“My role at RSK involves managing and coordinating the preparation of environmental impact assessment (EIA) chapters and environmental statements,” Robert explains. “This includes supporting and guiding the EIA team and managing, coordinating and liaising with subcontractors, architects, planners and developers.
“To date, I have worked on more than 50 wind turbine projects, ranging from less than 1 megawatt in size to major planning applications,” Robert adds, explaining his proudest achievements as an environmental professional. “As 80% of the projects that were submitted were consented, I’m proud to have made a positive contribution to meeting the UK’s target of reducing total energy consumption by 15% by 2020.”
Wind turbines en route to the Gevens wind farm, for which Robert project managed the EIA
Before joining RSK in 2016, Robert worked at Glasgow City Council as an assistant project manager after completing a master’s degree in environmental studies. He then studied for a postgraduate diploma in environmental management and auditing and worked as an environmental technical officer before moving into consultancy. Since then, Robert has seen many changes in the sector.
“More consultancies are working together now than they previously did,” says Robert. “Collaboration works well, as it provides flexibility in terms of resources and, if you choose your partner wisely, it is an essential part of a bid.”
As for the future, Robert believes that Brexit will have a significant effect on the UK’s environmental consultancy sector: “As the sector evolves, I see future positive opportunities for environmental professionals to help the UK government to reform laws regarding land management, farming, fisheries and waste management. To do this, the sector will need to be innovative, flexible and agile in influencing environmental and planning policy, which it is more than capable of being.”Subscribers can read the article in full on The ENDS Report website.