Preliminary Environmental Assessment

Background

A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) form must be completed by the Principle Investigator of each project prior to commencement of the proposed fieldwork in Antarctica. It is a requirement of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (1991) and the UK Antarctic Act (1994, 2013) that all Antarctic activities be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEA)

Please download the NEW combined ‘PEA and Specialist Activity Permit Application’ form and submit it electronically by 31st May each year.

  • If your project is funded or coordinated by BAS please submit your PEA form to Anna Malaos in the BAS Environment Office [email protected]
  • If your project is NERC funded or a Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme (CASS) project please submit your PEA form to the Antarctic Funding Office [email protected]

Once you have submitted your ‘PEA and Specialist Activity Permit Application’ it will be reviewed by the BAS Environment Office.

If your project is to be undertaken in South Georgia please go to the Permits page for further guidance.

Post-Season Environmental Review

All Antarctic projects which have been reviewed and assessed via a PEA must also undergo a retrospective review of their activities upon completion of the project. This must be submitted to the BAS Environment Office (as above) in the form of a EIA Post-Season Questionnaire upon completion of the project or by the 30th of April (whichever is soonest).

Guidance Documents

The following documents provide guidance for minimising impacts in the field.

NB Please note that the use of elemental mercury has been banned from use in all science, medical and operational equipment to be used on BAS ships and stations in Antarctica.