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Circular economy and UNIDO Project

Circular Economy and UNIDO Project

This section summarizes the principles of the circular economy and demonstrates how the GEF-UNIDO Project contributes to using natural resources in a sustainable way, decontaminating hazardous substances, recovering recyclable materials for further use, and reducing the area of landfills. Read more

About project

The project creates conditions and opportunities for efficient and environmentally sound destruction of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and persistent organic pollutants (POP) in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. The project will support these countries in fulfilling their commitments under the Montreal Protocol and Stockholm Convention. Read more

Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty, signed on September 16, 1987, in Montreal, Canada. The agreement provides for phase-out of production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, some of which have been widely used as refrigerants and foaming agents in refrigerators and heat insulation. With the last amendment, the Kigali Amendment, a schedule of phase-out for fluorinated greenhouse gases also used as refrigerants was set. Read more

Stockholm Convention

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty, signed in 2001 and effective from May 2004. The document aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of the most hazardous POPs. As of September 2018, 184 parties — EU and 183 countries — ratified the convention. Read more

National legislation of the Project participating countries

This section tells how the participating countries—Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, and Kazakhstan—control the management of hazardous waste, including ODS- and POP-containing one, at the national level, and offers a detailed list of relevant laws, regulations, bylaws, etc.Read more

Project timeline

The project for coordinated management of ODS and POP disposal in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia is implemented as scheduled.

October 2018
Launch of the project
Q4 2019 – Q2 2020
Development of proposed amendments to laws, regulations, and standards affecting the whole life cycle of PCBs, ODSs and POPs for approval by relevant government authorities
Q4 2019
Accreditation of national laboratories in the participating countries, for analysis of hazardous wastes
Q4 2019 – Q1 2020
Collection of data on hazardous waste streams and stockpiles
Q4 2019 – Q1 2020
Development and introduction of the analytical database software for hazardous wastes
Q4 2019 – Q1 2020
Analysis of stockpiles of hazardous
Q4 2019 – Q1 2020
Review and evaluation of existing destruction technologies. Preparation of tender documents
Q1 2020 – Q4 2020
Elaboration of PCB, ODS and POP destruction approach for approval by relevant government authorities
Q2 2020 – Q1 2021
Development of financing plans for destruction of wastes with high PCB
September 14, 2022
Completion of the project


  • Technical evaluation group meeting in Ukraine
    October 07, 2021
    Technical evaluation group meeting in Ukraine
    On September 29, 2021, a meeting of the Technical Evaluation Group (TEG) of the Ukrainian part of the project for coordinated management of ODS and POPs disposal was held. The hybrid meeting, offline in the Cherkasy City Council and online in Zoom, was dedicated to the review of the project “Terms of reference for procurement, installation and supply (turnkey) for national disposal equipment ODS/POPs/PCBs, Ukraine.” The center will be established at LLC “Ukravit Science Park” (LLC “Factory of Agrochemicals,” Cherkasy region, Cherkasy). Read more >>

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