A sovereign loan of up to EUR 10 million to the Republic of Azerbaijan (the "Borrower") for the benefit of the Ganja City House-Community Production Union (the "Company"). The Bank will support the upgrade of the municipal solid waste collection infrastructure (waste collection and street cleaning vehicles and containers) in the city of Ganja, as well as improvements in operational and financial efficiencies.
Azerbaijan has a National Solid Waste Management Strategy (the "NSWMS"), among others including construction of new landfills, closure of old dumpsites, construction of transfer stations and support to recycling and recovery systems. The Project will address some urgent needs identified in the NSWMS applicable to Ganja city area. The Government of Azerbaijan is committed to implementing the improvements in solid waste management as identified in the NSWMS.
The project will help to improve the waste collection services in the city of Ganja in terms of improved waste collection service coverage rate and environmental, health and safety standards.
The Project will help promote the "Green" transition quality by improving waste management and reducing the negative impacts of waste collection on the environment. The Project will support the Company to meet best practices in waste management by purchasing low-emission vehicles and increasing the efficiency of waste collection through improved route planning. The Project will also support the "Well-governed" transition objective through the development of a corporate development programme.
The Borrower is the Republic of Azerbaijan represented by the Ministry of Finance. The Ganja City House-Community Production Union, a local public company under the Ganja City Executive Power, will be an implementing agency.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The Project contains a number of additionality qualities: (i) The EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, which are necessary to structure the Project; (ii) The EBRD helps the Borrower to mitigate carbon transition risks and to take climate action, such as to move along a low carbon transition pathway; (iii) The EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the Project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the Company; (iv) The EBRD supports the Company to achieve higher standards by relying on the best international procurement standards.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B in accordance with the 2019 Environmental and Social Policy. This Project will involve the financing of new vehicles and containers to support waste collection in the city.
Key environmental and social (E&S) risks and impacts to consider under the Project include: air emissions and odours, community health and safety, labour and occupational health and safety (OHS), vehicle safety and emission standards, occupational road safety and driver training, contractor management, issues associated with the existing and planned operations, and the Client's capacity for implementation of EBRD Performance Requirements. E&S due diligence will include the review of any available past reports and an environmental and social due diligence by an independent consultant. The Environmental and Social Action Plan implementation support will be provided through a post signing TC. This section will be updated upon completion of the due diligence.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The following technical co-operation ("TC") assignments are envisaged as part of this Project:
TC 1: Technical, Economic, Environmental and Social Due Diligence.
TC 2: Project Implementation and Procurement Support.
TC 3: Corporate Development Programme
TC 4: Green City Action Plan (GCAP)
Company Contact Information
Heydar Aliyev square Administrative Building Ganja city, AZ2000 Azerbaijan
PSD last updated
23 Nov 2020
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