Final Evaluations for Electronic Waste project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, China
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
Completion Date:
Management Response:
Evaluation Budget(US $):


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Title Final Evaluations for Electronic Waste project
Atlas Project Number: 78105
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, China
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2020
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. 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
SDG Goal
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 76,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Wang Jingwei Professor
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Reduction of POPs and PTS release by environmentally sound management throughout the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment and associated wastes in China
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4862
PIMS Number: 5044
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment

It is recommended to undertake a short but decisive final summarizing assessment on the status quo and assess the compatibility of the systems in terms of coverage of the WEEE waste streams and the management options including the treatment facilities. These final assessments can form the basis for replication in other provinces in China and can serve as a model for other countries.


It is recommended to develop a clear dissemination plan for replication including lessons learned and best practices identified during the demonstrations as well as the studies and guidelines developed.

This project is a snapshot reflecting to present situation; however, the electronics market is rapidly developing also due to new requirements or trends. Any replication or expansion of the project must take into account these changes and inform suppliers for the manufacture of new electronics to allow for future ecoproducts that do not contain POPs. For the WEEE management, technologies as well as workplaces have to be reviewed with quite high frequency to take into account more modern products.


There is a need to regularly monitor the content of POPs, especially PBDEs including deca-BDE but also HBCD in the electronic product categories to ensure that contents are below the low POP content established under the Basel Convention.


Since some solutions are quite local and cover less than 100,000 people (in Wuhan, we did see one company that served 40,000 people and was technologically and
economically successful), the “Chinese” model has a god potential to be transferred to other countries.

For communication and trainings, performance or output indicators should be developed to assess efficiency and effectiveness of the trainings as well as needs for

Trainings should focus more on outcomes (e.g. capacities being built and consequent improvements in operations) rather than outputs (e.g. numbers of trainings,
numbers of participants), and each training should be documented (e.g. agenda, presentations and/or training material, pictures, list of participants, survey of
knowledge/skills improvement). A training of trainers’ approach should be encouraged whenever possible/appropriate in order to promote efficiency, reach higher
returns and set a momentum for replication.


For each project, trainings to executing partners on managing GEF projects should be done in the very early stage of the project implementation (ideally starting during project
design, if financial resources would allow) in order to increase project management efficiency. The need for such trainings was expressed by project partners as well as the NPT
during interviews


The project has identified the e-waste stream of CRTs as a resource for secondary and primary metal smelters. So far, the TE Team has not been aware that CRTs can be considered a raw material for lead smelters. Such applications, which may need special permits in certain jurisdictions should be further explored and promoted for mutual benefit

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