Supporting complex transactions with practical environmental & climate risk management advice.  

Our experience working with operators, regulators and insurance companies across Europe & Australia enables us to look at problems holistically to develop innovative solutions.

  • Financial quantification of known contaminated land conditions.
  • Risk assessment of unknown contaminated land and environmental conditions.
  • Technical negotiation with regulators and third parties to achieve win-win outcomes.
  • Expert witness on contaminated land, environmental risk and groundwater dependent resources.

Contaminated Land Liability & Risk

Contaminated land issues can delay transactions when uncertainty about regulatory actions, offsite risks and remediation costs arise.  ERS can

  • Assess potential offsite risk and exposure based upon the type of contamination, the nature of the ground conditions and the sensitivity of receptors.
  • Independently review and engage with regulators to assess the likelihood of enforcement action.
  • Develop remediation cost estimates to support the negotiation.
  • Provide structured risk assessment to inform the likelihood and consequence of unknown contaminated land risk.
  • Provide risk engineering support for insurance brokers and underwriters to facilitate Environmental Insurance placement.

Climate Change Risk & Vulnerability

Global warming induced climate change hazards are becoming increasingly accepted and embedded in investment decisions.  ERS advises clients and completes climate risk assessments in support of:

  • The EU Taxonomy Regulations to classify Sustainable Activities
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
  • The Equator Principles benchmark for managing project environmental risk

Expert Witness

Our founder, Shane Herlihy is a recognised hydrogeological and contaminated land expert who has successfully defended projects at public enquiry and acted as an expert in High Court cases:

  • Fingal County Council – five landfill oral hearings before An Bord Pleanála and the EPA.
  • Dublin Port Company – contaminated land and environmental risk testimony before the High Court.
  • Zurich Insurance – contaminated land and environmental risk testimony before the High Court.