Environmental Audits

Our Exemplar Global certified auditors and lead auditors have extensive experience in performing environmental audits for manufacturers, construction contractors, project principals and regulators.

We have been appointed as environmental auditors by the NSW Land and Environment Court and by the EPA. We are also approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as independent environmental auditors and environmental management representatives (EMRs).

This means we not only know what needs to be done to manage your environmental obligations, we have immense experience in getting things done, the right way, the first time. This ensures optimum time and cost outcomes. We perform the following types of audits:

  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS) audits
  • Integrated Management System audits,
  • environmental regulatory compliance audits,
  • facility environmental audits
  • construction environmental audits

Environmental Regulatory Compliance Audits

We have an established comprehensive environmental legal compliance audit process which we can tailor to individual operations.  This covers compliance with approval and consent conditions, licence conditions and statutory obligations.  We undertake such audits to help clients fulfil the requirements of development approvals or pollution licences, to help regulators check the compliance of projects or facilities or to enforce court orders.

Construction Environmental Audits

Our accredited auditors can perform environmental audits on your property, construction site or remediation project to ensure that developers and builders are in full compliance with the relevant legislation and approvals to protect the environment, the workers and the community.

Facility Environmental Audit

We can undertake independent audits of your facilities to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and benchmark operations against best practice environmental management in terms of water, waste and energy.

Example Projects

Taralga Wind Farm EMR (windfarm owners)
Molino Stewart was approved in 2009 by the Department of Planning and Environment to be the appointed Environmental Management Representative (EMR) to independently audit the construction and operation of this 51 turbine wind farm north of Goulburn. This included auditing of both CEMP and OEMP and various specialist subplans as well as the construction and operation of the windfarm. This was a particularly challenging project because it had significant community opposition and scrutiny, the ownership of the project changed four times during Molino Stewart’s commission and the eventual constructors and operators wanted to make significant changes to the design and construction of the wind farm which had originally been approved. This was during a period when a neighbouring wind farm was taken to court by the community over constructing unapproved modifications to its facility. Molino Stewart liaised with the Department of Planning and Environment over modifications and approvals, reviewed and approved CEMP, OEMP and relevant sub-plans, complaint and agency inquiry responses and conducted site audits. We continue to undertake regular operational audits of the facility as part of our ongoing EMR role

Orange Waste Project Independent Environmental Audit (Orange City Council)
Molino Stewart undertook the first independent environmental compliance audit of the Orange City Council Waste Project. The audit was required by conditions in the development consent. The audit reviewed the projects’ performance via systems, records, procedures and site observations in relation to the conditions of the original development consent, Orange City Council’s statements of commitment and the relevant environment protection licences for two sites. The audit was conducted in accordance with the audit objectives/terms of reference established during the audit briefing meeting. The audit considered a total of 380 conditions or statements of commitment.

Transport infrastructure Compliance & Assurance Audits (TfNSW)
Molino Stewart has been on the Transport for New South Wales environmental auditor panel since 2013 and has conducted a number of strategic audits focusing on complex areas of management functions and the robustness and integrity of processes and systematic functions. We have conducted more than operational/performance audits to validate effective functioning of internal processes and procedures to deliver train and bus infrastructure projects in an efficient manner. This has included more than 20 compliance audits for contractors and other Transport for NSW project delivery partners in accordance with contract requirements. He has assessed ISO Certification and other accreditation through the course of both internal and external audits commissioned and carried out under this panel. Client satisfaction was demonstrated by reappointment to new panel in 2017 for four years.

Piggery Mandatory Environmental Audit (NSW EPA)
Molino Stewart was appointed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority to conduct a mandatory environmental audit of a piggery which had repeatedly breached licence conditions. The audit report was used as evidence in legal proceedings. This was the seventh facility where Molino Stewart was appointment by NSW EPA or the Land and Environment Court to conduct a mandatory environmental audit in response to ongoing licence breaches.

Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015 Compliance Audit (Property Development Company)
Molino Stewart was appointed to independently audit the existing environmental management system of one of Australia’s leading property developers to determine whether it complied with the requirements of ISO14001:2015. Gaps were identified and recommendations made on how to achieve full compliance.