WSP’s Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA) services support effective and efficient decision-making, ensuring that sustainable development and other environmental considerations have been taken into account in policy, program and business planning. Our specialist teams’ technical capabilities also ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

We draw on our expertise across various environmental and sustainability disciplines and combine it with our regulatory know-how in order to deliver a comprehensive approach. Our appraisals are tailored to individual requirements across each sector. We work with clients ranging from local authorities to central government and international organizations to deliver a robust process which genuinely improves the understanding of environmental and sustainability issues at a strategic level.

We perform appraisals in North America, Europe and Africa, which are compliant with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. We can tailor our assessments to suit individual client requirements and national or regional regulations such as the European SEA Directive 2001/42/EC and the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999, across a range of strategic levels and sectors. These requirements can include knowledge of case law (to achieve compliance with SEA regulations), as well as the need for extensive consultation support.

Our Strategic Environmental Assessment services include:

  • National Policy Statements
  • Local Development Plans
  • Local Transport Plans
  • Masterplanning
  • Option Development and Evaluation
  • Strategic Infrastructure and Energy Development
  • Flood Risk Management Strategies
  • Bespoke Research and Development

We also undertake associated processes such as Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) and Health Impact Assessment (HIA).