PCBs Elimination Network (PEN)

At its fourth meeting in May 2009, the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention took decision SC-4/5 to initiate the establishment of a collaborative framework to promote and facilitate information exchange to support the delivery of the obligations of the Stockholm Convention on the environmentally sound management of PCBs. The PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) is a voluntary arrangement for information exchange and aims at improved coordination and cooperation among stakeholders from different sectors with an interest in the ESM of PCBs.

According to Annex A part II of the Stockholm Convention, Parties to the Convention are obliged to eliminate equipment and oils containing PCBs from use by 2025 and bring these under environmentally sound waste management by 2028. Main obstacles encountered by developing countries and countries with economies in transition concerning the environmentally sound management (ESM) PCB oils and equipment containing PCBs are lack of capacities, poor inventories, limited resources and inaccessible information.

Efforts to manage PCBs in an environmentally sound manner are already under way. Donor countries and financial institutions, holders of PCBs, NGOs and International Organisations all provide support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to manage PCB oils and contaminated equipment. However, there is a lack of global coordination and even linkages at the regional level.

In order to harmonize and coordinate these activities and facilitate information exchange, the  PEN will:

  • Record and disseminate information on the activities of the PEN through the Clearing House Mechanism of the Stockholm Convention;
  • Provide a link between members and promote local networking;
  • Promote the Stockholm Convention and the achievement of its PCB- related objectives;
  • Raise awareness on successful ESM activities;
  • Promote the research, development and  the transfer of environmentally sound techniques to developing countries;
  • Establish annual awards for contribution to the ESM of PCBs using donations from members.

For more information, please refer to the terms of reference (2012).

If there are queries on the PEN, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page that explains relevant issues regarding the PEN or contact the Secretary of the PEN at heidelore.fiedler@unep.org


Donwload the PEN Workplan And Budget for 2012-2015.

PEN on POPs Social

Officially launched at the 5th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, POPs Social is the Social Networking Platform of the Stockholm Convention Clearing House Mechanism. POPs Social provides a platform for open debate and direct expert-to-expert exchange on issues related to the Stockholm Convention. Information can be shared on Events, Blogs, Documents and Forums.

To date, POPs Social has established over 30 groups comprised of more than 1,200 members. A specific group is available for discussions on PCBs by the PEN members. All members of the PEN can join these discussions. The PEN group on POPs Social is one of the first and most active groups established on POPs Social.

With the major mandate of the PEN being to increase information exchange on environmentally sound management of PCBs, POPs Social is an important tool for achieving this objective and facilitating inter- and intraregional knowledge exchange.

All members of the PEN are invited to join POPs Social: http://networking.pops.int/

Bali, 22 Feb. 2010. The PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) was launched at the simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

:: Press Release (PDF).

:: Interview on the Launch of PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) and the Global Alliance for alternatives to DDT(video)

PEN Update

1st Update on the PCBs Elimination Network (PEN)-February 2010 







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PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) magazine

First issue - 2010

Inventories of PCBs - The place to start!

First issue of the PEN magazine: Articles prepared by PEN members on the topic of PCB inventories include national experiences and lessons learned, regional overviews, step-by-step approaches on inventories, project updates and a PEN members’ contact list.

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