• Environmental authorizations and permitting
  • Management systems
  • Legal compliance and management system audits
  • Technical specialist services
  • Legal support services
  • Environmental risk assessment and management (ERAM)

Environmental authorizations and permitting

What is this service about?

The CEM provides environmental impact assessment (EIA) services to both the private and public sector. The CEM’s approach to EIA focuses on the facilitation of interaction and communication between the client, regulator, other stakeholders and technical specialists. The CEM, in association with our extensive network of specialists, is in the position to streamline projects with multiple authorisation requirements by managing the authorisation processes in parallel.


The CEM provides services in the following fields:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • Environmental Management Plans;
  • Waste Licence Applications;
  • Water Use Licence Applications;
  • Mining Authorisation Applications;
  • Environmental Management Programmes;
  • Section 24G Rectification Applications; and
  • Public Participation and Stakeholder Engagement.

Management systems

What is this service about?

The CEM’s experience with management systems in general and environmental management systems in particular goes back to 1994 when the first revision of ISO 14001 was generated.


The CEM has extensive experience in:

  • Environmental management system development, documentation and implementation;
  • The rectification of management system failures;
  • Determining the scope of management systems;
  • Designing, developing and implementing integrated management systems such as environmental management systems (ISO 14001); occupational health and safety management systems (ISO 45001), quality management systems (ISO 9001) and food-safety management systems (ISO 22000), amongst others;
  • Assisting organisations to transition from one version of a management system standard to another;
  • Verification of the readiness of developed and implemented management systems to commence with the certification process;
  • Support to generate state of the art and comprehensive environmental standard operating processes;
  • Assistance to generate environmental policies to conform to the requirements of ISO 14001;
  • Rendering of competence and awareness training services that conform to the requirements of ISO 14001; and ISO 45001
  • Generating legal registers; and
  • Conducting legal compliance and internal management system audits.

Legal compliance and management system audit

What is this service about?

Our core team of SHE management advisors are SAATCA-registered auditors.


In association with its network of specialists, the CEM has extensive knowledge and experience in:

  • Legal Compliance Auditing (Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety);
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management System audits;
  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System audits; and
  • Integrated Management System audits (ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 45001).

Technical specialist services

What is this service about?

The philosophy of the CEM is to sustain a small core team of skilled environmental and related specialists, supported by a network of experts in various relevant fields. All of the CEM’s environmental specialists are recognised leaders in their fields.


Specialist services provided by the CEM include:

  • Environmental Management Frameworks (EMFs);
  • Environmental Impact & Management Plans (EI&MPs);
  • State of Environment Reports (SoER);
  • Invader Plant Survey and Management Strategies;
  • Biodiversity Offsets;
  • Mine rehabilitation and closure assistance; and
  • Assistance with Hazardous Waste Classification.

Legal support services

What is this service about?

The CEM’s law specialists have extensive knowledge of environmental- and occupational and mine health and safety-related legislation and regulations of all the spheres of government.


The CEM is in a position to provide the following services to both the public and the private sector:

  • Legal opinions and advice;
  • Specialist project screening to determine which environmental authorisations are triggered;
  • Expert advice on how to align and integrate multiple environmental authorisation application processes so as to prevent duplication and overlap, as well as time delays;
  • The generation of environmental bylaws for local government;
  • The development of legal registers.

Environmental risk assessment and management

What is this service about?

The CEM has the expertise to assist organisations with conducting environmental risk assessments that conform to ISO 31001.

These risk assessments include the identification and assessment of the eco-toxicological-based risk assessments for hazardous substances throughout their life cycles.

The risk assessments are performed both for base lines and for issue-based risk assessment scopes.