Prepare and submit a Preliminary Assessment (PA). A PA is always required to be submitted in the first instance of any application, and will determine whether the likely environmental impacts of the activity will be less than minor or transitory. If they are, then the activity will be authorised at this level. The PA is submitted for assessment by completing the environmental approvals application form [Word]. If they are found to be greater than this, one of the following evaluations will be required:
Initial environmental evaluation
If the likely impacts of your activity have been assessed to be minor or transitory, an Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE) will be required. An IEE requires a more comprehensive consideration of the elements of an activity and the likely environmental impacts. It must consider alternatives to the proposed activity and must include a public consultation phase. IEE documents are publicly available on the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty website. Once a draft IEE is accepted by the Environment Officer, it may take 3 months to process.
Comprehensive environmental evaluation
If the likely impacts of your activity have been determined to be greater than minor or transitory, a Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation (CEE) will be required. As its name implies, the CEE requires a very thorough examination of the activity, its environmental outputs, the receiving environment, and the alternatives. It is the highest level of EIA. Draft CEEs are subject to a wide public consultation and are circulated to other Antarctic Treaty Parties and tabled at a meeting of the Committee for Environment Protection (CEP). It may take up to 2 years to complete the CEE process. Visit the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty website to see examples of previous CEEs.