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Patrick O'Brien

Toll Environmental Consulting

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Patrick L O’Brien  M.Sc (NUI) MPhil l(Ulster University) FCIWEM (UK) CEnv (UK) CSci (UK)  C.WEM (UK) MIChemE (UK) MCIWM (UK) M.I.Biol.I(Irl)

Senior International Environmental Consultant

TOLL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING LIMITED

23 Lower Woodlands Kerry Pike Co Cork Ireland T23V712

Email: tollenvironmental@eircom.net / ptobrien18@gmail.com

T: +353 21 4873371

Mobile No: + 353 87 837 9714

Skype: patrick891946

 
 

 

Results-oriented, dedicated executive with extensive international experience delivering a wide range of environmental consultancy services to private and public sector clients around the globe.  A Chartered Environmental Scientist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager   skilled in successfully developing and implementing environmental governance policies and strategies for effective management of air quality, water resources, and municipal & industrial waste / hazardous management. 

Collaborative communicator continually focused on building relationships and promoting cooperation among stakeholders to drive positive change and comprehensive environmental approaches. Areas of Expertise include:

 

ü Project Management
ü Risk/Impact Assessments
ü Pollution Prevention & Control
ü Environmental Policy & Strategy
ü Environmental Monitoring
ü Industry automation / controls
ü Energy/Infrastructure/Transportation

ü Capacity Building & Training

ü Development of sector BAT based on EU BREF

ü Use of natural fibre composites car industry
ü Training & Leadership

ü ISO14001/EU CEN Standards / OHSAS18001

ü Life sciences & R & D  
 

ü Problem Resolutions
 

Select Projects
 

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJACB DELINEATING NEGATIVE & POSITIVE AREAS FOR INSTALLATION OF CEMENT PLANTS IN THE SALT RANGE July 2017 – on-going

Senior Environmental Consultant ARTELIA SOGREAH DUBAI / NESPAK LAHORE

·         Delineation negative / positive areas regarding current / future location cement plants

·         Assessment of impacts of existing & future cement plants

·         Revision of water abstraction legislation  Punjab Province

·         Environmental impacts of the cement industry in the Salt Range

·         Review planning / environmental reports / documentation

 

Key Accomplishments

·         Assessment of current cement plant location Salt Range

·         Review of current cement plant process operations / controls and environmental monitoring reporting

·         Review / drafting reports / recommendations relation to the status of the environmental quality within the Salt Range

·         Review of potential locations within the Salt Range as suitable for cement plant location

EU ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT TRAINING PROGRAMME  ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT AQUABA SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY (ASEZA) JORDAN August – September 2017

Senior Environmental Consultant AECOM MADRID SPAIN

·         Training environmental inspectors in environmental monitoring and enforcement

·         Training ASEZA environmental department staff on environmental auditing & implementation of ISO 14001

·         Implementation of a management programme for the management of phosphate extraction waste

·         Training in emissions monitoring from cement & fertiliser production sector

·         Prepared sector environmental guidelines cement production sector

·         Assessment of the institutional capacity of the ASEZA Environmental Directorate

 

Key Accomplishments

·         Project Inception Report and Final Project Report Compilation

·         Review of ASEZA environmental legislation

·         Successful outcome / positive feedback on

ü  (i) environmental audit training course;

ü  (ii) environmental inspection training course

SITE REMEDIATION FORMER FERTILISER PLANT, Cork, Ireland (2015 – 2016)

Senior Environmental Evaluator ERNST & YOUNG DUBLIN

·         Reviewing and reporting on all documentation pertaining to the environmental issues on site for the past 14 years including soil and groundwater conditions and tests, disposal of chemicals, Galbestos removal, PCB survey, and Asbestos survey.

·         Verification of removal of contaminated soil, effluent pond sludge, oil from Cladding by licensed contractors. interceptors, Galbestos

·         Site meetings with Auditors from Irish Environmental  Protection Agency

·         Preparation of Independent Closure Audit Report

Key Accomplishments:

Ø  Report Compilation:

·         Background / Site Description & Operational History

·         Review of site Investigation Reports

·         Review of site remediation reports & removal of materials

·         Review of all chemical analysis of soil, surface and groundwater undertaken by investigators

 

 

EMISSION LIMIT VALUES (ELV), Beirut, Lebanon

Emissions Expert, Client: GFA Hamburg, (2015 – 2016)

Charged with developing ELVs for air and water discharges on shore and from offshore oil & gas installations in Lebanon’s power and industry sectors utilizing European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standards for laboratory analysis.  Assisted and facilitated Ministry of Environment (MoE) Lebanon to develop BAT BREF guidelines for emissions from the cement industry, working with a small team of Ministry technical specialists.  Conducted workshop training for 12 technical professionals from MOE to build capacity in development of ELVs oil refining / industry / industry & automotive control systems

·      Completed institutional strengthening and capacity building using case studies to guide implementation of environmental monitoring and enforcement, including identification of environmental monitoring equipment

·      Developed emissions information management system (MIS) consisting of an inventory of emissions based on EU PRTR regulation

·      Guidance on undertaking risk assessment in major power / industry sectors including oil refining

 

Key Accomplishments:

·      Completed assignment on schedule and to satisfaction of client Ministry of Environment

·      Review of emission standards – cement industry sector

 

EU NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY FOR MONTENEGRO, Cork, Ireland & Podgorica, Montenegro

Emissions Expert, Client: VGM Partners UK, (2014 – 2015)       

Completed an accounting of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere, develop greenhouse gas (GHG) national emission predictions, and draft the EU National Climate Change Strategy for Montenegro, a €1M project.

Key Accomplishments:

·      Completed assignment on time and within budget to the satisfaction of client

·      Identified strategies to successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industry, energy/power, rail & transport sectors

·      Planned and implemented institutional strengthening, build capacity, and develop environmental monitoring system

·      Evaluation of industry control systems – production / process / environmental

·      Evaluation of emission standards from cement and other industry sectors.

 

IPPC BREF & TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS, Belgrade, Serbia

Senior IPPC Expert, Client: REC Hungary/Human Dynamics Vienna, (2013 – 2015)

·         Developed BAT technical guidance documents (including BAT industrial hazardous waste management) and provide best available technique (BAT) BREF guidance for the non– ferrous metals (NFM) industry sector as part of a €3M EU Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) project.

·         Trained personnel in the Ministry of the Environment IPPC unit on industrial emissions inventory

·         Evaluation steel / non ferrous sector production process systems & automotive systems

·         Draft BAT BREF sector guidelines for cement industry

 

Key Accomplishments:

·      Developed  technical guidelines BAT for non-ferrous metal sector currently being implemented

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY GUIDANCE, Jakarta, Indonesia               

Environmental Services Specialist, Client: Norton Rose Australia (2012-2013)

Prepared policy advice report that facilitated Indonesia’s interests during international trade negotiations for environmental goods, services, and equipment to provision environmental infrastructural services.

Key Accomplishments:

·      Developed report detailing mechanisms by which Indonesian Ministry of Trade can assist Indonesian environmental companies sell environmental services in the ASEAN region: for example industrial hazardous management

·      Evaluation of heavy industry sector process control systems

 

STRENGTHENING LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION  Pristina, Kosova        

Environmental Specialist, Client: Nico N Ireland &  Kosova MESP (2011 – 2012)

·         Detailed review of the overall technical competencies of the agencies responsible for environmental planning  & environmental management & monitoring & enforcement – air, water, municipal / industrial waste & hazardous waste

·         Provided guidance on development of national waste management strategy including hospital waste

·         Developed template for preparing BAT BREF environmental sector guidelines for extractive industry sector

Key Accomplishments:

·         Prepared spatial, environmental and infrastructure planning documents for municipalities

·         Identified requirements for decommissioning of Kosova A lignite fired power plant

·         Developed outline environmental compliance requirements for Kosova B power plant & essential pollution abatement control measures to meet  EU LCP / IPPC / IED requirements

 

TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT TERMOKOS DISTRICT HEATING PLANT PRISTINA Pristina, Kosova               

Environmental Specialist, Client: POHL Consulting Germany & Termokos DH Plant &  Kosova MESP (2009)

Detailed review of the overall technical competencies of the operating staff of the Termokos DH Plant Full training provided in overall plant utility management air, water emissions monitoring and implementation of waste management practices

 

Key Accomplishments

·         Implemented environmental management system and compliance with EU environmental regulations regarding air and water emissions TERMOKOS Heating Plant Prishtina.

·         Trained staff in all aspects of water quality monitoring , water chemistry & key aspects of EU WFD, cost recovery systems  for water use, design of plant foul water systems, effluent discharge standards & enforcement guidelines

·         Developed emissions information management system – district heating

·         Developed waste management plan for the DH plant

·         Implementation of heating plant automotive control systems

 

NATIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY ROMANIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & WATER MANAGEMENT Bucharest, Romania. 

Environmental Specialist, Client:  PM Group Ireland & MEWM (2005 - 2006)

EU Team Leader responsible for the development of a national waste including hazardous waste management / monitoring system and development of a national reference laboratory for waste sampling and analysis

 

Key Accomplishments:

·         Detailed report prepared addressing quantity of waste ( including hazardous waste ) produced; approach to reduce the toxicity of waste; improve waste collection;close dump sites and ensure land remediation;create a new system for hazardous waste management; improve monitoring and control systems; stimulate market competition in waste management; and introduce incentives to foreign investors and national capital to enter waste management activities in Romania.

·         Conceptual design for municipal and hazardous waste landfills & waste to energy options

·         Developed environmental management system ISO 14001

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING AZERENERJI JSC ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT BAKU  Baku, Azerbaijan.       

Environmental Specialist, Client:  PM Group Ireland & Asian Development Bank  (2010 - 2011)

Provided environmental management systems training to Azerenerji Environmental Department with emphasis on power plant environmental management Specific role was the environmental aspects ongoing during the demolition and construction phase,  training of Azerenergy technical staff on all aspects of (a) environmental monitoring (b) environmental management (ISO 14001), (c) training in undertaking environmental and social impact assessments (d) development of BAT guidance for the energy sector including transmission / power line distribution (e) health & safety requirements in the energy sector. EIA guidelines for Azerenerji oil & gas E&P sector

 

Key Accomplishments:

·         Conducted training to the Environmental  Department Azerenerji JSC  Azerbaijan

·         Evaluated technical competence of environmental staff, development of environmental measurement – CEM  / monitoring training modules , preparative tasks towards development and implementation of an ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system

·         Developed emissions information management system- energy sector

·         Development of power sector automotive control systems

 

ASHDOWN ENVIRONMENTAL Oxford, UK     

Technical Director Environmental Specialist, 1990 - 1991

Provided environmental services to transport, industry and power sector clients

Responsible for business development and environmental engineering technical services

Key Accomplishments:

·         Team Leader – EIA UK High Speed Rail Link London to Folkestone air, water quality aspects, spoil removal management / disposal

·         Review EIA Hong Kong High Speed Rail Link

·         Managed Environmental Projects & Business Development Unit

·         Undertook environmental audit ICARTSA Steel complex Mexico on behalf of World Bank

·         Developed EIA Barking Reach Power Plant Development

·         Implementation of automotive control systems for the energy sector

·         Review environmental sector guidelines UK cement production sector

 

STONE & WEBSTER ENGINEERING Buckinghamsire UK                

Chief Environmental Engineer 1989 - 1990

Provided environmental engineering services to blue chip clients transport, industry and power sector clients

Key clients BP, British Gas British Rail

Key Accomplishments:

 

·         Responsible for EMS / Environmental engineering  services to oil refining / oil and gas sector clients.

·         Senior EIA Specialist: Keadby Coal Fired Power Plant Redevelopment; British Nuclear Fuels CHP Power Plant Development Cumbria

·         Conducted assessment of UK water utility industry sector – operations

·         EIA of British Rail UK rail link extensions – air, water quality impacts, spoil management

·         Evaluation of automotive control systems in water & waste water treatment industries

 

SITE REMEDIATION ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT IRISH ISPAT STEEL PLANT  Cork ,Ireland.      

Resident Site Project Manager - Environmental Specialist – Client:  PM Group Ireland  & Irish Ispat (1997 1998)

Resident site project manager developing plant and landfill site environmental audit

Key Accomplishments:

·         Undertook detailed environmental audit of steel plant and waste management facilities

·         Environmental assessment / audit of electric arc steel production facility, preparation of emissions inventory, assessment of site landfill & drafting plans for site remediation, upgrade of baghouse dust capture facility, cooling water discharge & effluent discharge to sewer

·         Liaised with Irish EPA technical specialists  on site environmental monitoring – air & water emissions & prepared client report

 

 

Chronology
 

TOLL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING LTD, Senior Environment Consultant, Cork, Ireland, 2011 – Present                 

ü  Provided environmental consultancy services to private and public sector clients – environmental governance / policy / strategy  development, air quality management, water resources – water quality, biodiversity  & river basin management, flood risk assessment, guidelines on effluent discharge,  waste management, environmental impact assessment, integrated pollution control, training, flood control & flood risk assessment , water utility operations, EU equipment supply tenders preparation

ü  ISO14001 environmental management system implementation

ü  Specialist trainer to power sector on emissions control – oil & gas fired power plants

ü  EU Environmental Legislation & protocols relating to power / energy / industry sector

ü  Developing environmental sector guidelines for various industry / energy / power transmission sectors

ü  Presenter of various papers on water & environmental management Ireland, UK & internationally

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT GROUP (PM GROUP), Senior Environmental Consultant, Cork, Ireland, 1991 – 2011 

 

PROVISION OF CLIENT ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES 

ü  Responsible for full range of environmental management services – river basin management planning, air & water quality monitoring, waste water treatment plant design review, sanitation systems, programme of measures, SEA’s / EIA’s integrated pollution control (IED)  environmental management system implementation, waste & hazardous management

ü  Development of project proposal for environmental management training oil & gas sector S

ü  Developed environmental management system ISO 14001

ü  Development of environmental guidelines oil & gas E&P sectors

ü  Review of proposed Irish motorway EIA’s on behalf of local government authorities

ü  Training environmental inspectors  in EU WFD requirements to public & private sector entities, water & power  utility operations, water quality standards

ü  Broad range application of automotive control systems for process & environmental operations

ü  Reviewing industry sector guidelines regarding environmental emissions – cement / steel chemical sectors

 

 

Additional Accomplishments
 

·      Published and presented various papers on water, waste management  and environmental management at scientific conferences in Ireland, the UK, and internationally

·      Associate Research Materials Scientist for the Engineering Science Department at Trinity College and the University of Oxford

 

Education & Training
 

Master of Philosophy Material Science

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER Co Londonderry Northern Ireland

 

Master of Science in Environmental Chemistry

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE | Cork, Ireland

 

Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry, 1st Class Honours

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE | Cork, Ireland

 

Certifications & Credentials:

Planning & Environmental Law Certificate, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Chartered Environmental Scientist (CEnv), Society for the Environment, UK

Chartered Water Environmental Manager (CWEM), Society for the Environment, UK

 

Professional Affiliations:

Fellow, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM), UK

Professional Reviewer, CIWEM, UK | Chartered Institutes Waste Management (CIWM), UK

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK