Good project – bad implementation: MHP biogas
Briefing | 2 November 2017
The project MHP Biogas is currently under consideration for approval by the EBRD Board of Directors. The project covers the construction of the greenfield 10 MW biogas plant in Vinnitsa region of Ukraine. The biogas plant is sought to help solve the problem with utilisation of waste produced by existing poultry facilities.
However, there are several reservations that make the project unacceptable in the form it has been proposed:
- the location has been selected without proper assessment and public disclosure of the baseline air quality and without undertaking and publicly disclosing an evaluation of cumulative impacts from existing and planned infrastructure;
- the social environment in the community is hostile and does not allow the public voices to be expressed and heard to make the public hearings and decision-making meaningful.