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Atacama Solar PV Chile

Prizma selected for E&S Review of Atacama Solar Project

Prizma was recently engaged to conduct a high level environmental and social review of a solar PV project located in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Project consists of the construction of a phased and large scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to generate electricity and supply it to Chile’s national grid system. The Project is located in the Atacama Desert and involves a total installed capacity of up to 250 MW. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-KA  Read More

Penenome Wind Farm Panama

Prizma Sponsoring IAIA15 Conference in Florence

As an environmental and sustainability practitioner involved in developments financed by multilateral financial institutions and Equator Banks (see examples below), I value the opportunity to network with and learn from my professional peers. Several of my team members and I are members of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment. Also, my former colleagues from the European Bank  will be collecting an IAIA award. So it seems only appropriate for Prizma to be sponsoring IAIA’s 35th Annual Conference themed Impact Assessment in the Digital Era. IAIA15 will be held from 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the event.  You can download the final conference program here.   -  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Ka

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ICSID Case Load Statistics 2014

Oil, Gas and Mining Lead ICSID Arbitration Case Load

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) recently published its case load statistics. The oil, gas and mining sector registered the highest case load (26%), including one to which Prizma contributed, followed by electric power and other energy (14%). The geographical distribution of all ICSID cases places South America on the top spot (26% of cases), followed closely by Eastern Europe and Central Asia (25%).    Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-K3

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EBRD to receive IAIA’s 2015 Corporate Initiative Award

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) wins the IAIA 2015 Corporate Initiative Award for its work on the recently updated Environmental and Sustainability Policy which became effective in November 2014.  Congratulations to my former colleagues. - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-JC Read More

Prizma Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Mehrdad Nazari webTen years ago, Mehrdad Nazari, a former environmental and sustainability specialist at the European Bank, set up Prizma as a boutique ESIA and sustainability advisory practice. We provide environmental and social consulting services to developers and investors in order to make their projects more bankable, credible and sustainable. During Prizma's first decade, our journey has taken us from gold mining in Central Asia to wind farming in Central America. Our engagements have benefited junior mining companies to multilateral financial institutions. And our network spans the world. We invite you to download our newsletter: Prizma_10 Years in Business.  http://wp.me/p27qSt-HQ

Penenome Wind Farm Panama

IFC Closes $300 MM Financing for Largest Wind Farm in Central America

IFC announced that it completed a $300 million financing package for the construction of Laudato Si wind park (formerly known as Phase II and Phase III of the Penonome wind power plant), the largest wind farm in Central America. Check out the awesome time-lapse clip showing transport of WTGs from China to Panama and erection at the site.  [Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-HE]
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In Which countries does EPIII Apply

How about Canadian Equator Banks and Transparency?

Having read Olaf Weber’s publication titled, “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” as well as Mehrdad’s review and comments on it (Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure ), I have been prompted to submit a few observations of my own based on a survey I carried out on Canadian EPFIs last year.

Blog by Bill Kennedy -  shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-He

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Penenome Wind Farm Panama

E&S Guidelines for Wind Projects in Emerging Markets

The scale of wind farm developments in emerging markets and associated risks often necessitate co-financing by bilateral or export credit agencies, development and multilateral financial institutions, and Equator Banks. The key environmental and social guidelines (and good practice notes) for wind projects these financial institutions - and their independent engineers - use to benchmark environmental and social risks, and define monitoring and mitigation requirements are listed in this blog entry.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-GC

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Equator Principles (EPIII) Implementation Note

Complexity of Equator PrinciplesShortly after Mizuho Bank took over as the first Asian chair of the Equator Principles Association, the EP Association published the Equator Principles Implementation Note. It provides a valuable reference for Equator Banks and practitioners, such ESIA consultants, Independent Engineers, expert witnesses in international arbitration, and assurance providers. It also highlights the new complexities of the expanded - but qualified - scope of EPIII, and associated reporting requirements.

http://wp.me/p27qSt-FV

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Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure

Equator Principles Reporting Do Financial Institutions meet their GoalsAs a practitioner involved in bankable ESIAs, and supporting developers and financial advisors/institutions for projects ranging from wind farms to mining, I follow the developments around the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles closely. This is why Olaf Weber’s publication “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” caught my eye. -- Link: http://wp.me/p27qSt-FG

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