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Welcoming Peter Easton, Water Risk & Sustainability Advisor

Peter Easton LI imagePrizma’s collaborative network has been strengthened through Peter Easton, who brings 25 years of international water & environment expertise as both consultant and in operations. His background includes Water Resources Manager for Coca-Cola Europe, and Water & Environment Director at consultancy Zenith International.

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IFC Performance Standards and ESMS Training for InterEnergy Holdings

In early May 2015, Prizma had the opportunity to deliver a tailored 2-day training course to representatives from several of InterEnergy Holdings’ portfolio companies. These ranged from energy generation, transmission and distribution in the Dominican Republic, some of which were co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to InterEnergy’s Laudato Si wind park in Penonomé, Panama. The Laudato Si wind park is the largest wind development in Central America and was co-financed ($300 million) by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prizma supported InterEnergy with environmental and social aspects of the Penonomé wind farm development. - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Lb Read More

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

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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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

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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Wind Power Challenges and Solutions – Seminar hosted by IDB

As a consultant currently contributing to the development of a wind farm project in Panama, and previously serving as an environmental specialist at the European Bank in London, I took the opportunity to attend a recent seminar on Wind Power Challenges and Solutions. The seminar was hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. The meeting provided valuable insights into lessons learned, and emerging environmental expectations of financiers of wind projects in emerging markets. (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Gu)

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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.

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Welcoming Petrus Gildenhuys

Petrus in blue photoPetrus Gildenhuys, formerly with ERM and PwC, has joined Prizma's networked and outcome oriented consulting practice as a Senior Sustainability Reporting and Assurance Advisor. Petrus has already been contributing to several of Prizma's recent projects. These include an independent assurance engagement for a GRI-G4 sustainability reporter in the mining sector, and assisting the World Bank with a sustainability reporting review panel.    http://wp.me/p27qSt-EW

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Assisting InterEnergy with ESMS Development

Prizma was recently engaged by InterEnergy Holdings to support its development of a corporate-level Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) aligned with the IFC Performance Standards. Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-DV

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