GEF-UNIDO PROJECT
«ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT AND FINAL DISPOSAL OF POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBs) IN UKRAINE»

2003 PCBs inventory

In 2003, there was conducted a PCB inventory with the support of the UNEP in Ukraine. Information collection was organized according to the "Methods and Guidelines for the detection and identification of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)" of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. National experts have identified major fields of PCBs use and recorded brand names, types of electrical equipment and synthetic fluids containing PCBs. During the inventory, companies and organizations were asked to fill out a special form, developed according to the Ukrainian data collection system established by National analytical services.

The inventory data was obtained from over 4500 major industrial enterprises of Ukraine.

Some inventory results are shown on the following maps:

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By number of PCB-containing transformers:

  • Donetsk region (21 %)
  • Dnipropetrovsk region (9 %)
  • Kyiv region (9 %)

By number of PCB-containing capacitors:

  • Zaporizhia region (16%)
  • Autonomuos Republic of Crimea (9%)
  • Dnipropetrovsk region (7%)

By amount of synthetic fluids with PCBs:

  • Volyn region (27%)
  • Donetsk region (19%)
  • Dnipropetrovsk region (18%)

Among national industries, metallurgy has the largest number of transformers contaminated with high concentration PCBs, whereas the largest number of capacitors contaminated with PCBs belongs to mechanical engineering. According to the preliminary inventory, approximately 5,000 tons of PCBs were identified in equipment and facilities located on the territory of Ukraine.

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