Review of progress towards elimination of PCBs

The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention reviews progress towards elimination of PCBs (paragraph (h) of Part II of Annex A to the Convention), every four years at its ordinary meetings, taking into account the information provided in the national reports submitted by Parties pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention.

At its ninth meeting, the Conference of the Parties adopted decision SC-9/3, by which it took note of the report on progress towards the elimination of PCB (UNEP/POPS/COP.9/INF/10) and the recommendations of the small intersessional working group (UNEP/POPS/COP.9/6/Add.1), and:

  • Urged Parties to step up their efforts, inter alia, by urgently implementing actions to eliminate the use of PCB in equipment by 2025 and to achieve the environmentally sound management as waste of liquids containing PCB and equipment contaminated with PCB having a content above 0.005% by 2028;
  • Encouraged Parties to endeavour to identify, as soon as possible, open applications such as cable sheaths, cured caulk and painted objects containing more than 0.005% PCB and to manage them in accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 6 of the Convention.

The Conference of the Parties decided to undertake, at its eleventh meeting, a review of progress towards the elimination of PCB in accordance with paragraph (h) of part II of Annex A to the Convention and urged Partied to provide information on progress in eliminating PCB in their fifth national reports, to be submitted pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention by 31 August 2022, in accordance with paragraph (g) of part II of Annex A to the Convention.

The report on progress towards the elimination of PCB and the recommendations of the small intersessional working group were developed thanks to the generous financial support provided by the European Union and the Governments of Japan and Norway and through online meetings and a face-to-face meeting held in Prague from 12 to 14 December 2018.

Nomination of experts for the small intersessional working group and lead country

In paragraph 6 of decision SC-9/3, the Conference of the Parties decided to re-establish a small intersessional working group on PCB. The group will be working by electronic means and, subject to the availability of resources, through a face-to-face meeting, to assist the Secretariat in preparing the following, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting:

  • A report on progress towards the elimination of polychlorinated biphenyls;
  • Guidance on a standardized approach to developing inventories of polychlorinated biphenyls and to analysis for the identification and quantification of polychlorinated biphenyls, as recommended by the small intersessional working group;
  • A draft strategy for Parties to meet the 2025 and 2028 goals of the Stockholm Convention.

In response to the invitation by the Conference of the Parties in decision SC-9/3, the Government of Colombia indicated its interest in serving as lead country in the preparation of the above-mentioned report.

As of May 2020, the Secretariat received nomination of the following experts to participate in the small intersessional working group:

Party

Expert

Argentina Mr. Agustín Harte
Cameroon Mr. Tatkeu Jean Georges
Canada Ms. Cynthia Bainbridge
China Mr. Ren Yong
Colombia (lead country) Mr. Edwin Camelo
Cote d'Ivoire Mr. Gnamessou Koutoua Thomas D'aquin
Ecuador
Mr. Franklin Gabriel Góngora Ruiz
Germany Ms. Heidi Fiedler
Ghana Mr. Sam Adu-Kumi
Japan Mr. Yo Osada
Kyrgyzstan  Mr. Ali Khalmurzaev
Mexico
Mr. Arturo Gavilan Garcia, Mr. Jose Alberto Rosales Castillo
Pakistan Mr. Zaigham Abbas
Peru  Ms. Milagros Castañeda
Russian Federation Mr. Mikhail Zapevalov
Senegal Mr. Ablaye Diao
Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Orlovic, Ms. Sandra Glisic
Sweden Mr. John Lotoft
Uganda Ms. Patience Nsereko
United Kingdom Mr. Richard Hawkins
Zimbabwe Mr. Brian Gada

Observer

Expert

Hazardous Waste Europe Mr. Alain Heidelberger; Mr. Philippe Ruat

Noting the limited number of nominations of experts to participate in the small intersessional working group, the Secretariat reminds Parties and observers of the invitation to nominate experts, taking due account of gender balance and bearing in mind that it is anticipated that the small intersessional working group will initiate its work on 1 July 2020. Please send the nominations to the Secretariat by email to Ms. Kei Ohno Woodall (kei.ohno woodall@brsmeas.org).