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UNDP/GEF project "Environmentally sound disposal of PCB containing equipment and waste"

UNDP, Ministry of Environment and Latvian Environmental Investment Fund have commenced implementation of the UNDP/GEF project "Environmentally sound disposal of PCB containing equipment and waste" on March 30, 2006. The project will continue for 3 years and the total funding for the project is 2 841 696 USD, of which 999 600 USD are provided by the UN Global Environment Facility (UN/GEF).

This project is a direct follow-up of a UNDP/GEF funded project "Preparation of the National Implementation Plan on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention". Within the scope of the said project the National Implementation Plan on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for years 2005-2020 was developed and adopted. Within the plan the PCB issue has been recognized as one of the prior issues to be solved in Latvia. Therefore, UNDP developed project proposal for this new project on environmentally sound disposal of PCB equipment and waste.

To ensure compliance with requirements under international conventions, as well as compliance with legislative requirements, the PCB containing equipment and waste shall be eliminated by December 31st, 2010. in Latvia mainly transformers and capacitors made in the former USSR contain PCB and are used in power industry, chemical and oil industry, ferrous metal industry, wood industry, wood-pulp and paper industry and other.

The overall objective of the project is to avoid the release of PCB from working and obsolete electrical equipment and to provide environmentally sound disposal of PCB containing equipment and waste. The project will aim at collection and disposal of 280 tons of PCB containing equipment and waste. 12 enterprises who signed memorandum of understanding participate in the project.

However, within the project a support system for the remaining enterprises, holding PCB containing equipment, will be developed in order to facilitate timely and due disposal of the said equipment. Within the project other activities are envisaged in order to raise awareness and knowledge on safe and proper decommissioning, transportation and disposal of PCB containing equipment, as well as awareness raised on PCB and possible hazards to health and environment. Cooperation with State Environmental Service will be established to facilitate finalization of PCB containing equipment inventory and to improve legislative framework to ensure safe PCB management.

The main tasks of the project are:

  • Collection of PCB containing equipment and waste, and temporary storage
  • Transportation and environmentally sound disposal of PCB containing equipment and waste
  • Establishment of loan facility that would stimulate companies to replace the old equipment with new PCB - free equipment
  • Development of support system for other enterprises to facilitate due and timely disposal of PCB containing equipment.
  • Awareness raising among enterprises on safe management of PCB as well as possible hazards to health and environment.

Latvian Environmental Investment Fund shall:

  • Provide overall coordination of the project;
  • Provide execution of the project tasks;
  • Within the scope of the project shall devise financial loan system for replacement of the PCB containing equipment with new, non-PCB containing equipment.

The project will be supervised by the Project Steering Committee:

The Project will be overseen by a Project Steering Committee (PSC) with representatives from the following institutions: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health, State Environmental Service, State Labour Inspection, Geological and Metrological Agency, Environmental Consultative Board, Environment Protection Fund, State Hazardous Waste Management Agency (BAPA), Waste Management Association of Latvia, Association of Waste Management Companies of Latvia, Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (the Implementing agency), United Nations Development Programme. The representative of the Ministry of Environment will serve as chair of the PSC and the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund will serve as Member Secretary to the Project Steering Committee.

The PSC will endorse the workplan and provide strategic guidance and assistance in the resolution of any difficulties experienced during implementation.

To find out more about the project, please view:

"Environmentally sound disposal of PCB containing equipment and waste", Project presentation



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