Technical Revision of the World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines
In February 2013, the World Bank Group began a three-year process to review and update its Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines.
The EHS Guidelines are technical reference documents with general and industry-specific examples of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). They contain the performance levels and measures that are normally acceptable to the World Bank Group, and that are generally considered to be achievable in new facilities at reasonable costs by existing technology. They are used by the World Bank, IFC and MIGA.
February 2013 - June 2014: Phase I of the EHS Guidelines technical revision (General EHS Guidelines, Annual Crop Production, Plantation Crop Production, Vegetable Oil Processing, Petroleum Refining, Offshore Oil and Gas Development, Wind Energy). The first Phase I consultation took place from February 19, 2013 to March 22, 2013. The second consultation on the revised EHS Guidelines draft will be launched in 2014. Tentative date for the Phase I EHS Guidelines finalization is June 2014.
October 2013 - December 2014: Phase II of the EHS Guidelines technical revision (Food and Beverage; Sugar Manufacturing; Forest Harvesting Products; Pulp and Paper Mills; Cement and Lime Manufacturing; Glass Manufacturing; Integrated Steel Mills; Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Terminals; Ports, Harbors and Terminals; Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facilities; Onshore Oil and Gas Development; Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; and Thermal Power). The Phase II first consultation took place in October/November 2013.
As shown above, for each of the Phases of the EHS Guidelines Revision, the WBG is soliciting your feedback through two 30-day public consultations.
First consultation: a 30-calendar day electronic comment period to gather comments from stakeholders on the 2007 version EHS Guidelines ("listening consultation").
Second consultation: a 30-calendar day electronic comment period to gather comments from stakeholders on the draft revised guidelines.
During Phase I, the following EHS Guidelines will be updated: