communications levels across the 28 Member States. We are responsible for public awareness through the European Green Capital Award / European Green Leaf website (, Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and through various channels such as brochures and press releases.

The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future. Galway city in Ireland holds the European Green Leaf Award in 2017. In 2016, it was jointly awarded to the Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras.

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government


RPS was commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to develop 27 Freshwater Pearl Mussel Sub-Basin Management Plans for the waters designated for protection under EU legislation in 2009.

RPS carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the 27 Plans. The Plans are an important part of the delivery of Ireland’s commitments under both the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive. Although the Plans will contribute toward management of designated Natura 2000 sites, screening for AA identified the potential for indirect impacts on other protected species such as kingfisher as a result of implementation of the measures. As a result, an AA was undertaken and a Natura Impact Statement was produced together with the SEA and the 27 Plans.

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project

Cork County Council

Haulbowline Island in Cork was the location of Ireland’s only steelworks which operated between 1939 and 2001. Waste from the steel production process was deposited on an area of reclaimed foreshore, which became known as the East Tip.

RPS was appointed in 2012 to provide environmental consultancy services for the preparation of an EIS, waste licence application and planning application for the remediation of East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity. Planning was approved by An Bord Pleanála and a waste licence was subsequently granted by the EPA.

In September 2015, RPS was awarded the contract to deliver the remediated site. Site clearance and advance works contracts are currently underway. The procurement process for the remediation works contractor is well advanced and it is expected that a contractor will be appointed in Q2 2017 and the work completed in Q3/Q4 2018.

SEA for Bray Town Development Plan 2011 - 2017

SEA for Bray Town Development Plan 2011 - 2017

Bray Town Council


RPS completed the preparation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Bray Town Development Plan (2011- 2017).

The Development Plan sets out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the administrative area of Bray Town Council for the period 2011 to 2017. The main site of interest for Bray includes Bray Head, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The area has been covered by a Special Amenity Area Order (SAAO) since 2007.

The SEA recognised the potential for indirect impacts to Bray Head and recommended that guidelines be drafted as part of the SAAO Management Plan to ensure that development in the area, particularly along the nearby seafront, did not result in indirect impacts to the SAC.