BELARUS POPS LEGACY AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Belarus
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title BELARUS POPS LEGACY AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT
Atlas Project Number: 90218
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Belarus
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Dalybor Kysela International consultant
Sergei Gotin National consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: GEF-6 Belarus POPs Legacy and Sustainable Chemicals Management Project
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID:
PIMS Number: 0000
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, CSOs
Countries: BELARUS, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP CO should request extension of the project by 12 months. Together with the automatic COVID-19 extension of 6 months the total extension period will be 18 months.

2

UNDP and MNREP should conduct revision of the original PCB and OP waste disposal targets under Outcomes 1 and 2 and the Project Objective, and adjust them towards amounts of PCB and OP waste that can be realistically disposed of directly within the timeframe of the project (even assuming that the project extension is granted).

3

The PMU/MNREP should ensure that the project continues to focus on disposal of the remaining PCB capacitors in the country.

4

The PMU/MNREP should consider recruitment of international expert for determination of feasible options of in-country pre-treatment of PCB-contaminated transformers in line with the national legislation.

5

The PMU/MNREP should ensure that the screening method for evaluation of possible PCB cross-contamination in non-PCB equipment is recommended as a standard practice by major operators of such equipment for determination of PCB concentration during equipment maintenance.

6

MNREP should consider support for development of technical and normative base for determination of PCB concentration in transformer oil, in particular for approval of a relevant national standard and for accreditation of a national laboratory.

7

The PMU should accelerate implementation of the component on technical support for commissioning, demonstration testing and certification of the Chechersk HTI facility for ultimate disposal of Ops.

8

MNREP should consider extension of the project assistance towards assessment of feasibility of liquid PCB wastes destruction at the HTI in Chechersk.

9

MNREP should use of the next round of repackaging, transportation, and storehouse clean-up for practical training in order to develop capability of local service providers for such work and use in management of OP legacy stockpiles beyond the duration of the GEF project.

10

MNREP should consider appointment of a qualified international expert to bring relevant international expertise on management, transport and ultimate disposal of hazardous waste.

11

The PMU/MNREP should follow the GEF guidelines on co-financing and systematically collect at least on a bi-annual basis information on the actual co-financing contributions to the project that support the achievement of its objectives, and report this information at least on a biannual basis.

1. Recommendation:

UNDP CO should request extension of the project by 12 months. Together with the automatic COVID-19 extension of 6 months the total extension period will be 18 months.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Submission of documents for project extension to UNDP.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP 2022/04 Completed documents for extension were submitted to RBEC in April 2022 History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP and MNREP should conduct revision of the original PCB and OP waste disposal targets under Outcomes 1 and 2 and the Project Objective, and adjust them towards amounts of PCB and OP waste that can be realistically disposed of directly within the timeframe of the project (even assuming that the project extension is granted).

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Submission of adjusted Core Indicators.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2022/01 Completed
3. Recommendation:

The PMU/MNREP should ensure that the project continues to focus on disposal of the remaining PCB capacitors in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Selection of the Service Provider for the environmentally sound disposal of PCB-containing capacitors.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/03 Completed SPs were selected and agreements concluded in December 2021 History
Conclusion of an agreement with the Service Provider for the environmentally sound disposal of PCB-containing capacitors.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/04 Completed SPs were selected and agreements concluded in December 2021 History
Provision of the environmentally sound disposal of PCB-containing capacitors.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2023/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

The PMU/MNREP should consider recruitment of international expert for determination of feasible options of in-country pre-treatment of PCB-contaminated transformers in line with the national legislation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Selection of an international expert who will prepare an analysis of the possibility of pre-treatment of transformers contaminated with PCBs in Belarus, taking into account the best international practices, the requirements of the Stockholm and Basel conventions and national legislation.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/09 Initiated Recruitment of an international expert is planned for Q3/2022 History
An international expert will prepare a report including an analysis of the possibility of pre-treatment of transformers contaminated with PCBs in Belarus, taking into account the best international practices, the requirements of the Stockholm and Basel conventions and national legislation.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/12 Not Initiated History
5. Recommendation:

The PMU/MNREP should ensure that the screening method for evaluation of possible PCB cross-contamination in non-PCB equipment is recommended as a standard practice by major operators of such equipment for determination of PCB concentration during equipment maintenance.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Sending a recommendation to use the methodology for PCB cross-contamination screening of equipment that does not contain PCBs to the organizations of the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry that provide services of electrical equipment, in order to use it as a standard practice.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2021/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

MNREP should consider support for development of technical and normative base for determination of PCB concentration in transformer oil, in particular for approval of a relevant national standard and for accreditation of a national laboratory.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Rejected (It is proposed to determine the concentration of PCBs in transformer oil as part of the PCB cross-contamination screening procedure).

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

The PMU should accelerate implementation of the component on technical support for commissioning, demonstration testing and certification of the Chechersk HTI facility for ultimate disposal of Ops.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Selection of the Contractor for certification of the Complex for compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/07 Initiated Planned for June 2022. History
Preparation of Terms of reference for test incineration at the facility based on the Complex in Chechersk.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/05 Completed TORs was ready in May 2022 History
Selection of the Contractor for test incineration at the facility based on the Complex in Chechersk.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/03 Completed Selection of the contractor is completed in May 2022. History
Carrying out test incineration at the facility based on the Complex in Chechersk.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2022/09 Not Initiated
Obtaining certificates of conformity ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2022/09 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

MNREP should consider extension of the project assistance towards assessment of feasibility of liquid PCB wastes destruction at the HTI in Chechersk.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the course of conducting test incineration at the Chechersk facility and preparing a waste loading menu, the possibility of destroying liquid PCB wastes will be considered.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2022/09 Not Initiated
9. Recommendation:

MNREP should use of the next round of repackaging, transportation, and storehouse clean-up for practical training in order to develop capability of local service providers for such work and use in management of OP legacy stockpiles beyond the duration of the GEF project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Partially accepted (In the process of environmentally sound destruction of obsolete pesticides, including in terms of preparing waste for transboundary movement, local companies are involved as much as possible, which undergo preliminary training and thereby increase their experience in this area.)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Selecting a Contractor and signing a contract for the provision of services for the environmentally sound destruction of obsolete pesticides in the Minsk region
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP 2022/09 Not Initiated Planned for September 2022. History
The provider of services for the environmentally sound destruction of obsolete pesticides in the Minsk region in the process of providing services will attract local companies that will be trained and increase their experience in this area.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
MNREP. 2023/05 Not Initiated
10. Recommendation:

MNREP should consider appointment of a qualified international expert to bring relevant international expertise on management, transport and ultimate disposal of hazardous waste.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted (The Ministry of Natural Resources, as part of the implementation of recommendation 4, will involve an international expert who will prepare a report with international experience in the field of hazardous waste management).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An international expert will prepare a report with international experience in the field of hazardous waste management
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/09 Not Initiated Planned for September 2022 History
11. Recommendation:

The PMU/MNREP should follow the GEF guidelines on co-financing and systematically collect at least on a bi-annual basis information on the actual co-financing contributions to the project that support the achievement of its objectives, and report this information at least on a biannual basis.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
In the process of providing services for the environmentally sound destruction of PCB equipment, information on co-financing from the owners of PCB equipment will be collected in order to include this information in the relevant reports on the Project implementation.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/05]
MNREP. 2022/12 Initiated History

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