PCB-Free Electricity Distribution

UNIDO’s programme on polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) management and disposal projects aim to create fundamental capacities within industries, governments, institutions and other entities undertaking electricity distribution and transformation for complying with the PCB-related obligations under the Stockholm Convention. The projects enhance the regulatory and legislative infrastructures and strengthen institutions at national level to manage PCB-containing equipment and wastes in an environmentally sound manner.

Building capacities in local laboratories for PCB sampling and analysis, and transferring technology and know-how for local PCB treatment and decontamination assure compliance with PCB-related legislation. Environmentally sound PCB management practices are established among stakeholders, reducing PCB releases and risks to human and environmental health. Raising public awareness and dissemination of information is also a major component of all of PCB projects.

PCB management and disposal projects aim to create fundamental capacities within government, institution and PCB owners for complying with the PCB-related obligations under the Stockholm Convention on POPs.

The PCB management projects work through a stepwise process to enhance the understanding and capacities for sound PCB management. The steps entail

1. Increased knowledge and scope of the PCB situation through inventorying and assessment

2. Training of PCB holders, authorities and related service providers.

3. Developing a comprehensive PCB management plan from company basis.

4. Introducing technologies and approaches for decontaminating and disposing of PCB containing equipment and material.

As a general rule, UNIDO's PCB assistance provides a comprehensive capacity enhancement among all stakeholders. A key component in the approach is technology transfer, which enables countries to continue the effort of decontaminating electrical equipment. This unique approach with its tailor-made services has proven successful in many countries.

PCB-free electricity distribution is the largest POPs programme at UNIDO. Successful PCB projects are being or have been implemented in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

For details on UNIDO's ongoing PCB management-related projects, please visit the open data platform.

For more information, please read our leaflet: Tackling Toxic Pollutants in the Energy Sector.

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