Original disclosure @ AIIB website
Updated in EWS Feb 5, 2023
Disclosed by Bank Dec 21, 2022
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According to the AIIB website:
The objective of the Project is to increase penetration of rooftop solar power generation in rural China and to support rural revitalization in China.
The project is a non-sovereign backed loan facility to Chongho Bridge Management Limited (the "Company") to support its rooftop solar distributed generation business in rural China. The Company aims to reach total installed capacity of 100MW by end of 2023 and 500MW in 2025.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INFORMATION
AIIB's Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) including the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) and Environmental and Social Exclusion List (ESEL) apply to this Project. The Project has been identified as Category B, on the basis that any anticipated E&S risks and impacts will be localized, temporary and can be mitigated through an environmental and social management plan (ESMP). Procedures which are instituted in Chongho Bridge's environmental and social management system (ESMS) will be enhanced to be aligned to AIIB's ESP and include rooftop solar specific E&S considerations. Summary of ESMS both in English and Chinese will be disclosed timely by Chongho Bridge and AIIB in an appropriate manner.
Rooftop solar installation provides a valuable source of renewable energy in rural areas that help to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contribute to China's overall decarbonization journey. The Project's potential environmental impacts include health and safety on the construction of the physical works, operational maintenance of the solar PVs. Labor and working conditions in supply chains management following AIIB interim guidance will be incorporated in Chongho's ESMS. The client has prepared Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for Liao II Project and Tianjin Project and disclosed on its official website Gong Si Dong Tai -Xing Ye Yan Jiu (chongho.net).
Chongho Bridge's rooftop solar business follows the rooftop rental (developer-owned) model, where Chongho Bridge is responsible for developing and maintaining the solar facilities, and rural households rent their rooftops to Chongho Bridge. This approach avoids the land acquisition risk for the proposed Project and will bring social benefits to the rural community. With Chongho Bridge responsible for developing, operating, and maintaining the rooftop solar power stations, rural households can enjoy long-term rental income and livelihood improvement.
Chongho Bridge has been promoting gender leadership internally. The solar business unit is led by a woman CEO and aims to maintain a management team with 50% of woman. Women of the rural households participating the Project activities will be fully consulted to ensure they are aware of the Project's benefit to their households. Chongho Bridge will also promote woman participation in the Project's operating and maintenance activities through a gender inclusive training program. To prevent any Gender-based violence during project construction, the Company included Code of Conduct for Contractor's Workers in the bidding documents, with an emphasis on zero tolerance of gender-based violence.
Labor and Working Conditions.
The ESMS includes requirements to identify and mitigate potential health, safety, social and environmental hazards in all project activities that pose a risk to employees and may also have the potential for disruption of site works. In addition, all suppliers and contractors will be advised of the importance of implementing appropriate management measures to identify and address issues related to the environmental and social provisions of the ESMS for the Project, including labor and working conditions and health and safety matters. Compliance with the ESMS is an essential part of the contract document with suppliers and contractors. This compliance as well as representations and warranties to be provided to the Client by suppliers and contractors will be reflected in relevant agreements and contracts.
Stakeholder Engagement, Consultation, and Information Disclosure.
Chongho has developed corporate level stakeholder engagement plan for solar business benchmark AIIB ESS. Different stakeholders have been fully consulted for Liaoning II Project and Tianjin Project to be supported by Tranche 1 of the AIIB loan. The owners of the residential buildings were engaged on the details of the solar PV installation and their consent via the rooftop lease agreement. The Liaoning II Project and Tianjin Project's ESIA and ESMP has been disclosed on Chongho Bridge's corporate website in both Chinese and English, 30 calendar days in advance of AIIB's financing for approval.
Monitoring and Supervision Arrangements.
During project implementation, AIIB will require submission of relevant E&S documentation and E&S performance monitoring reports from Chongho Bridge in an agreed format. AIIB will conduct post-reviews of the implementation of Project as part of its regular supervision, comprising engagement with the Chongho Bridge, potential site visits and detailed review of the E&S documentation.
Project's Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM).
Chongho Bridge has enhanced its existing GRM for solar PV business. Designated community liaison person will be established at village level at project sites, to timely respond any project related request or grievance. Local people can also make grievance to village head or local government, or to Chongho Bridge via corporate level GRM. The availability for AIIB PPM will be disclosed at the Company's website. The contacts of designated community liaison as well as corporate-level GRM will be disclosed to local communities concerned in a timely and appropriate manner.
Chongho Bridge (https://www.chongho.net/en/) is a comprehensive rural service institution with a focus on serving micro and small businesses in rural areas, which consists of Chongho Bridge Management Limited as well as subsidiary microfinance institutions and rural service enterprises. We aim to provide clients in operating counties with convenient, affordable and reliable services including microcredit, micro-insurance, e-commerce of agricultural inputs, direct procurement of agricultural products and technology training, in order to boost industry development, help farmers increase income and pursue better lives.
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Project Team Leader from the AIIB:
Investment Officer - Financial Institutions & Syndications
Chongho Bridge Management Limited
Senior Financing Manager
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
You can submit an information request for project information at: https://www.aiib.org/en/contact/information-request/index.html
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AIIB
The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM). The PPM provides Òan opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIBÕs failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.Ó Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint. Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply. You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/how-we-assist-you/index.html
The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/submission/index.html