Helping Morocco sustainably manage hazardous chemical waste

Helping Morocco sustainably manage hazardous chemical waste

BOUSKOURA, Morocco, 17 November 2015 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) built a new facility in Morocco to help in the safe and sustainable management of transformers and electrical equipment filled with mineral oil and contaminated by a hazardous chemical, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).

This is part of a project funded by the Global Environment Facility and being implemented by UNIDO together with the Ministry of Environment. The project seeks to increase Morocco’s capacity of safely managing PCB-contaminated mineral oil transformers and equipment at all stages of their life cycle, thereby helping the country meet the requirements stipulated under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Hakima El Haite, Minister of Environment, stressed the country’s pioneering role in safely treating hazardous chemical waste. She also praised UNIDO’s approach to invite the private sector to run the facility.

UNIDO Representative to Morocco, Jaime Moll de Alba, reiterated UNIDO’s technical support in helping Morocco treat industrial waste in an environmentally sound manner.

Watch the project video here (in French)

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Office in Morocco