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  1. Component 1: Harmonized regional regulatory infrastructure and financial mechanism

Rationale of this component

Regionally harmonized regulatory infrastructure for ESM of PCBs oils, equipment & wastes

The Stockholm Convention encourages the parties to develop regulatory systems concerning environmental management of PCBs. The obligations of the Stockholm Convention are not sufficient to obtain a binding effect on the holders of PCB including the electricity companies which are facing priorities productivity (lack of electric supply capacity) and financing (lack of cash flow). Therefore it is important to transpose into national law the obligations of Stockholm convention. But in the context of a regional approach, it is essential to implement a harmonized regulation because the logistics of handling, transport and destruction will be pooled. It is also important to take into account a participatory approach regional electricity companies to develop regulations on PCBs considering they already have a regional approach in the exchange of electricity.

  1. Component 2: Enhanced regional capacity for ESM of PCB containing equipment

 The rationale of this component is focused on methodological work required at the global level to help environmental officers and equipment owners to characterize the PCB containing equipment with a view to being in a position to prepare accurate PCB waste management plans. These tasks would include:

  • development of inventory models for equipment containing pure/high concentrations of PCBs
  • development of inventory/estimation models for equipment with low concentrations of PCBs in oils (by criteria of distribution)
  • risk assessment models to prioritize action taking to protect health & environment (most exposed populations, critical steps in the sound management of equipment, etc);
  • need for IT based tools for the maintenance and monitoring of PCB containing equipment and life-cycle management

 Component 3: Regional mechanism for ESM of PCBs and equipment including the decontamination of PCB containing equipment

Rationale

The situation related to the PCB management in participating countries could be characterized as follows:

  • Inability at national level to prepare sound PCB final disposal business plans for most of the population owned by utility companies;
  • an increasing level of consciousness on the adverse impacts of PCBs and the need to take action;
  • a population of owners of PCB containing equipment with limited financial capacity, and especially electrical companies
  • a growing (and lucrative) informal business for the dismantling of equipment and the recovery of valuable materials;
  • a tendency to strengthen regulations on the ESM of PCBs that is not accompanied by financial solutions tailored to local specificities;
  • tougher logistical and financial conditions for the shipping of hazardous waste abroad for final disposal

 Component 4: To develop and implement a strategy for the diffusion of information concerning the demonstration of the benefits of a regional approach for the ESM of PCBs – Stakeholder awareness

The strategic plan for communication and awareness will be developed in Benin. For this component, the different outcomes and outputs have common activities as detailed below.Component 5: Project Management

 

Prélèvement d'huile PCB

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