Seven years after joining the EBRD’s Green Cities programme, is Yerevan’s green future going up in flames?
June 2, 2023
In May 2023, a massive fire broke out at the Nubarashen landfill on the outskirts of Yerevan, enveloping the city in a cloud of toxic smoke generated by the burning waste. It took 10 days and 2,300 truckloads of soil to extinguish the flames. Coming seven years after Yerevan became a pioneer by joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)’s Green Cities initiative, this incident is a stark reminder of the urgent need to adopt a safer and more sustainable approach to waste management and urban planning.
Implementation of Yerevan’s Green City Action Plan
June 2, 2023
This report assesses the extent to which the actions, targets and objectives set out in Yerevan’s GCAP have been implemented and how this has affected the city’s environmental conditions.
Checking in on Waste Management Projects in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
December 27, 2022
The EBRD is facilitating the introduction of green technologies, waste recovery and recycling systems in both countries, but more …
Public Participation, the Achilles Heel of International Investments in Uzbekistan
December 15, 2022
People living in the settlements adjacent to landfills slated for expansion under an EBRD project were not adequately consulted.
Position Paper on the Serbia Solid Waste National Programme
December 15, 2021
This position paper, prepared by the CEE Bankwatch Network and based on research conducted by Springloop Cooperative, U.A. and Bankwatch member group CEKOR, Serbia, expresses concern about the Serbia Solid Waste National Programme, a multi-site EUR 150 million project co-financed 50:50 by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the French Development Agency. The paper discusses the various risks associated with approving the project without first ensuring that detailed social and environmental assessments are carried out, and it calls on the Bank to condition the project on guarantees that the rights and livelihoods of the most vulnerable and marginalized affected people will be protected.
‘Needle under a blanket’ at Belgrade waste project
January 18, 2021
Superficial cover up by the EBRD’s accountability mechanism of problems at Belgrade Solid Waste public-private partnership is followed by new request for problem solving.
Deponie mit giftigem Arsen neben einem Wohngebiet: eine Schweizer Firma bezieht Kupfer von einer umstrittenen Schmelzerei
October 26, 2020
Die Schweizer IXM S.A. lässt bulgarisches Kupfer mit hohem Arsengehalt in einem Schmelzwerk in Namibia verarbeiten und nimmt diesem die ganze Produktion auch wieder ab. Das giftige Arsen wird gemäss Berichten in Zuckersäcken in einer Freiluft-Deponie am Rand einer Kleinstadt gelagert.
Иницијатива против спалионице у Винчи
October 12, 2020
Source: Иницијатива против спалионице у Винчи
Groundhog day: Third public consultation for Belgrade incinerator environmental studies and still no circular economy in sight
October 1, 2020
Construction of Belgrade’s Vinča incinerator officially started last year, so why have Serbian authorities opened a new public consultation on an updated environmental study? Annulling all previous approvals immediately is the only way to give this process any integrity.
Déchets publics, profits privés
March 5, 2020
Depuis une cinquantaine d’années, une des plus grandes décharges à ciel ouvert d’Europe empoisonne les sols et l’air de la banlieue de Belgrade. En septembre 2019, Suez, géant français de la gestion des déchets et de l’eau, a conclu un très gros contra