The GEF-UNIDO Project "Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine" is aimed at identification, gradual phase-out and disposal of PCB-containing equipment and waste in Ukraine. According to the project document, approved by the GEF, Executive Agency for the project in Ukraine is the State Ecological Academy of Postgraduate studies that is coordinated by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
Objectives of The GEF-UNIDO Project "Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine" include reducing environmental risks, caused by PCBs through establishment of new and improving already existing legislation on PCB management, raising people’s awareness on the subject and conducting trainings in compliance with the best environmental practices.
The Project will assist in conducting in-depth inventory of electrical equipment containing mineral oils contaminated with PCBs, resulting from misuse of equipment. The project is also aimed at implementation of pilot equipment and technologies for decontamination of PCB-containing equipment and disposal of PCB-containing waste.
The GEF project consists of three basic components:
Component №1 - Institutional, regulatory and human resources support for PCB management.
Component №2. Defining priority measures based on reliable in-depth inventory and national management plan for PCBs
Component №3. The system of environmentally sound management (ESM) and removal of PCBs, including transfer of technology and its introduction.
The national expert team consists of specialists and consultants of leading scientific institutions of Ukraine who have a successful track record in the field of persistent organic pollutants. These include the Gas Institute and the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, L. I. Medved’s Research Center of Preventive Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the State Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Studies of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.