Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) is an increasingly important part of the corporate due diligence process. Environmental liabilities can be large and hidden, and there are many examples of purchasers and funders being hit with unforeseen costs. Unrecognised liabilities relating to land or water contamination, or impending permitting requirements, can cost purchasers and lenders dear and, in a worst-case scenario, they can result in criminal penalties for directors.
While there is a clear downside in neglecting to consider environmental risks, there is also the possibility that, on occasion, environmental liabilities may have been over-stated by previously conducted studies. This may result in valuable investment opportunities being missed, especially in relation to contaminated land, where recent changes in legislation have made many redevelopment projects viable. A careful examination of the assumptions underlying existing environmental liability estimates can therefore yield beneficial results.
Our environmental due diligence services offer the following benefits to our clients:
As a firm which focuses exclusively on assessing and managing environmental risks, ESI, now part of Stantec, is well placed to advise on how to manage liabilities associated with specific sites or property portfolios. We support buyers, sellers, investors and lenders with easy to understand and relevant advice on their transactions. Our activities in support of environmental due diligence include:
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