Full Project Title:
Global Programme to demonstrate the viability and removal of barriers that impede adoption and successful implementation of available, non-combustion technologies for destroying POPs
Total Project Budget:
Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)
In May 2004, the GEF Council approved the Project Brief for the Republic of the Philippines. The objective of the Global Programme, in line with the strategic priorities of the GEF Business Plan FY04-06, is to demonstrate the viability and removal of barriers that impede adoption and successful implementation of available non-combustion technologies for use in the destruction of obsolete Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) stockpiles and wastes, more specifically PCBs wastes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This specific Project in the Philippines, part of the Global Programme, will introduce and apply such a technology to destroy significant obsolete PCBs wastes and will help remove barriers to the further adoption and effective implementation of a selected non-combustion technology and meet the Stockholm Convention requirements to ensure the use of best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP). The National Implementation Plan (NIP) of the Stockholm Convention in the Philippines favours the application of non-combustion technologies to destroy POPs. The Project will make available all technical, economic and financial parameters of the selected technology in a comparative, open and transparent way that would facilitate and provide further incentive to the global diffusion of innovative alternative non-combustion technologies.
The Project will last four years (48 months). The first twenty-four months will be committed to parallel activities of tendering process, obtaining necessary operating permits, including conducting necessary environmental impact assessment, designing, constructing and testing of the selected non-combustion technology to be deployed, and generally planning and organizing, among other things, such activities as a comprehensive public participation and involvement programme, and a comprehensive, participatory monitoring and evaluation programme.
The second twenty-four months of Project time will cover the demonstration phase that is the destruction of 1,500 tonnes of PCB containing equipment and wastes as the first part of the 6,879 tonnes actually identified during the initial inventory process. Also included during this twenty-four months operational phase would be the continued implementation of the broadly based public participation and involvement programme, and the monitoring and evaluation programme.