Environics was commissioned by Catalyst Investment Management to carry out an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) for a 50 MW PV Power Plant located in Benban, Aswan to assess its Environmental and Social (E&S) performance. The plant’s construction was completed and commissioning started.
The objective of the ESDD was to assess any potential environmental or social areas of concern associated with E&S compliance status of the PV project site against the applicable regulatory frameworks, standards and IFI requirements, including:
Applicable national environmental and social (including occupational health and safety) legislation including:
Environmental Law 4/1994;
Labor Law 12/2003; and
Law 63/ 1964 regarding social insurance.
Project’s ESAP included in the Environmental and Social Review Summary prepared by IFC, 2017;
The World Bank Group General Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines, 2007; and
IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, 2012.
This was carried out through identifying areas of non-compliance/areas of concern, if any, proposing possible mitigation measures and providing an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) for addressing the identified gaps.
Regarding investigating previous construction activities, the ESDD addressed historical E&S performance with reference to IFC’s ESAP and those related to potentially unresolved aspects of non-compliance and/or grievances and other findings identified during site observations as well as issues raised by the lender(s) audits.
The ESDD comprised the following activities:
Document Review including documents and information provided before, during and after the site visit,
Site Visit to evaluate current conditions, identify areas of potential concern, as well as meeting with relevant individuals/stakeholders to discuss the environmental and social issues;
Assessment of E&S practices implemented and evaluation of any potential gaps/weaknesses;
Reporting including: project description, results of the E&S due diligence assessment, as well as the Environmental and Social Action Plan (“ESAP”) with recommended actions to achieve compliance with the Reference Framework.