The winning submission, Application of Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) Methodology within Offshore Decommissioning Projects, related to our innovative approach to comparative assessment using NEBA, which has the potential to reduce North Sea decommissioning liabilities whilst protecting the environment and reducing risks.
The ENDS Environmental Impact Awards were launched this year to celebrate sustainable achievement with the environmental industry. Entries were judged for innovation, rewarding those that broke ground or overcame barriers, the longevity of the advances or change and the unique skills of environmental professionals.
NEBA is currently being used in a number of high-profile projects assessing the net benefits of offshore decommissioning options. Ramboll Environ pioneered NEBA methodology as a way of measuring the loss of ecosystem services not accounted for in conventional comparative assessment processes. It helps identify the appropriate balance between plausible risks and benefits and associated environmental, economic and social (ecosystem service) trade-offs amongst decommissioning options.
The award was collected by Matt Davies, Ramboll Environ’s UK Managing Principal, at an awards ceremony in London on 4th May. Matt said, "We are delighted to have won the product of the year award at this, the inaugural ENDS Environmental Impact Awards. We are pleased that the judges recognised the importance of our ability to use NEBA, often used during oil spill response planning, to give due consideration to marine ecosystems during the decommissioning of offshore infrastructure, whilst creating real value for our clients and the environment."
In September 2016, Ramboll Environ’s innovative use of NEBA methodology also won the award for business innovation at the Environment Analyst Business Excellence Awards.
For more information about our NEBA projects, contact Nathan Swankie.