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Categories A, B and C

List of A, B and C projects

This page is based on Annex 1 of the Bank's Sustainability Policy and Guidelines.

The following list will serve as a guide to typical category A, category B and category C projects. It is not feasible to provide exact and detailed guidelines covering all possible types of projects. The following list is only a selection of examples of projects. For example, a minor rebuild of an existing paper mill does not necessarily require a full Environmental Impact Assessment according to category A requirements. It would likely suffice to make an Environmental Assessment on the rebuild. A project may be reclassified if significant environmental concerns are identified during the review period or if the environmental concerns prove to be less serious than first anticipated.

Category A

1. Crude-oil refineries (excluding undertakings manufacturing only lubricants from crude oil) and installations for the gasification and liquefaction of 500 tonnes or more of coal or bituminous shale per day.

2. Thermal power stations and other combustion installations with a heat output of 300 megawatts or more, and nuclear power stations and other nuclear reactors including the dismantling or decommissioning of such power stations or reactors (except research installations for the production and conversion of fissionable and fertile materials, whose maximum power does not exceed 1 kilowatt continuous thermal load).

3. Installations designed for the production or enrichment of nuclear fuels, the reprocessing, storage or final disposal of irradiated nuclear fuels, or for the storage, disposal or processing of radioactive waste.

4. Manufacturing of metals like:

a) Integrated works for the initial smelting of cast-iron and steel;

b) Installations for the production of non-ferrous crude metals from ore, concentrates or secondary raw materials by metallurgical, chemical or electrolytic processes.

5. Chemical installations, i.e. those installations for the manufacture on an industrial scale of substances using chemical conversion processes.

6. Infrastructure projects like:

a) Construction of lines for long-distance railway traffic

b) Construction of airports with a basic runway length of 2,100 m or more;

c) Construction of motorways and express roads or new road of four or more lanes, or realignment and/or widening of an existing road of two lanes or less so as to provide four or more lanes, where such new road, or realigned and/or widened section of road would be 10 km or more in a continuous length.

d) Inland waterways and ports for inland-waterway traffic which permit the passage of vessels of over 1,350 tonnes;

e) Trading ports, piers for loading and unloading connected to land and outside ports (excluding ferry piers) which can take vessels of over 1,350 tonnes.

7. Processing and disposal installations for the incineration, chemical treatment or landfill of hazardous waste.

8. Waste disposal installations for the incineration or chemical treatment of non-hazardous waste with a capacity exceeding 100 tonnes per day.

9. Groundwater abstraction or artificial groundwater recharge schemes where the annual volume of water abstracted or recharged is equivalent to or exceeds 10 million cubic metres.

10. Transfer of water like:

a) Works for the transfer of water resources between river basins where this transfer aims at preventing possible shortages of water and where the amount of water transferred exceeds 100 million cubic metres/year;

b) In all other cases, works for the transfer of water resources between river basins where the multi-annual average flow of the basin of abstraction exceeds 2,000 million cubic metres/year and where the amount of water transferred exceeds 5% of this flow. In both cases transfers of piped drinking water are excluded.

11. Wastewater treatment plants with a capacity exceeding 150,000 population equivalent.

12. Extraction of petroleum and natural gas for commercial purposes.

13. Dams and other installations designed for the holding back or permanent storage of water, where a new or additional amount of water held back or stored exceeds 10 million cubic metres.

14. Pipelines with a diameter of more than 800 mm and a length of more than 40 km:

a) for the transport of gas, oil, chemicals, and,

b) for the transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) streams for the purposes of geological storage, including associated booster stations.

15. Installations for the intensive rearing of poultry or pigs with more than:

a) 85,000 places for broilers, 60,000 places for hens;

b) 3,000 places for production pigs (over 30 kg); or

c) 900 places for sows.

16. Industrial plants for the

a) production of pulp from timber or similar fibrous materials;

b) production of paper and board with a production capacity exceeding 200 tonnes per day.

17. Quarries and open-cast mining where the surface of the site exceeds 25 hectares, or peat extraction, where the surface of the site exceeds 150 hectares.

18. Construction of overhead electrical power lines with a voltage of 220 kV or more and a length of more than 15 km.

19. Installations for storage of petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical products with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes or more.

20. Large-scale logging.

21. Large-scale tourism and retail development.

22. Large-scale land reclamation.

23. Large-scale primary agriculture/silviculture involving the intensification or conversion of natural habitats.

24. Plants for the tanning of hides and skins where the treatment capacity exceeds 12 tonnes of finished products per day.

25. Projects which are planned to be carried out in sensitive locations or are likely to have a perceptible impact on such locations, even if the project category does not appear in this list. Such sensitive locations include national parks and other protected areas identified by national or international law, and other sensitive locations of international, national or regional importance, such as wetlands, forests with high biodiversity value, areas of archaeological or cultural significance, and areas of importance for indigenous peoples or other vulnerable groups.

26. Projects involving the involuntary resettlement of a significant number of affected people.

27. Storage sites pursuant to EU Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the geological storage of carbon dioxide.

28. Installations for the capture of CO2 streams for the purposes of geological storage pursuant to Directive 2009/31/EC from installations covered by this list of Category A projects, or where the total yearly capture of CO2 is 1.5 megatonnes or more.

29. Any change to or extension of projects listed in Category A where such a change or extension in itself meets the thresholds, if any, set out in Category A list of projects.

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Category B

1. Agriculture, silviculture and aquaculture:

a) Projects for the restructuring of rural land holdings;

b) Projects for the use of uncultivated land or semi-natural areas for intensive agricultural purposes;

c) Water management projects for agriculture, including irrigation and land drainage projects;

d) Initial afforestation and deforestation for the purposes of conversion to another type of land use;

e) Intensive livestock installations (projects not included in Category A list);

f) Intensive fish farming;

g) Reclamation of land from the sea.

2. Extractive industry:

a) Quarries, open-cast mining and peat extraction (projects not included in Category A list);

b) Underground mining;

c) Extraction of minerals by marine or fluvial dredging;

d) Deep drillings, in particular:

— geothermal drilling,

— drilling for the storage of nuclear waste material,

— drilling for water supplies, with the exception of drillings for investigating the stability of the soil;

e) Surface industrial installations for the extraction of ores.

3. Energy industry:

a) Industrial installations for the production of electricity, steam and hot water (projects not included in Category A list);

b) Industrial installations for carrying gas, steam and hot water; transmission of electrical energy by overhead cables (projects not included in Category A list);

c) Surface storage of natural gas;

d) Underground storage of combustible gases;

e) Surface storage of fossil fuels;

f) Industrial briquetting of coal and lignite;

g) Installations for hydroelectric energy production;

h) Installations for the harnessing of wind power for energy production (wind farms);

i) Installations for the capture of CO2 streams for the purposes of geological storage (projects not included in Category A list 1).

4. Production and processing of metals:

a) Installations for the production of pig iron or steel (primary or secondary fusion) including continuous casting;

b) Installations for the processing of ferrous metals:

i) hot-rolling mills;

ii) smitheries with hammers;

iii) application of protective fused metal coats;

c) Ferrous metal foundries;

d) Installations for the smelting, including the alloyage, of non-ferrous metals, excluding precious metals, including recovered products (refining, foundry casting, etc.);

e) Installations for surface treatment of metals and plastic materials using an electrolytic or chemical process;

f) Manufacture and assembly of motor vehicles and manufacture of motorvehicle engines;

g) Shipyards;

h) Installations for the construction and repair of aircraft;

i) Manufacture of railway equipment;

j) Swaging by explosives;

k) Installations for the roasting and sintering of metallic ores.

5. Mineral industry:

a) Coke ovens (dry coal distillation);

b) Installations for the manufacture of cement;

c) Installations for the manufacture of glass including glass fibre;

d) Installations for smelting mineral substances including the production of mineral fibres;

e) Manufacture of ceramic products by burning, in particular roofing tiles, bricks, refractory bricks, tiles, stoneware or porcelain.

6. Chemical industry (Projects not included in Category A list):

a) Treatment of intermediate products and production of chemicals;

b) Production of pesticides and pharmaceutical products, paint and varnishes, elastomers and peroxides;

c) Storage facilities for petroleum, petrochemical and chemical products.

7. Food industry:

a) Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats;

b) Packing and canning of animal and vegetable products;

c) Manufacture of dairy products;

d) Brewing and malting;

e) Confectionery and syrup manufacture;

f) Installations for the slaughter of animals;

g) Industrial starch manufacturing installations;

h) Fish-meal and fish-oil factories;

i) Sugar factories.

8. Textile, leather, wood and paper industries:

a) Industrial plants for the production of paper and board (projects not included in Category A list);

b) Plants for the pretreatment (operations such as washing, bleaching, mercerisation) or dyeing of fibres or textiles;

c) Plants for the tanning of hides and skins;

d) Cellulose-processing and production installations.

9. Rubber industry, manufacture and treatment of elastomer-based products.

10. Infrastructure projects

a) Industrial estate development projects;

b) Urban development projects, including the construction of shopping centres and car parks;

c) Construction of railways and intermodal transshipment facilities, and of intermodal terminals (projects not included in Category A list);

d) Construction of airfields (projects not included in Category A list);

e) Construction of roads, harbours and port installations, including fishing harbours (projects not included in Category A list);

f) Inland-waterway construction not included in Category A list, canalisation and flood-relief works;

g) Dams and other installations designed to hold water or store it on a long-term basis (projects not included in Category A list);

h) Tramways, elevated and underground railways, suspended lines or similar lines of a particular type, used exclusively or mainly for passenger transport;

i) Oil and gas pipeline installations and pipelines for the transport of CO2 streams for the purposes of geological storage (projects not included in Category A list);

j) Installations of long-distance aqueducts;

k) Coastal work to combat erosion and maritime works capable of altering the coast through the construction, for example, of dykes, moles, jetties and other sea defence works, excluding the maintenance and reconstruction of such works;

l) Groundwater abstraction and artificial groundwater recharge schemes not included in Category A list;

m) Works for the transfer of water resources between river basins not included in Category A list.

11. Other projects:

a) Permanent racing and test tracks for motorised vehicles;

b) Installations for the disposal of waste (projects not included in Category A list);

c) Waste-water treatment plants (projects not included in Category A list);

d) Sludge-deposition sites;

e) Storage of scrap iron, including scrap vehicles;

f) Test benches for engines, turbines or reactors;

g) Installations for the manufacture of artificial mineral fibres;

h) Installations for the recovery or destruction of explosive substances;

i) Knackers' yards.

12. Tourism and leisure:

a) Ski-runs, ski-lifts and cable-cars and associated developments;

b) Marinas;

c) Holiday villages and hotel complexes outside urban areas and associated developments;

d) Permanent camp sites and caravan sites;

e) Theme parks.

13. Any change or extension of projects listed in the Category A list or Category B list, already authorised, executed or in the process of being executed, which may have significant adverse effects on the environment (change or extension not included in Category A list); Projects in Category A list, undertaken exclusively or mainly for the development and testing of new methods or products and not used for more than two years.

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Category C

Projects with a small or insignificant potential environmental impact do not require an Environmental Assessment. Projects in this category will be categorised as C. Examples of projects in this category are:

- Small modifications in light industry

- Replacement and modernisation of industrial machines

- Repair and renovation of buildings and industrial plants

- Other small-scale projects with no apparent environmental impact.

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