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Technical Revision of the World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety 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.

 

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

 


 

 

Provide input:

 

As shown above, the WBG is soliciting your feedback through two 30-day public consultations for each of the EHS Guidelines being revised.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

Sector EHS Guideline First consultation Second consultation Link to new EHS Guideline
General EHS Guidelines February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 Not started yet  
Agribusiness Annual Crop Production February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 February 1, 2016 - March 2, 2016 New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Agribusiness Plantation Crop Production February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 March 18, 2015 - April 17, 2015 New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Agribusiness Vegetable Oil Processing February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 April 8, 2014 - May 8, 2014 New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Chemicals Petroleum Refining February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 March 30, 2016 - April 30, 2016  New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Oil and Gas Offshore Oil and Gas Development February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 April 28, 2014 - May 28, 2014 New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Power Wind Energy February 19, 2013 - March 22, 2013 February 20 - March 23, 2015 New EHS Guideline available at www.ifc.org/ehsguidelines
Agribusiness Sugar Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Forestry Forest Harvesting Operations October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Forestry Pulp and Paper Mills October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
General Manufacturing Cement and Lime Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
General Manufacturing Glass Manufacturing October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Infrastructure Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Terminals October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Infrastructure Ports, Harbors, and Terminals October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 August 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016  
Oil and Gas Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facilities October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Oil and Gas Onshore Oil and Gas Development October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Power Electric Power Transmission and Distribution October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Power Thermal Power October 15, 2013 - November 15, 2013 Not started yet  
Mining Mining Not started yet Not started yet  
Infrastructure Water and Sanitation Not started yet Not started yet  

 

To be notified when consultations start and to receive regular email updates, please sign up here.

 

Once finalized, revised versions of the EHS Guidelines are published on the EHS Guidelines website. Outdated versions of the EHS Guidelines are provided for reference only here.

 

 

 

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