EBRD has committed to ‘promoting environmentally sound and sustainable development’ through Article 2.1 of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD. To enable delivery on this commitment, the Bank has developed its Environmental and Social Policy 2014 (ESP) which sets the environmental and social goals and standards to which ALL investment projects must be structured, as defined in Section B of this Policy. It is primarily the responsibility of the clients to undertake Environmental and Social Assessments of potential investment projects and provide the necessary documentation to the Bank so that appropriate due diligence can be performed. The work that the Bank undertakes in delivering investment projects in certain cases however, may be carried out in tandem with clients and partners who lack elements of technical capacity or financial strength to meet this responsibility.
The purpose of this TC project is to provide support to such clients so that the Bank can complete Project Appraisal Implementation in line with the requirements of the Environmental and Social Policy. Successful implementation of this TC project will enable the Bank to structure and implement investment projects in line with the requirements of the Environmental and Social Policy (ESP). The Bank is committed through various County Strategies and Sector Strategies/Policies to target particular types of investment projects (for example MEI projects throughout Central Asia and Transport Infrastructure projects in South-Eastern Europe and Turkey).
As indicated above, the potential clients in many such cases lack capacity and funding to engage appropriate advisers who can enable TC project design and structuring to meet the Bank’s requirements around the ESP This enabling TC project will allow the Bank to work with its clients to identify and engage with the types of advisers necessary and result in bankable investment projects alongside building the internal capacity of the clients as they engage with the advisers during TC project design. There are numerous cross-cutting elements of Bank Policies and Strategies which require support from this TC. The key policy driver, as indicated previously is the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), which outlines the due diligence requirements and Project Performance Requirements which all investment projects must meet. TC support for Environmental and Social Due Diligence of investment projects and supporting Capacity Building/Policy Dialogue activities is needed to promote Sustainable Infrastructure and Energy Security as well as Good Governance in accordance with the commitments in the Board-approved ESP and as well as Transport, MEI and Energy Strategies. The proposed TC project is fundamental in enabling compliance with the ESP for the investment projects that will benefit from TC-funded due diligence assignments. The Bank has identified Projects and geographies through the various Country Strategies and Sector Strategies/Policies where there is a commitment to deliver and implement investment projects to enhance overall Transition. This TC project addresses capability gaps in certain Sectors and geographies that would hinder or preclude delivery of the commitments made in these various Strategies and Policies. The strategic importance of this TC project is specifically related to the paragraphs 18 and 50 in the ESP.
TC Recipient Information
Public sectors clients within Transport, MEI and Power and Energy sectors
The assignment, for the total of EUR 450,000 under the project, are expected to be funded through EBRD-managed donor funds( Shareholder Special Fund)
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Access to Information Policy (AIP)
The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.
Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form
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 email@example.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.