SAPP ESMF Environmental and Social Management Framework

Short Project Title: SAPP ESMF Environmental and Social Management Framework
Project Title: Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)
Project Synopsis:

The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), established in 1995, was the first formal international power pool in Africa. SAPP’s primary aim is to provide a reliable and economical electricity supply to the consumers of each of the sixteen SAPP utilities and Independent Power Producers (IPPs), consistent with the reasonable utilisation of natural resources and effects on the environment, and a stable interconnected electrical system. In 2009, SAPP completed the revision of the Pool Plan, which culminated in a list of priority power projects. A review of the status of project implementation in 2011 found that most of the selected priority power projects needed extra developmental work to bring them to bankability stage. The SAPP Coordination Centre (SAPP-CC) requested financial support from cooperating development partners to secure project preparation funds, resulting in a grant from the World Bank (IDA) to set up a Project Advisory Unit (PAU) that would accelerate the implementation of projects in the region. The objective of the acceleration programme is “to be accountable for the preparation and implementation of selected and agreed priority regional electricity projects in the Southern African Power Pool region”.

One of the first tasks of the SAPP-PAU was to commission technical specialists to assist in preparing an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF). The ESMF will act as a reference manual to assist in the high-level environmental and social screening of projects to strengthen the assessment, mitigation and management of risks and impacts. This tool is particularly relevant where project loans are required from international financial institutions that apply policies, standards and guidelines to safeguard environmental and social sustainability. The intention is that the ESMF will cater for priority power projects of different categories based on the extent and significance of the likely impacts and risks.

The ESMF for the SAPP acceleration programme was prepared in an iterative manner in the following three phases: phase 1 involving the preparation of an inception report and initial consultation in a workshop with the SAPP Environmental Sub-Committee (ESC); phase 2 involving the development of ESMF and Terms of Reference (TOR) following consultations with SAPP stakeholders, including member utilities, relevant government institutions and international financial institutions; and phase 3 involving the disclosure of the draft EMF to the SAPP stakeholders and its finalisation. During the development of the ESMF all relevant SAPP structures were consulted. Between June and October 2016 various stakeholder consultations are being conducted via workshops, site visits, focus group meetings, face-to-face, telephonic interviews and public hearings.

This ESMF is intended to benefit SAPP priority power projects through pre-feasibility, feasibility, planning and design studies initiated by member utilities. It will therefore largely be guided by the various national, regional and international environmental and social regulatory frameworks. Project proponents will also need to take account of the environmental and social safeguard policies, standards and guidelines of international financial institutions when seeking funding.

During implementation, the ESMF will assist project proponents to identify, assess and manage the environmental and social risks and impacts of the priority power projects. It will aid the SAPP utilities in aligning the development cycle of projects with environmental and social assessment procedures to ensure that: (1) there is early engagement between project planners and compliance staff responsible for environmental and social management, and (2) the requirements of relevant financial institutions are identified prior to commencing an environmental and social assessment. This approach will ensure that the material risks and impacts are identified at the planning stages of the project development cycle thus ensuring that environmental and social feasibility studies are appropriately scoped.

The ESMF provides the following: a baseline context for the SAPP region; an overview of regulatory frameworks; a methodology to identify, categorise and rate risks and impacts; procedures for environmental and social impact assessment and arrangements; and cost estimates for implementing the ESMF. The ESMF also includes a suite of tools to guide SAPP utilities through the environmental and social screening, scoping, assessment, management planning and monitoring processes. These tools take the form of checklists, lists of national, regional and international environmental and social requirements, as well as examples of TORs and management plans, amongst others (see Appendices).

At regional level, SAPP will provide guidance and technical support for the implementation of the ESMF, principally through the SAPP-PAU. The on-the-ground implementation of the ESMF will be the responsibility of the SAPP utilities and IPPs that have departments, units and staff tasked with the planning, screening, scoping and assessment of proposed projects, who will be the main users of the ESMF. Given that the member utilities and IPPs are also represented on the SAPP-ESC, they will report back on the application of the ESMF. The SAPP-ESC representatives will also liaise with the relevant in-country government institutions and environmental regulators to ensure that there is alignment when screening and scoping of priority power projects.

To ensure effective implementation of the ESMF, the SAPP-PAU will have to play a key co-ordination role and there is a need for capacity building and training amongst the planning, financial, environmental and social personnel of SAPP utilities regarding the mainstreaming of project planning and funder safeguard requirements. In order to align in-country and international ESIA requirements, capacity building will be necessary for relevant government institutions, including environmental agencies responsible for reviewing and approving ESIAs.

Official Reference number: N/A
SRK Project Reference Number: 499745
Project Location: Southern Africa
Status of the project:

The draft Environmental and Social Management Framework for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) was released for stakeholder disclosure on 17 October 2016.

The draft SAPP ESMF Report (including associated appendices) can be downloaded via the link below.

SRK Project Manager: Warrick Stewart
Contact Email:
Contact Number: +27 (11) 441 11111



 Document  File Size  Date  Status  
499745 SAPP ESMF - Draft ESMF Report (External draft for disclosure)  - 14102016 - Excluding Appendix E maps 4 980 KB Oct 2016   Active
499745 SAPP ESMF - Draft ESMF Report (External draft for disclosure) - 14102016 - Appendix E maps 7 424 KB Oct 2016   Active


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