Environmental Assessments

Our approach and services

Increasingly, clients are requesting that sustainability, social and governance topics are included as part of their environmental, social and governance commitments.

The need to understand the environmental, health and safety issues associated with a site or business can arise for many reasons.

It may be as part of a real estate or corporate transaction, or when arranging insurance, taking or surrendering leases, applying for or surrendering permits, or planning redevelopment works. It may simply be a part of internal risk management plans or performance improvement initiatives.

Identifying and quantifying environmental, health and safety issues at particular sites has traditionally been achieved by undertaking Phase I Assessments. If required, Phase II Environmental Assessments can also be completed.

Phase I Environmental Assessments

Phase I Environmental Assessments are designed to provide an initial understanding of whether a site:

  • Has been subject to soil and groundwater contamination
  • Represents a risk of causing future contamination or pollution
  • Contains hazardous materials such as asbestos
  • Is at heightened risk of flooding.

If required, the Phase I Assessment can also include a Limited Compliance Assessment that examines the compliance of the site and its operations with current and reasonably foreseeable environmental, and if requested, health and safety legislation.

Increasingly, clients are also requesting that as part of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, assessments additionally include sustainability, social and governance topics.

Phase I Environmental Assessments include a desk study element. This comprises a review of pertinent historical maps, aerial photographs and records, as well as current regulatory information. Where appropriate, a site visit may also be carried out to gain first-hand understanding of its operations and condition.

Our assessments undertaken in the USA typically follow the requirements of ASTM E1527, to which due regard is paid as relevant in other jurisdictions.

Phase II Environmental Assessments

In some cases, Phase I Assessments uncover actual or potential contamination of soil or groundwater, and/or development planning or regulatory processes require a baseline on current site conditions. Anthesis can clarify the nature and extent of that contamination risk by undertaking a Phase II Environmental Assessment.

This comprises an intrusive investigation of soil or groundwater, or both if needed. These assessments involve the physical sampling of soils, ground gas and surface and groundwaters, followed by chemical testing and the completion of quantitative risk assessments.

Similarly, Phase I Environmental Assessments may identify risks associated with floods, materials that may contain asbestos, or other potential liability issues. Anthesis can undertake further assessments to clarify the inherent risks.

Staff at Anthesis are experienced at delivering such assessments to a consistent standard across the world, often as part of large multi-jurisdictional portfolio assessments. In doing so, we leverage our experience spanning almost every commercial and industrial sector. The sector-specific expertise of our wider Anthesis colleagues allows us to understand new regulatory drivers, such as those covering energy and chemicals regulation.

We ensure that the issues we identify are put into context by explaining the likelihood of the issue arising, timescales and the potential cost implications.

Staff at Anthesis also understand the commercial setting into which our reports must fit. The reports are therefore backed by appropriate levels of Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover, and disclosure and reliance arrangements. 


I have worked with Anthesis for many years. They have a depth of ESG understanding and expertise, allowing real analysis and advice on the emerging issues that are becoming increasingly material to our clients. What sets them apart is their willingness and ability to apply this, together with technology solutions, to enhance the quality and speed of their reporting.

Paul Davies
Latham & Watkins

We wanted the ESG screen as we were keen to understand the definition of ESG and to see the criteria you would be using. We were also interested to see how others would view us through this lens. The Anthesis screen provided us a with a “mirror”. The value to Neste was that it confirmed we are on a right track to addressing ESG issues. It also helped us to identify some potential improvement opportunities, several of which we are working on, and others that warrant further evaluation.

Neste Corporation

Key People

Satu Juntunen
Managing Director, Finland
Tim Clare
Director, UK
Frank Schmidt
Managing Director, Germany
Don Reed
Executive Director, North America
Sherwood Li
Country Manager, China
Chris Keller
Global Head of M&A and Corporate Services

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Anthesis has offices in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Andorra, Finland, Colombia, Brazil, China, the Philippines and the Middle East.

300-101   400-101   300-320   300-070   300-206   200-310   300-135   300-208   810-403   400-050   640-916   642-997   300-209   400-201   200-355   352-001   642-999   350-080   MB2-712   400-051   C2150-606   1Z0-434   1Z0-146   C2090-919   C9560-655   642-64   100-101   CQE   CSSLP   200-125   210-060   210-065   210-260   220-801   220-802   220-901   220-902   2V0-620   2V0-621   2V0-621D   300-075   300-115   AWS-SYSOPS   640-692   640-911   1Z0-144   1z0-434   1Z0-803   1Z0-804   000-089   000-105   70-246   70-270   70-346   70-347   70-410