The project supported the legislation and setting up of infrastructure for recovery, management and destruction of Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) from electric transformers in power and industrial sectors.
The Republic of India signed the Stockholm Convention on POPs on 14 May 2002, and ratified it on 13 January 2006. The Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project ‘Development of a National Implementation Plan (NIP) in India as a First Step to Implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)’ was approved on 14 June 2007.As an outcome of this, the NIP was released in April 2011. The environmentally sound management of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and disposal was selected as one of the first priorities of post-NIP programme.
The expected impact of the project is to:
The project addresses national priorities such as improving legislation on POPs chemicals,
eliminating PCB-containing equipment, reducing PCBs releases from industrial wastes and sewage,
improving environmental performance in the power sector, improving environmental performance
in the industrial sector, identifying PCBs wastes and contaminated sites and their environmentally
sound and safe management.
The outputs of the project include: