While still considering different pipeline routing alternatives, TAP started engaging with authorities, regulatory bodies, NGOs and communities along the potential pipeline routes. TAP only decided on the final route after collecting feedback from all relevant stakeholders.
Extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation took place during various stages of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), including pre-scoping, route refinement, scoping, main ESIA, and ESIA disclosure.
Further stakeholder consultation is currently taking place in relation to the Land Easement and Acquisition activities in TAP’s host countries.
Stakeholder engagement plans
In order to structure and formalise the stakeholder engagement, TAP and its contractors have developed Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEP) for each project development phase and for each host country – Greece, Albania, and Italy. The SEPs are aligned with the requirements of national laws and regulations as well as specific project needs in each host country.
The plans describe, for example, different outreach tools that TAP uses to inform the affected communities and general public of any upcoming project-related activities and decisions.
In this section, we plan to publish the main SEPs for different project phases in our three host countries, in order to keep the public informed and to meet our high standards of transparency and accountability.
Part of TAP’s commitment is engaging with all members of civil society, including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), who have an interest in the project. TAP collaborates with several NGOs and local communities aiming to ensure our project is both sustainable and beneficial.
As such, we are open and available to constructive and peaceful dialogue, aiming to provide accurate, transparent and up-to-date information about the project to ensure that the facts are clearly understood and avoid misrepresentation.
Below you will find responses to reports published by NGOs about the project.
TAP Response to January 2018 Bankwatch Report
The report “Smoke and mirrors: Why the climate promises of the Southern Gas Corridor (SCG) don’t add up” published in January 2018, focuses on fugitive methane emissions. It aims to quantify and assess the potential significance of these emissions from the SCG. Since the focus of the report is solely on fugitive methane emissions it does not recognise the benefits of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project to the host countries, the environmental and social measures to maximise benefits to the local communities and the role of gas to reduce emissions from other energy sources such as coal. In addition, it does not acknowledge the measures that TAP has adopted to reduce and minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the design, construction and future operation process for TAP.
TAP Response to November 2017 Bankwatch Report
In response to the CEE Bankwatch Network (Bankwatch) ‘Land lost but not Forgotten’ report, published by Bankwatch in November 2017, TAP would like to correct the factual inaccuracies and address the allegations made in the report, regarding TAP's land access, compensation and livelihood restoration activities in Albania. TAP would also like to highlight that Bankwatch did not consult with or seek information or the views of TAP, prior to publishing the report. TAP feels it is important to respond to the claims made in the Report, so that Bankwatch and other stakeholders representing civil society are better informed of TAP’s activities, including its comprehensive compensation and livelihood restoration programmes. For further information please do not hesitate to contact TAP at firstname.lastname@example.org