Regional : BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project

Nonsovereign Project | 57015-001

Project Name BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project
Project Number 57015-001
Borrower / Company BANPU Public Company Limited
Country / Economy Regional
China, People's Republic of
Thailand
Location China - Jiangsu; Thailand - Bangkok
Type or Modality of Assistance
4359 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 70.60 million Committed
8457 Loan Clean Technology Fund USD 10.68 million Committed
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

Transport / Urban public transport

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Pascual, Francis Mark A.
Project Sponsor(s)
Description
Objectives and Scope The ADB financing will provide support for two distinct subprojects. The first subproject focuses on the financing and/or refinancing of up to 1,500 fully electric six-seater e-tuktuks operated by Urban Mobility Tech Company Limited (UMT), BANPU's associate company, and associated charging infrastructure for the provision of e-tuktuk charging services.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project supports four of the seven operational priorities (OPs) identified in ADB's Strategy 2030: addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities (OP1); accelerating progress in gender equality (OP2); tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability (OP3); and making cities more livable (OP4). The project aligns with ADB's country partnership strategy for Thailand, 20212025, which calls for continued ADB investment in EVs and sustainable transport systems and expanding the urban mass transport to improve connectivity and strengthen the resilience, sustainability, and competitiveness of Thailand's transport sector. The project also aligns with ADB's country partnership strategy for the PRC, 20212025, which promotes sustainable low-carbon transport systems and private sector investment.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects ADB will be financing Banpu Next's investment in a) Urban Mobility Tech Company Limited (UMT) which will go towards expansion of E-tuktuk operation in Bangkok and b) Durapower EV battery manufacturing in the PRC. BANPU implements environmental, health, safety and social management policies and procedures, including environment, occupational health and safety (OHS), climate change, sustainability, human rights and community related policies, and specific operational management procedures. Subsidiaries including BNGL, UMT and Durapower also implement their own environmental and social policies and procedures. Banpu will enhance its ESMS to meet ADB's safeguards and social requirements satisfactory to ADB which will be cascaded down to the subprojects within agreed timeframes as set out in the initial Corrective Action Plan. BANPU will report regularly to ADB on its investments' compliance with applicable safeguards and social requirement laws and the implementation of the ESMS satisfactory to ADB.
Involuntary Resettlement UMT and BANPU will only be leasing space for parking space and e-charging stations from existing buildings in Bangkok. Meanwhile, expanding the manufacturing capacity of Durapower will be limited within the leased manufacturing compound and will not require additional land acquisition. There are no identified land legacy issues or grievances related to the industrial zone. Both sub-projects will not result to physical or economic displacement.
Indigenous Peoples The e-tuktuk subproject will operate in Bangkok, Thailand while the Durapower manufacturing facility is located in an existing industrial zone in Jiangsu, China. There are no identified distinct and vulnerable Indigenous Peoples in both areas. The subprojects will not directly and indirectly affect distinct and vulnerable Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation At the corporate level, BANPU discloses its annual reports and sustainability reports on its website, conducts stakeholder engagement activities and has a functioning community complaint management. At the subproject level, UMT and will formalize a stakeholder engagement plan and external grievance redress procedure.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance -
Credit Committee Meeting -
Approval 18 Oct 2023
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2024

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Title Document Type Document Date
BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project: Preliminary Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2023
BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Nov 2023
BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2023

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
BANPU Electric Tuktuks and Battery Project: Environmental and Social Safeguard Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jan 2024

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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