- E & S
- ACADEMIC CORNER
As highlighted in previous GET FiT Annual Reports, the capacity of developers to manage environmental and social risks, including health and safety, has been lower than expected. Weak capacity was reflected in the low environmental and social scores during appraisals of applications for the GET FiT premium payment mechanism.1 An anonymous survey among developers in 2015 also confirmed that few of the developers had experience from implementing projects in line with the IFC performance standards prior to GET FiT.2
Consequently, GET FiT has spent considerable time advising developers on E&S issues. Support from GET FiT also included environmental and social workshops for small hydropower, biomass and solar developers and their consultants in June 2014 and October 2015. In 2016, developers continued to express a high demand for GET FiT engagement on management of environmental and social risks. Additional resources have been provided by KfW, and GET FiT in cooperation with ERA continued to support developers in this respect.
With more projects moving into construction, much of the follow-up in 2016 was in the form of supervision visits to construction sites. The GET FiT Implementation Consultant carries out a semi-annual one-day supervision visit to each project under construction to monitor and advise on environmental and social as well as technical issues. Action points are identified in each supervision visit. One of the projects with particularly weak environmental and social management systems is visited quarterly. The supervision visits continue to prove useful and a necessary part of managing environmental and social risks. A total of 18 project supervision visits to ten projects were made in 2016.
1 For more information, see Figure 7 on page 37 in the GET FiT Annual Report 2015.
2 For more information, see text box on page 38 in the GET FiT Annual Report 2015.