Like any significant endeavor, large-scale electrical projects face a variety of environmental risks that threaten their successful completion. Teams who manage and execute the projects usually have to grapple with inevitable challenges related to environmental regulations like:
- Slow on-site progress
- Recurring site changes
- Expensive mitigation costs
- Unfavorable environmental impact
- Delayed or slow regulatory approvals
At times, unmitigated risks result in years of delay or millions of dollars in additional costs. All stakeholders, including workers, the company, and even the public are affected by the drawbacks. Fortunately, there are tested methods that could help minimize the time and financial risks associated with electrical projects.
Minimizing Environmental Risks for Electrical Projects During Planning Stage
The best defense against risks is to solve them while the project is still on the drawing board. The planning stage is the perfect time to safeguard against environmental issues.
Establish a Plan to Engage Stakeholders in a Dialogue before Commencing the Project
Documenting public concerns about the project gives you a longer timeframe to work out alternatives and address legitimate issues. Listening to your stakeholders from the beginning also limits the risks of demonstrations while the project is already underway.
Conduct A Critical Issues Analysis
Some projects look good on paper until they are taken to the ground for implementation. Then many issues arise and challenge their successful completion. A Critical Issues Analysis is a useful tool for assessing the actual viability of your project and the possible environmental risks that it will involve.
Consult Engineers for Your Siting and Permitting Process
Expansive projects are never simple or straightforward. What may look like minuscule technical details may have massive environmental impacts. Having engineers on the team ensures that your design, implementation, and implementation plans are technically sound, cost-effective, and poses no risks.
Integrate Anticipated Restrictions and Government Timelines in Your Plans
Your progress does not solely depend on your own planning and implementation schedule. The processes and timelines of other entities like suppliers and government agencies will also affect your pace. Making room for delays mitigates the risk of dilemmas during the construction and installation, like proceeding before all permits are released or else going way over budget.
Strategies for Avoiding Costly Environmental Issues During Implementation
No matter how well you prepare against risks during project planning, some other issues will inevitably crop up. So the team’s sensitivity to these contingencies should not only be confined to policies and design but practiced until completion.
Keep a Holistic and Proactive Approach During Implementation
There are different aspects to overseeing a project including financial, structural, procurement, human resource, and risks management. But all these areas are closely linked and influenced by one another. You can avoid major blind spots if the environmental engineer and other department heads are allowed to contribute to each decision.
Educate the Workforce of Your Environmental Commitment
Workers cannot be expected to enforce environmental safeguards if they are not aware of the company’s commitment towards such. Communicate your company’s drive for environmental compliance down to the lowest ranks. Developing materials for your organization such as comprehensive rulebooks and checklists help ensure your standards are met on all levels.
Secure Your Electrical Projects from Environmental Risks
Unless you specifically target an environmentally sound practice in your electrical projects, you will have to face major issues from the government and other stakeholders. That includes hefty penalties, costly delays, and unnecessary disputes.
From a long-term perspective, taking these environmental risks lightly will also hurt your own company’s sustainability. Fortunately, following these steps will help you avoid costly mistakes.