EA opens consultation on charge proposal

The Environment Agency has opened its consultation on reforming its charges for regulatory and non-regulatory work.

As we reported earlier this month, the EA has indicated that its fees may rise significantly to reflect the true cost of delivering its services following the recently undertaken Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC).

The EA has given an initial indication of some of its proposed new charges with some fees rising significantly – a Standard Permit with Fire Prevention Plan could increase by 140% and a bespoke MRF application by over 350%. Similar increases to annual subsistence charges are also proposed.

Wiser Environment encourages all clients to have their say. The consultation is open from today until 12th January 2018 with new charges coming into force from April 2018.

Visit the consultation website.

If you would further information about the likely implications of the increased charges for your business or would like support in responding to the consultation, call us on 01480 462 232.

EA plans online system for permit applications

The Environment Agency is working to implement an online software system for the submission of Standard Rule Permit applications, with the scope for the system to be developed to cover bespoke permit, deployment and variation applications.

Wiser Environment has registered to work with the Environment Agency (EA) in the development of their new software system. We welcome the introduction of a streamlined system for the submission of application documentation to the EA and will keep you up to date with the progress being made.

Should you require support regarding environmental permitting matters then please contact one of our consultants on 01480 462232.

EA fees expected to rise significantly following SRoC

The Environment Agency has indicated that its fees may rise significantly to reflect the true cost of delivering its services following the recently undertaken Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC).

Wiser Environment reported this summer that the Environment Agency (EA) was undertaking an SRoC which was likely to result in increased charges including around the assessment of Fire Prevention Plans. Following the completion of the SRoC the EA has outlined its plans to recover the full cost of legitimate regulatory activity and some non-regulatory activity as well as offering new chargeable services. The EA has given an initial indication of some of its proposed new charges with some fees rising significantly – a Standard Permit with Fire Prevention Plan could increase by 140% and a bespoke MRF application by over 350%. Similar increases to annual subsistence charges are also proposed.

Charles Thomas, Consultancy Director, Wiser Environment says: “The EA is proposing wholesale changes to its fee structure with some massive increases. This will no doubt cause a strong reaction and considerable debate amongst those affected. I’m sure the industry will be interested to see how these increases will be used to target those who operate outside the regulatory system”

The EA will shortly be consulting on the SRoC with proposed fee increases taking effect from April 2018. This is your chance to provide your views. Please do not hesitate to contact our team if you need to discuss the potential implications for your waste activities.

Recruiting two Senior Environmental Consultants

Wiser Environment is recruiting two Senior Consultants to join our close-knit team.

Senior Consultant in Permitting & Safety

The Senior Consultant in Permitting & Safety and will provide expert advice to clients around environmental permitting and planning applications as well as health & safety.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the production of high quality applications in environmental permitting and planning that meet the expectations of the regulators
  • Providing competent and accurate advice on health and safety, environmental, quality, waste management and waste planning issues
  • Providing expert assessment of health and safety issues on a range of operational facilities and processes, and managing support documentation, auditing and communication for clients
  • Liaising with Authorities, Environment Agency, HSE and Local Authority Officers on behalf of clients and provide best advice on issues and problems arising.

Download the full job description for the Senior Consultant in Permitting and Safety here.

Senior Consultant in Management Systems & Auditing

The Senior Consultant in Management Systems & Auditing will provide expert advice and delivery to clients around the development and implementation of management systems as well as compliance and legal auditing.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Development and implementation of processes and procedures for clients to sit within a Management System which attains the standards set by OHSAS18001/ISO45001, ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO50001, and accurately reflect the manner in which they conduct their operations
  • Providing good and accurate advice on health and safety, environmental, quality, carbon management and waste management
  • Implementation of Quality, Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety and Integrated Management Systems for a diverse range of clients
  • Auditing of Environmental, Quality and Health and Safety Management Systems for clients to ensure that they meet the requirements of and improve the management system
  • Conducting compliance audits against legal and other regulatory obligations

Download the full job description for the Senior Consutlant in Management Systems & Auditing here.

We are looking for candidates with good communication skills, industry awareness, strong management skills and a high level of expertise in the relevant area.

An independent environmental consultancy, we are a close knit team that works very closely with our clients that range from recycling and waste management companies to facilities managers and professional services. We value our staff and the quality service they deliver to our clients and provide a flexible and encouraging working environment.

Both positions will be based at St Ives, Cambridgeshire serving clients across the UK.

Apply for these positions by sending a CV and cover letter to nicki.chennells@gmail.com.

No agencies please.

Trio builds Wiser team

The Wiser Group team has expanded by three in the last month with the addition of Andrea Petrolati, Emma Ellams and Oliver Hirst.

Wiser Environment consultant Andrea PetrolatiAndrea has joined Wiser Environment to support our growing portfolio of work in environmental, health and safety, energy and quality management systems. He also becomes the lead contact for Wiser Environment in waste classification, contaminated land and technical services.

Emma has joined the Wiser Group business team as Accounts Administrator with responsibility for all inbound and outbound payments for both Wiser Recycling and Wiser Environment.

Finally, Oliver Hirst has joined the Wiser Recycling team as an apprentice providing operational support to Dominic Hirst and the team across all our waste electrical and electronic equipment sites.

We are delighted to continue to build our team and welcome the trio on board.