Public Power Corporation liquidity response Greece

Location:

Greece

Project number:

51981

Business sector:

Energy

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

28 May 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

24 Apr 2020

Project Description

Provision of an up to EUR 160 million working capital facility to support Public Power Corporation SA (PPC) operations at the time of the Covid-19 crisis in Greece.

Project Objectives

The Project supports the PPC, the largest electricity generator and supplier in Greece. Accordingly the functioning of its operations are vital for the stability of the electricity sector as a whole. It provides critical functions along the sector chain including distribution, retail supply and collection of payments that are ultimately passed on to other generators and sector participants.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

Resilience - Financial Stability: The main transition impact would be derived by creating resilience in the electricity system by making available working capital to ensure vital payment capacity and liquidity are maintained throughout the value chain during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

Well Governed - Prepare an action plan to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure: The Bank is providing TC support to PPC to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure.

 

Client Information

PUBLIC POWER CORPORATION SA

PPC is the largest power producer and electricity supplier in Greece. It has been listed on the Athens Stock Exchange since 2001 and its main shareholder is the Greek State (51.1%), through the participation of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund and the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations where the Greek State holds 100% of voting rights.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 160,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 160,000,000.00

Additionality

As part of a crisis response EBRD is providing financing that effectively bridges a financing gap due to adverse market conditions.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The Bank's use of proceeds are designated for short term working capital and will not be used for any capital investments in thermal power generation or mining.

ESD undertook a corporate level ESDD of the Company in line with the ESD's ESDD approach to CV-19 Solidarity Package projects, to gain an understanding on how EHS issues are managed and the Company's strategy to comply with current and future EU legislation. This included review of publicly available documentation, as well as remote meetings with the Company's EHS and CSR team to understand the Company's plans to comply with current and future EU legislation. Overall, based on the ESDD, it has been concluded that PPC has sufficient Environmental, Health and Safety management systems and the capacity in place to fully implement the Bank's Performance Requirements. The Company is in the process of publishing its non-financial information in line with EU requirements.

The key challenge of the Company will be associated with compliance with the new BAT Conclusions at the existing power plants, and reducing the carbon footprint at the same time increasing the share of renewable energy generation. The Company is making efforts to address this and has made strong public commitment to implementing a decarbonisation Policy. This will include decommissioning of 3.4GW of lignite assets by 2023 and the remaining 0.6GW by 2028.

Based on the ESDD, an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been agreed with the Company in principal and will be finalized prior to Board consideration. This will ensure PPC's future compliance with the Bank's Performance Requirements and include a commitment to a decarbonisation strategy as well as disclosure of climate related information.

The Bank's financing will explicitly exclude coal and mining assets from receiving EBRD's proceeds in order to meet various EBRD policy requirements.

Information on the Company and is Corporate Social Responsibility can be found here (https://www.dei.gr/en/i-dei/etairiki-koinwniki-euthuni)

The Bank will monitor the implementation of the ESAP.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Technical Cooperation is being provided from the EBRD's Special Shareholder Fund to support the Company in preparing an action plan to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure.

Company Contact Information

Ioannis Stefos
i.stefos@dei.com.gr
+30 210 5292153
+30 210 523 2251
www.dei.gr
30 Chalkokondyli St., 104 32, Athens Greece

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

07 May 2020

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g., through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s accountability mechanism.

The accountability mechanism independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit our webpage to find out how to submit a complaint through the confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. We are available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of complaints. Complainants’ identities may be kept confidential upon request.

Please note that after the appointment of the new mechanism Head in 2020, the revised Project Accountability Policy and Guidance will come into effect to guide case handling.

 

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