BPI recognizes the importance of incorporating environmental and social protections and mitigations to avoid issues as early as possible for project planning and design stages. An environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Central Java CFPP 2 x 1,000 MW has been conducted by an independent third-party from since 2013, and revised through mid 2016. The objective of the ESIA was to assess any potential environmental or social impacts of the project activities and implement proper control measures and management plans to mitigate those risks and impacts.
The ESIA is an extension of the Environmental Impact Assessment (AMDAL), and demonstrates compliance of the project planning and design phases to the Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards, IFC EHS Guidelines, and the JBIC guidelines.
The ESIA followed the below main steps, while details on each step can be found by downloading the ESIA report.
Environmental and social baseline data was collected for: Air quality, noise, groundwater and surface water, hydrology and hydro oceanography, topographical survey, soil investigation, flora and fauna, social and socio-economic profile.
Anticipated environmental and social impacts during the development and operational stages of the project were identified and evaluated. Mitigation measures were also described for the potential impacts identified.
As part of identifying risks and determining options for mitigating potential impacts to local communities, the ESIA describes the assessment of potential impacts to residents of surrounding areas in terms of livelihood and displacement. While potential impacts to some community members, such as fishermen and farmers, were identified, affected households did not reside on the land acquired for the Project.
Noting the importance of engaging with surrounding communities, the ESIA summarizes BPIs community engagement activities through public hearings, open discussions, focus group discussions, dialogue or other ways appropriate to local conditions by which stakeholders were communicated with the project and its potential impacts. In addition, contact details and grievance mechanisms were noted as part of the engagement process.