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Southwest Environmental Limited are committed to providing quality Environmental Consultancy services to a wide range of clients. Whether you are in industry, a land owner, a project manger, or a developer we offer a range of services to make your life that little bit easier . . . cutting through that red tape, leaving you to focus on your main objectives.

SWEL offer  Environmental Consultancy Services in the areas on Flood Risk, Compliance, Environmental Management, Sustainability, Contaminated Land and Planning. You can keep up to date with our projects and news on the southwest environmental  blog.

If you would like to keep up to date, you can read about UK Environmental News and Environmental News from the Southwest UK, on our Dedicated Pages.

 

Please feel free to telephone the office for a free initial consultation or to request a quotation.

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Why should I engage an Environmental Consultant?   Consultants, Consultant, Consultancy. What is the difference?   Who works for Environmental Consultants?
         
How do Environmental Consultants serve their Clients and the Environment?   How do Environmental Consultants Help with Compliance Issues?   How do Environmental Consultants Charge for their Services?
         
Do Environmental Consultants have an Environmental Impact?   Which areas do SWEL Environmental Consultants cover?   What do Environmental Consultants do to mitigate their impact?
         
         
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Environmental Consultants covering Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton and Bristol. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Avon, Gloucestershire

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How do Environmental Consultants help their Clients?

The main aim of an Environmental Consultant is to deal with their clients needs as effectively as possible.

If you have any questions regarding Environmental Aspects of what you do then please give Southwest Environmental Limited a ring, or drop us an email. The first call is always free, if you have some site specific queries we can then arrange to send out a qualified representative to discuss your options.  

For further details on how we operate you can read our terms and conditions.  

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Why should I engage an Environmental Consultant?

There are many reasons why you may choose to engage an environmental consultant. It may be a question of resources or expertise;

  1. Insufficient manpower to complete the task in hand.

  2. Insufficient expertise to complete the task in hand.

  3. You wish to gain a fresh perspective on your problems.

  4. You wish to become an industry leader in terms of you environmental credentials.

  5. You have been asked to compile a desktop study report by the LPA.

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Who works for Environmental Consultants?

What makes somebody an Environmental Consultant? Training? Education? Experience? The answer is all of these, when you speak to someone at Southwest Environmental Limited you can be sure they meet all of the afore-mentioned criteria.

We aim to employ staff with a minimum of an Honours Degree and Five years experience in a relevant industry. Environmental Consultancy is a very broad discipline and as such we will always assign a specialist Consultant to meet your requirements.

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How do Environmental Consultants Charge for their Services?

For smaller jobs Environmental Consultants can give a generic fixed price, this is because we can predict how much time we might take on such a job. Examples of this type of work might include:

  1. Flood Risk Assessments

  2. Desktop Studies

However, for larger more complicated jobs pricing is site specific. For example, site works etc. may take longer dependent on the site's area. Environmental Consultants may charge with regard to the following types of work.

  1. Site Investigations (Contaminated Land or Geotechnical)

  2. Environmental Permitting Applications  (for standard permits)

For more complex project management or bespoke permit application it is not always possible to give fixed price. This is because before a certain amount of ground work is done for example contacting enforcement bodies, it it impossible to know the scope of works.

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How do Environmental Consultants serve their Clients and the Environment?

So who are Environmental Consultants Interested in helping, our Clients or the Environment? The answer is both.

But we understand that environmental obligations are an expense, that is why you will find that we offer competitive rates, and will not over complicate our reporting processes in order to increase our revenue. Business aside it can be said that Environmental Consultants are generally passionate about the environment, it is this combination between passion and understanding that allows us to do what is best for our clients and the environment.

We often find that some of the compliance issues we deal with seam over complicated, and so we try to make this known to the regulators of the regulating body (The EA). Recently we have made contact with our local MP to make him aware that composting regulations are over complicated.

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What do Environmental Consultants do to mitigate their impact?

What we do:

Green Energy Tariff (Eco Tricity)- Electricity is sourced from renewable sources.

We don't charge mileage - Its tempting to charge 40p a mile when visiting site, but that might encourage us to drive more often, so we don't do it.

We use recycled paper - Printing a report is one of the most material rich activities we undertake, all paper is source from recycled feed stock, or FSC woodland.

Energy Conservation - As well as sourcing energy from a green source we also try to use as little as possible.

What do Environmental Consultants help their Clients with?

The Environment is in the news every day, not just the drastic headline grabbers like breaches in tailings dams, but the more chronic issues such as global warming, which are so inextricably connected to everything  we do.

Environmental Compliance

Governments around the world have laid down environmental laws and environmental regulations to help protect the environment, and to make sure people responsible for damaging it can be held  to account.

For the average business, or individual this environmental regulation leads to lots of forms to fill in, risk assessment, reporting requirements . . . . and so on.

All this paper work is a job in itself, and is quite often outside of peoples everyday remit, just as you may seek help from an accountant, you may wish to have an Environmental Consultant guide you in meeting your environmental obligations as an individual or business.

Environmental Advice

Compliance is one area where Environmental Consultants can help. But when so many aspects of environmental management are linked to efficiency, low operational risk and lowering carbon foot prints . . why stop at what you are obliged to do?

1 - Company image can be improved via Environmental Management Systems.

2 - A company with sustainability as its prime motivator is more attractive for investors.

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Consultants, Consultant, Consultancy. What is the difference?

Below are the definitions

Consultant

1 - a person who gives professional or expert advice: a consultant on business methods.

2 - a person who consults someone or something.

Consultants

1 - a group of people who gives professional or expert advice: a consultant on business methods.

2 - a group of people who consults someone or something.

Consultancy

1 - the state of being a consultant; the position of a consultant: a consultancy with a government agency.

2 - a person or firm that provides consulting advice or services.  

3 - consultation ( defs. 1, 2 ) . 

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Definitions courtesy of: dictionary.com

Do Environmental Consultants have an Environmental Impact?

Yes we do:

Human by Nature

Most Environmental Consultants are human, at least in shape and form, and such they have an impact, they eat food which has a big environmental impact, they watch TV, and search the web.

Day to day

Driving a Car.
Use any form of Electrical Appliance, particularly computers.
Office consumables.
Heating and Lighting of Office.

All of the above activities use operational and embodied energy / carbon, they may well have knock on effects down the supply chain and habitats, ecology, ethics. For example the diesel we put in our cars may be partially sourced from the Niger Delta where its extraction causes habitat loss and social unrest.

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How do Environmental Consultants Help with Compliance issues?

There are a number of ways you can find out whether or not your activities / business is in compliance with Environmental Legislation.

1 - You can take it upon your self to undertake in depth scrutiny of your operation / business, and ascertain which legislation applies to your activity. Larger companies may have their own environmental team, and will not need the help of an Environmental Consultant.

2- You can engage an Environmental Consultant to Undertake the Work for you.

There ere a number of advantages to engaging an Environmental Consultant to check your compliance, as they will know the best ways to deal with issues that may arise, and they will also know the most cost affective methods of bringing your operation in to compliance.

It pays to be complinat, being out of compliance leaves you open to prosecution, increases environmental risk, and may effect your brand image.

If you have any questions regarding compliance issues then please contact SWEL, for an informal discussion. The initial consultation is free of charge.

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Which areas do SWEL Environmental Consultants cover?

exeter bristol and london offices SWEL are based in London, Bristol and Exeter and provide UK wide coverage. With offices in London, Bristol, and Exeter we are well placed to serve the southwest UK, London and the M4 Corridor.




We have had clients in the past as far north as Stoke on Trent, and are not adverse to hopping on the train to come and visit. No matter where you are situated in the UK.
 
Bristol Office:

Centre Gate

Colston Avenue

Bristol

BS1 4TR

Bristol Office Place Page

51.455843,-2.596485

Email:

swenviro+bristol@gmail.com

Telephone:

01173 270 092

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Exeter Office:

7 Sawyers Mill

Shillingford

Exeter

Devon

EX16 9RY

Exeter Office Place Page

51.006535,-3.453962

Email:

swenviro+exeter@gmail.com

Telephone:

01398 331 258

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London Office:

80-83 Long Lane

London

EC1A 9ET

London Office Place Page

51.519652,-0.098664

Email:

swenviro+london@gmail.com

Telephone:

020 7692 0670

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