RF: Lviv Liquidity Facility

Location:

Ukraine

Project number:

52829

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

11 May 2021

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

12 May 2021

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 10 million committed (Tranche 1) and EUR 12 million uncommitted (Tranche 2) financing to provide emergency liquidity support to the City of Lviv (the "City") and key municipal utilities/operators - existing clients of the Bank ("Recipients") in order to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 crisis (the "Project" or the "Facility").

The Recipients of the working capital support from the City are:

-   Municipal Enterprise "Lvivelectrotrans", existing client under the Ukraine Public Transport Framework, Lviv Trolleybus 

-   Communal Enterprise "Zelene Misto", existing client under the Green Cities Framework, Lviv Solid Waste 

-   Communal Enterprise "Lvivavtodor", existing client under the Ukraine Public Transport Framework: Lviv AFC 

-   Communal Enterprise "Lvivvodokanal", existing client under Lviv Wastewater Biogas

-   Communal Enteprise "Lvivteploenergo", existing client under Lviv District Heating

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the Bank's investment will be used for liquidity support to the city to provide liquidity and working capital support to key municipal companies - existing clients of the Bank (Recipients) - to compensate for temporary revenue losses due to COVID-19 crisis and support the vital municipal infrastructure providers with the day-to-day running costs (payroll, etc.), operating and maintenance costs, servicing the debt under existing projects with the EBRD (if required).

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The proposed liquidity facility at the Lviv City level would support the transition impact across five municipal transactions still under implementation, namely:

-      UPTF: Lviv Trolleybus, Portfolio Transition Impact (PTI) 60, Competitive, Well-governed

-      GrCF: Lviv Solid Waste, PTI 80, Green, Well-governed

-      UPTF: Lviv AFC, PTI 60, Competitive, Well-governed

-      Lviv Wastewater Biogas, PTI 45, Competitive, Green

-      Lviv District Heating, PTI 100, Competitive, Well-Governed

Client Information

CITY OF LVIV

The City of Lviv is an existing client of the Bank as the guarantor under eight municipal transactions with five Lviv municipal companies (Lvivelectrotrans, Lvivavtodor, Lvivvodokanal, Lvivteploenergo and Zelene Misto).

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 22,000,000.00

A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 10 million committed (Tranche 1) and EUR 12 million uncommitted (Tranche 2) financing.

Due to its nature as a COVID-response the project is a pilot one to be supported by the first-loss guarantee under the EU European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) Municipal, Industrial and Infrastructure Resilience Program, Component 1.

The uncommitted Tranche 2 of up to EUR 12 million could be committed at the sole discretion of the Bank if required by the city, subject to COVID-19 developments and the effect on the City financial and operational performance and liquidity needs of the recipients.

Total Project Cost

EUR 22,000,000.00

Additionality

Additionality

COVID-19 crisis response: EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions, e.g. the COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, the project envisions additional gender-sensitive benchmarks, which will be monitored throughout the project's life cycle.

 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The provision of short-term working capital to the existing clients is not associated with any new environmental or social (E&S) risks or impacts. Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) has been undertaken by the EBRD's Environment & Sustainability Department (ESD) in line with the ESD COVID-19 response and included a review of ESDD questionnaires, annual E&S reports provided by the clients to the Bank and publicly available information. The ESDD confirmed that the recipients continue to be in compliance with national law and relevant EBRD Performance Requirements (PR), are are on track in with implementing their existing Environmental and Social Action Plans (ESAPs), have maintained their institutional capacity for E&S risk management and are properly addressing occupational, health and safety risks linked to the COVID-19 response. Currently the clients do not plan any labour restructuring or redundancies within the next two years. Should this change the recipients will need to prepare and submit to the EBRD a Retrenchment Plan in line with PR 2. The Bank is in the process of agreeing updated ESAPs, which will address the issues identified in the ESDD and associated with COVID-19. This includes development of response plans related to labour management and stakeholder engagement to address COVID-19 related impacts and gender specific activities. The clients are required to continue to ensure that the new project complies with the PRs as well as submit annual E&S reports to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The project is supported by a first-loss guarantee under the EFSD Municipal, Industrial and Infrastructure Resilience Program (MIIR) under Component I Crisis Response for the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure sector, helping to respond to the needs of municipal borrowers negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.

Company Contact Information

Roman Staretskyy
staretskyy.roman@lvivcity.gov.ua
+38 067 310 54 40
https://city-adm.lviv.ua/
Rynok Square, 1, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 79000

PSD last updated

12 May 2021

Understanding Transition

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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 Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM 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 the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

 

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