Umwelt and the mining industry
Umwelt is a privately owned, Australian company with a vibrant national team of more than 100 professionals, delivering multi-disciplinary environmental and social consultancy services across the nation. We have a passion for achieving quality outcomes and offering flexible services tailored to the needs of our clients.
Built from our humble beginnings almost 25 years ago in the Hunter Valley, NSW, we have a very strong track record working with the mining industry, with a focus on delivering value for our clients, managing risk and assisting clients to meet their environmental and social objectives.
With offices in WA, QLD, NSW and the ACT and after delivering over 4000 projects across Australia, we are well versed in meeting the requirements of the Commonwealth, State / Territory and local government requirements and often have been engaged by government to assist in development of policy and guidelines.
Umwelt has a long standing reputation in providing environmental services across the project cycle – from project scoping and feasibility, through Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and approvals, onto operational support and mine closure. We also assist mining organisations to develop and review sustainability strategies that meet corporate goals in a manner that is built from an understanding of current and emerging stakeholder expectations.
In addition, we assist clients by providing environmental operational support and a range of technical services including ecology, social, soils and rehabilitation, heritage, water resources and acoustics. We focus on identifying and meeting our clients’ needs, tailoring our approach to meet the needs of the project and to address the key issues.
Some of the Umwelt leading practice and innovation initiatives being utilised by the mining industry includes purpose built real time noise management technology; proactive social impact assessment and management;; leading practice in biodiversity assessments; and rehabilitation and offsetting approaches that promote environmental improvement post mining operations.
We also have a very strong team that that specialise in audit and due diligence services. Where mining operations are being reviewed, transferred or upgraded, a thorough assessment of regulatory, environmental, community, rehabilitation, and mine closure commitments and responsibilities is typically required. Our team has completed extensive due diligence work for the mining industry across the nation, and internationally.
In WA, Umwelt provide specialist social assessment and stakeholder engagement services in addition to environmental operational support for the resource industry with particular expertise in approvals, EIA, and environmental management planning and reporting. We provide these services to the iron ore sector and also gold and precious metals. This includes revising environmental licences as required to reflect the current status of operations, as well as keeping abreast of changes in the regulatory environment. Our people actively participate in industry groups to ensure they are up to date with dynamic regulatory landscape. We highly value our work with the mining industry and look forward to continuing to assist mining corporations and operations to maintain their ‘social licence to operate’ and implement feasible improvements to environmental performance, for many years to come.