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).
The 12th European Sustainable Energy Week in Ukraine started October 2, 2021 as part of the information campaign dedicated to the European Green Deal (Green Deal EU) and will last until October 29, 2021 and be under the slogan “Opening green potential together”. This year the host city in Ukraine is Ternopil.
On September 1, 2021 the chimney of the thermal destruction system was installed at the site of the Gomel toxic industrial waste treatment and disposal facility, a unitary utility enterprise located in Dubrovka village, Belarus.
The team of the Regional demonstration project on coordinated management of ODS and POP disposal participated in Ukraine 30: Ecology all-Ukrainian forum held on June 7–9, 2021.
The section dedicated to the international legislation and legislation of the participating countries was updated with new sections where readers can familiarize with the lists of Armenian and Kazakh laws and regulations.
On May 27, 2021, the second session of the Project Steering Committee of the project on the coordinated management of ODS and POP disposal in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Armenia took place.
The Regional Demonstration Project for Coordinated Management of ODS and POP disposal in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Armenia was presented at the Improvement of the Waste Management System round table held on June 4, 2021, at the international exhibition-forum ECOLOGY EXPO 2021 in Minsk.
On June 3–5, 2021, the major Belorussian exhibition dedicated to environment protection, ECOLOGY EXPO 2021 Exhibition and Forum, will be held at Minsk BelExpo exhibition center.
Regional recycling network for ODS- and POP-containing wastes presented at session of Project Steering Committee
On May 27, 2021, a session of the Project Steering Committee was held.
Forthcoming commissioning of first hazardous waste destruction plant in Belarus announced at press conference in Minsk
On May 14, 2021, a press conference was held in Minsk with the topic “National potential for hazardous waste management. Implementation of the international technical assistance project, Coordinated Management of ODS and POPs Disposal in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Armenia (regional demonstration project).”
Press conference dedicated to the GEF-UNIDO Project will be held at National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus (MNREP) arranges the press conference on the topic: “National potential for hazardous waste processing. Implementation of the project “Regional Demonstration Project for Coordinated Management of ODS and POPs Disposal in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia”.
A new article, PCB inventory in Belarus, was published presenting the up-to-date inventory system for polychlorinated biphenyls in the Republic of Belarus.
New UNIDO Interactive Publication About Reaching Sustainable Development Goals Through the Montreal Protocol
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) presented an interactive publication, Montreal Protocol and Beyond, with 17 stories showing how the implementation of the Montreal Protocol improves people’s lives.
GEF-UNIDO Project Included in State Program for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources for 2021–2025 of the Republic of Belarus
By decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No. 99 dated 19.02.2021, State Program for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources for 2021–2025 was approved.
On March 20, 2021 construction works at the installation site of the supplied thermal destruction system started at the site of the Gomel toxic industrial waste treatment and disposal facility, a unitary utility enterprise located in Dubrovka village, Belarus.
On December 23–25, 2020 Gomel toxic industrial waste treatment and disposal facility, a unitary utility enterprise located in Dubrovka village, Belarus, received a KTO-type thermal waste treatment plant (KTO is acronym for incinerator).
On October 20, 2020, the national team of the GEF-UNIDO project for coordinated management of ODSs and POPs disposal visited Cherkasy, a Ukrainian town.
On World Refrigeration Day 2020, the Montreal Protocol Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat, organized an online webinar on the impact and importance of refrigeration. Experts representing National Ozone Units, governments and the private sector shared their views on the opportunities provided by the Kigali Amendment to strengthen institutions, drive policy changes and transfer technology in support of sustainable solutions in the refrigeration sector.
In the end of February 2019 the team of the project for coordinated management of ODS and POP disposal in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Armenia visited Finland to learn from the local experience in environmentally sound destruction of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and persistent organic pollutants (POP).
On February 5–6, 2019, to learn from the European experience in application of hazardous waste treatment technologies, representatives of the project team of the GEF-UNIDO project, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Gomel toxic industrial waste treatment and disposal facility, BelVTI company, and construction and engineering organizations of the Gomel oblast visited several Finnish facilities.
Albania has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. It will reduce use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, which are thousands of times more harmful to the climate than CO2. The Kigali Amendment, which entered into force in January 2019, amends the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to include substances – including hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) – which do not damage the ozone layer but are known to have high global warming potential.
On October 21–26, 2018, a delegation of representatives of the project team of the GEF-UNIDO project, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Gomel toxic industrial waste treatment and disposal facility visited Mexico.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has won an award for its extraordinary work implementing projects to phase out methyl bromide, a highly toxic gas once used extensively in agro-industry to control a wide variety of pests.
With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) underway in Bonn, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is restating its support for the Paris Agreement as a crucial step towards achieving a greener, sustainable future.
Representatives of 55 countries gathered in Vienna from 13 to 15 June for a special event on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to discuss the opportunities, challenges and key actions for the phase-down of powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. The ‘Kigali Amendment – Vienna Talks’ was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the governments of Italy and Austria and brought together representatives of developing countries, as well as ozone officers and experts from the academic and private sectors.
Between 1990 and 2015, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) helped avoid the use and potential emission of 340 million tons of CO2-equivalent per year. This is equivalent of 71 million passenger vehicles driven for a year.