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Erdemir Steel Energy Efficiency



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Business sector:

Manufacturing and Services

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Approval date:

14 Oct 2015



PSD disclosed:

16 Oct 2015

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

The EBRD is providing a long-term loan of up to €115 million (or US$ equivalent) to Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari T.A.S. ('Erdemir' or 'the Group') and Iskenderun Demir ve Celik A.S. ('Isdemir' - together with Erdemir, the 'borrowers').

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the EBRD loan will be used to support Erdemir and Isdemir to implement a series of energy efficiency measures at their production facilities located in Eregli, in the Black Sea region, and Iskenderun, in the country's south east. The improvements are part of the borrowers' investment programme which will lead to significant savings in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs (the 'project').

Transition Impact

The expected transition impact of the project will be achieved through: (i) the demonstration effect on other Turkish steel producers and industrial players of Erdemiris integrated approach to energy and resource efficiency as a key source of industrial competitiveness, and (ii) the contribution of Erdemir in defining strategic priorities for energy efficiency in the Turkish iron and steel sector, as part of a wider policy effort that EBRD is leading together with the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for the development of a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Client Information


Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari T.A.S. ('Erdemir' or 'the group') is the largest integrated steel producer in Turkey. With a total production of 8.5m tonnes of crude steel in 2014, Erdemir accounted for approximately 25 per cent of Turkey's crude steel production.The group was incorporated in Turkey in 1960 and runs steel production facilities in Eregli and Iskenderun. The subsidiary Iskenderun Demir ve Celik A.S. ('Isdemir') is 95.07 per cent owned by Erdemir.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 115,000,000.00

Up to €115 million (or US$ equivalent) long-term senior loan.

Total Project Cost

EUR 115,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B. The planned investments in energy and resource efficiency will result in significant environmental benefits. Reductions in fuel and external electricity consumption will lead directly to lower emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.

Environmental and social due diligence has included a site visit to the Eregli plant and discussions with the company's environment, health and safety (EHS) staff undertaken by the EBRD's Environment and Sustainability Department (ESD), and audits of both of the integrated steel mills by independent environmental and social consultants. The consultants have reviewed the proposed investment plans and carried out a high-level assessment of Erdemir's operation against Turkish and EU best available technologies. The consultants found that both plants are operating to good EHS standards.

The company has environmental and health and safety management systems that are certified to the ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001. Erdemir management have a proactive and forward-looking approach to environmental and safety performance, as evidenced by the investment programme for this project. The due diligence has produced some best practice recommendations related to labour management, data collection and reporting. Erdemir will provide the Bank with annual environmental and social reports and ESD will undertake occasional monitoring visits to review project implementation.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Erdemir Group Credit Department
+90-216-578 80 61

Implementation summary

With the support of EBRD's financing, Erdemir and its subsidiary Isdemir are on course to have implemented a series of resource, energy and operational efficiency measures at their production facilities in Eregli and Iskenderun located in the Black Sea region and the Southeast region of Turkey, respectively. For Erdemir and Isdemir operating in an energy-intensive sector, energy and resource efficiency are strategic priorities.

The Project has contributed to (i) the demonstration of Erdemir's integrated approach to energy and resource efficiency as a key source of industrial competitiveness; and (ii) the participation of Erdemir in the definition of strategic priorities in terms of energy efficiency in the Turkish iron and steel sector through policy dialogue activities.

PSD last updated

21 Mar 2022

Understanding Transition

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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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.

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