In January 2016, The Egyptian Chemical Industries Company (KIMA) initiated the construction of its rehabilitation projects in Aswan plant. Earlier, in 2009, environmental approval was obtained from EEAA for these projects.
KIMA commissioned Environics to carry out environmental and social audits of these projects in 2017 and 2018 to ensure the compliance of the construction phase with:
Applicable Egyptian environmental and labour laws.
IFC Performance Standards.
Mitigation measures included in the ESIA prepared for the project in 2009, as well as the review of this study carried out by Environics in 2012.
The audits entailed:
Reviewing relevant documents.
Conducting site visits to investigate the relevant E&S aspects and management procedures.
Specification of aspects of compliance or non-compliance related to each environmental aspect (air emissions, workplace conditions, management of substances and wastes, management of solid and hazardous wastes, wastewater, permits and approvals).
Investigating the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) system and the workers grievance mechanism.
Investigating the social and community engagement activities carried out by the company in the framework of the KIMA 2 project.
Evaluating and assessing E&S compliance, implementation of mitigation measures and identifying gaps accordingly.
Prepare E&S audit reports, covering assessment, KIMA commitments, existing status, compliance gaps and Environics recommendations for achieving full compliance with environmental and social requirements.