Rahul Datar

Rahul is a post graduate, M. Engg in Environmental Technology and Management from AIT, Thailand and a Bachelors in Civil Engg from Pune University, India. He is an independent EHS / Sustainability Consultant specializing in Environmental, Health & Safety Safeguards & Impact Assessment and has extensively worked on development, implementation and auditing of Environmental and Social Policy Frameworks for Infrastructure Development and Financing Institutions / Banks and overseas (e.g. MSRDC, UPNRM, MPUDC, IL&FS, in India and IDCOL & PPPO in Bangladesh). He has developed a Municipal Solid Waste Management Strategy and Plan for Kabul city in Afghanistan for UN Habitat / UN Ops.

He is fully familiar with E&S Safeguards of multilateral financing institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department for International Development UK (DFID) and private sector international financing institutions (such as International Finance Corporation (IFC), Equator Principles Financing Institutions (EPFIs), Private Equity (PE) Funds) as well as National and State EHS legal statutes in India.

Rahul has conducted more than 75 EHS / ESG Audits and EIA / EMPs for Private Equity Funds, EPFIs and Corporate (MNCs) for acquisition and mergers; project financing, legal compliance and management systems in a variety of industrial and infrastructural sectors using international E&S safeguards.

He has (in his previous employment as Senior Vice President at EMC LLP) led a team of EHS auditors, assessment specialists and environmental planners in the focal areas of Industrial and Urban Environmental Management, Cleaner Production, EHS Management Standards, EHS Due Diligence Auditing for transactions (acquisitions and mergers; multilateral financing) and has also been involved in Training, Development of Environmental Software Applications. Rahul is Principal Consultant with “Environment Matters”, an EHS advisory that he founded in 2015.

He is a qualified auditor for ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001:2018. Rahul is trained on air pollution dispersion modelling from Trinity Consultants (Breeze ISC/AERMOD), USA and has conducted several air pollution modelling assignments for projects in India, Mauritius and Egypt. Rahul has participated in the International School on Circular Economy organised by Ekonnect.

Rahul has worked on projects in multiple countries including Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kingdom of Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Sultanate of Oman, Thailand, Vietnam and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) on various technical and management projects (EHS / EMS Audits, Training, EIA, E&S Policy framework, Waste Management etc.)