As a follow up to the Country Environment Analysis completed in June 2011, the Ministry of Environment and the World Bank have initiated the development of “Lebanon Environmental Pollution Abatement Project (LEPAP)” which aims at reducing pollution generated by point-source/industrial entities, mainly from effluent discharge and air emissions.
LEPAP will be providing technical assistance and financial incentives, through selected commercial banks, to public and private enterprises to bring their effluent discharges or their air emissions towards compliance with the Environment Protection Law 444. This program will support enterprises to meet national environmental standards in a cost effective manner, including Decree No. 8471/2012 on
“Environmental Compliance for Establishments”. The sub-projects financed under LEPAP could include pollution prevention, resource recovery, clean technology adoption, fuel substitution, waste minimization, or end of pipe environmental control where no other alternatives are available.
The Project Management Unit (PMU), which is funded under AICS grant (Italian Cooperation) that is partly managed by UNDP, will be responsible for the technical and day-to-day management of the project, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and UNDP. The PMU will tap enterprises willing to comply with Decree No. 8471/2012 and will provide technical support and financial advice to enroll them in LEPAP. The PMU will ensure that the project produces the results specified in the World Bank project appraisal document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.
To improve the pollution abatement technical capabilities of the PMU, a Wastewater Expert (referred to as “Consultant”) will be recruited to support the LEPAP project and to respond to the various technical requirements related to the cost of the industrial pollution abatement interventions.