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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.

 

Following the 2012 update of IFC's Policy and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, it has been decided to update the 2007 EHS Guidelines.

 

The technical revision of the EHS Guidelines is expected to last three years and will be done in four phases. Each phase will consist of a "batch" of EHS Guidelines to be updated concurrently.

 

For each phase of updating the guidelines, the following revision process is envisioned:

 

Round-One: Consultation on Existing Guidelines; Incorporate Public Comments; Round-Two: Consultation on Revised Guideline Draft; Final version prepared, translated and disseminated

 

Key dates:

 

  • February 2013: Launch of the EHS Guidelines Technical Revision process website (www.ifc.org/EHSGuidelinesRevision), approach paper and consultation.
  • 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.

 


 

 

Provide input:

 

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:

 

Note: Please click on the date shown in the Second Consultation column to view the draft revised guideline, summary of comments received and the 2007 version of the guideline.

 

Phase Sector EHS Guideline First consultation Second consultation
I & II General EHS Guidelines February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet
I Agribusiness Annual Crop Production February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet
1 Agribusiness Plantation Crop Production February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet
I Agribusiness Vegetable Oil Processing February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 April 8, 2014 - May 8, 2014
I Chemicals Petroleum Refining February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet
I Oil and Gas Offshore Oil and Gas Development February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 April 28, 2014 - May 28, 2014
I Power Wind Energy February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet
 
II Agribusiness Food and Beverage October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Agribusiness Sugar Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Forestry Forest Harvesting Operations October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Forestry Pulp and Paper Mills October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II General Manufacturing Cement and Lime Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II General Manufacturing Glass Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II General Manufacturing Integrated Steel Mills October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Infrastructure Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Terminals October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Infrastructure Ports, Harbors, and Terminals October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Oil and Gas Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facilities October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Oil and Gas Onshore Oil and Gas Development October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Power Electric Power Transmission and Distribution October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet
II Power Thermal Power October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet

 

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