“Safe PCB and E-Waste Management Project”, formally referred to as “Implementation of PCB Management Programs for Electric Cooperatives and Safe E-Wastes Management”, is implemented in the Philippines by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), lead executing agency, and other collaborators: co-financiers National Electrification Agency (NEA), Natural Resource and Development Corporation (NRDC), Electric Cooperatives (EC), Integrated Recycling Industries, Inc. (IRII), Cebu Common Treatment Facility, Inc. (CCTFI) and Development Bank of the Phlippines; as well as zero waste and chemical safety EcoWaste Coalition, which implements the awareness raising programs for the project.
The project is being implemented in response to the obligation of the Philippines to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to protect health and environment through sound management of the POPs Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs). The project specifically targets to ecologically eliminate 600 metric tons of PCB-contaminated oil and equipment and 1,150 tons of PBDEs for the benefit of the global community. The following are the foreseen outcomes of the project:
- Strengthened legislation and institutional capacity in implementing PBDE action plan and reduction and eventual elimination of POPs-PBDE releases from Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) to mitigate their health impact;
- PCB management plans of selected electric cooperatives effectively implemented;
- Increased capacity for and awareness on sustainable and effective WEEE and PCB wastes management by relevant sectors;
- The project and its stakeholders are able to monitor and evaluate the project’s progress allowing for the implementation of the national action plans on POPs.