A loan of up to EUR 20.3 million (or RON equivalent) to the City of Timisoara to support the City's priority public transport infrastructure alongside EU co-financing under the relevant EU Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The loan will support: (i) the renewal of the City's tram fleet,(ii) the rehabilitation of the tram line, (iii) the update of the City's sustainable urban mobility plan, (iv) the improvement of public transport services in Timisoara, and (v) the preparation of a Green City Action Plan.
The main purpose of the Project is to improve the e-mobility in the City and its metropolitan area and reduce pollution caused by traffic congestion, focusing on the modernisation of its public transport system.
To pursue the transition towards a greener future across all urban sectors, the City also takes a strategic approach by joining EBRD Green Cities. With this project serving as the City's "trigger" investment under the programme, EBRD will support the City to develop a Green City Action Plan ('GCAP').
ETI score: 70
The Project is part of EBRD's Green Cities Framework 2 ("GrCF2"). The GrCF2's primary goal is to achieve significant environmental improvements and promote the Green transition quality in the targeted cities. The GrCF2 also aims to build necessary capacity and facilitate better coordination between and buy-in from various stakeholders in the relevant cities in order to improve the governance, operational efficiency and financial sustainability of the targeted investments and initiatives.
This Project will primarily promote the Green transition quality by supporting electric transport development, resulting in reduction of GHG emissions by at least 20 per cent. In addition, the Project will also trigger development of the GCAP for the City of Timisoara that will benchmark the city's environmental performance, identify the priority environmental challenges and will define the measures, investments and policy actions, that will address these challenges.
The Project will also support the Resilient objective through strengthening the City's public transport network and supporting development of strategic plans for sustainable urban mobility and transport restructuring.
CITY OF TIMISOARA
B-dul C.D. Loga, nr 1, cod 300030 Timisoara, Jud Timisoara
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Environmental and Social Summary
The proposed project has been categorised B in accordance with the 2019 EBRD Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy, as the potential impacts are expected to be site specific and readily identifiable and addressed through mitigation measures.
The environmental and social due diligence for the project, which is ongoing, includes an independent third party environmental and social audit to assess the Client's management capacity and systems to manage environment, health, safety and labour issues in its operations and an analysis of the potential (future) E&S impacts and benefits. It will also assess the Client's ability to carry out the Project in compliance with the Bank's Performance Requirements.
An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared for the project, and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan will be developed that will include a grievance mechanism. and information on environmental and social performance and a summary of the agreed Action Plan will be released to stakeholders.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Pre-signing TC: EUR 75 thousand due diligence for technical and environmental review
Post-signing TC: EUR 350,000 for GCAP preparation
PSD last updated
05 Oct 2021
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