Elizabeth van Zyl
+44 (0)787 0988 178
Profession / Affiliation
Environmental and social impact assessment and due-diligence professional. Full member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (MIEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist (C.Env) with the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).
Partner of Citrus Partners LLP, a strategic environmental and social consultancy
Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
Making informed decisions on transactions by identifying environmental and social risks and benefits at an early stage and encouraging clients to adopt approaches which reduce these risks and deliver benefits.
Elizabeth is a Partner of Citrus Partners LLP with over 18 years experience providing social and environmental expert advice to, natural resources, transportation, industrial, construction, energy, transaction, stakeholder engagement and policy projects.
Elizabeth is a very experienced ESIA practitioner, establishing ESIA strategy and managing E&S delivery teams for ESIA programmes for major projects internationally, including in East Africa and Europe, and retrospective ESIA’s for projects/clients seeking finance.
Elizabeth delivers due-diligence and compliance focused fast-track assignments for both private clients and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), reviewing social and environmental performance of companies and of projects against international standards, including IFC Performance Standards, EBRD Performance Requirements and Equator Principles III, and establishing operational corrective action plans to deal with operational and compliance risks.
Elizabeth specifically provides advisory support on social risks associated with labour & working conditions, code of conduct, grievance management, community safety, health & security, involuntary resettlement & land acquisition and stakeholder engagement & community relations. This has included working in the field with project teams to deal with challenging issues, establishing solutions and providing support on the practical implementation of solutions.
Elizabeth has worked in developed, middle-income and developing countries spanning the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
Academic Qualifications: M.Eng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Management (First Class), University of Birmingham.
Example Project Experience includes:
ESIA Programme Advisor for Major Oil & Gas Development Project (Northern Kenya)
Environmental & Social Due Diligence Training for Financial Intermediaries (EBRD)
Major Nickel Project & Infrastructure Development: ESIA, Land Acquisition & Resettlement and Stakeholder Engagement Project Manager (Tanzania & Kenya)
EHSS Due Diligence for Thermoplastics Manufacturer (Egypt & Turkey)
Nimba Iron Stakeholder Engagement Programme Advisor (Guinea & Liberia)
Environmental & Social Due-Diligence for Roads Projects in FYR Macedonia, Montenegro & Bosnia in Herzegovina (EBRD)
M6/M60 Szeszard-Sec Hungary PPP Motorway Concession Contract: LESC (Environmental & Social Auditor) for Independent Engineers team
ESIA for the Harena Gold Deposit on behalf of Bisha Mining Share Company, Eritrea
UK Nuclear New Build Programme: Proposed Nuclear Development (2 Nuclear Reactors) – ESIA & Community Safety Advisor to Local Authorities
Environmental Impact Assessment Manager of a major European airport expansion project for a proposed third runway
Peer Reviewer of ‘Review of Prevailing Visions of Sustainable Development Internationally’ for Sustainable Development Commission
Review Panel for DMRB Volume 11 Guidance for the Highways Agency – ‘People and Communities’ (Highways Agency)
EIA & Environmental Design Manager for M1 Improvements (Widening) Junctions 21 to 31 Environmental Services: UK
Investing in the ESIA and Stakeholder Engagement Process to improve Project Bankability
Elizabeth van Zyl : Citrus Partners LLP
Abstract Twenty years ago, engagement with communities affected by projects was limited, even non-existent in some parts of the world. To-day, Project Sponsors invest in stakeholder engagement programmes with affected communities and stakeholders with varying degrees of ef-fort and success.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) and stakeholder engagement programmes are a regulatory requirement for many devel-opment projects and a condition of the majority of project financiers who require the Project Sponsor to comply with international environ-mental and social standards. These can be referred to as “soft laws” or “performance benchmarks”, and include the Equator Principles, IFC’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework and EBRD’s Environ-mental and Social Policy.
Compliance with regulatory and international standards should not be the only driver for undertaking ESIA and stakeholder programmes. Such activities can broadly reduce and control environmental and social pro-ject risks and, in turn, improve project bankability. Environmental and social risks and impacts can result in delay, cost increase and affect the Project Sponsor’s ability to repay existing project finance and access fur-ther capital at a reasonable cost. Many Project Sponsors,however, re-main unconvinced.
This chapter demonstrates that ESIA and stakeholder engagement are not just about compliance with regulations and international standards but an essential part of Project risk management. Drawing on practical experience, it gives examples of how risks can be reduced or increased depending on the adopted approach. The chapter concludes with a summary of the business case for using the ESIA and stakeholder en-gagement processes to support risk management and timely project delivery.
Elizabeth’s professional network extends across a number of sectors including professionals, private & public clients and investors & lenders related to major engineering, infrastructure, natural resources, industrial and built environment projects. Part of various industry environmental and social professional networks and forums, such as IEMA and Women in Mining. Network extends to environmental, social and transaction/banking teams within commercial and multilateral development banks.
Hobbies & Social Engagement
Travelling, cooking (my favourite past time), good wine and spending time with family and friends. Sking and watching my family sail whilst I read a good book.