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All project teams for Waka Kotahi land transport infrastructure construction projects, network maintenance and bridge maintenance contracts will develop an environmental and social management plan (ESMP).

Guidance and templates for preparing ESMPs are provided below.

What is the purpose of an ESMP?

ESMPs are an essential tool to manage environmental risk during construction, operation and maintenance of land transport infrastructure. ESMPs:

  • establish environmental processes and procedures to minimise negative effects on the environment.
  • assist Waka Kotahi to deliver the intended environmental and social outcomes of construction, operation and maintenance activities undertaken by our contractors
  • provide a process through which an environmental management system can be implemented during a contract between us and our contractors and consultants
  • set out accountability for both the contract team and Waka Kotahi as the client
  • show how the contract will achieve compliance with permitted activities under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), resource consent conditions, designation conditions, archaeological authorities and Department of Conservation concessions.

Higher risk or more complex environmental and social aspects will need a sub-management plan due to the specialist level of management detail required. For example, a pest plant management, construction noise, archaeological and heritage management plan could be required. These sub-management plans will be integrated with the overall management plan framework.

Who needs to prepare the ESMP?

The responsibility to produce an ESMP rests with the physical works contractor. The professional services consultant ensures the plan is prepared, maintained and recommended as fit for purpose to Waka Kotahi.

However, it is becoming common practice for RMA or other environmental permit applications to include a draft ESMP, which is usually prepared by a professional services consultant as part of the consent application. The consenting strategy will determine whether an ESMP is lodged with the RMA application.

Consenting and consent compliance

ESMPs are a living document and require review and updating to ensure they remain relevant to the contract.

Guidance and templates for ESMPs

Guideline for preparing an environmental and social management plan

Follow this guideline when preparing an ESMP for an environmental permit application, for a state highway construction project, a network maintenance area contract (network outcomes contract) or bridge maintenance contract.

Guideline for preparing an environmental and social management plan

ESMP templates

Physical works/construction project

Maintenance contract

Structures maintenance contract

Sub-management plan guidance

Higher risk environmental and social aspects will need to have a sub-management plan due to the specialist level of management detail required.

For detailed guidance on management on particular environmental and social risks, refer to the pages on specific technical areas pages. Sub-management plan templates may be available, for example a construction noise and vibration management plan template is available under the noise and vibration pages.

Further information

For further information contact environment@nzta.govt.nz