On the 20th December 2016 the Steering Committee of UNIDO/GEF project “Environmentally sound management and final disposal of PCBs at the Russian railway network and other PCBs owners” took place in the Center for Scientific and Technical Information of Russian Railways.

In the Steering Committee chaired by the director of UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation Mr. Korotkov, the federal executive authorities of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Natural Resource Use (Rosprirodnadzor), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy in the Russian Federation took part in the meeting. As well the counterparts of the project – the representatives of “Russian Railways” LLC, Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University, and the representative of FSBI “Russian Energy Agency” for the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation attended the Steering Committee. 

In the welcome speech Mr. Korotkov thanked all the attendees for their contribution for UNIDO-RZD project and underscored the necessity of further cooperation within project realization framework. On behalf of the vice-president of “Russian railways” LLC Mr. Gapanovich, the head of the Department of labor safety, industrial safety and environmental control of the «Russian Railways» LLC Mr. Ryabukhin read out welcome speech in which he expressed his hope that the output of UNIDO-RZD collaborative work will become a fundamental for the distribution of gained experience on the other industries that own PCB-containing equipment. Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Mr. Inamov said that UNIDO-RZD is under the special control of the Ministry and in this context the best efforts are exerted for the solution of currents issues within project implementation framework. 

In his presentation Mr. Korotkov described the current state of the project and gave the brief information for each component of the project. Deputy Head of the Department of the State supervision and regulation in the sphere of waste management and biodiversity Mr. Chumarin presented Rosprirodnadzor activities and highlighted the key actions taken within the project’s framework, such as elaboration of the legislation. 

In her presentation Ms. Galperina, the Deputy Director General of the Federal State Budgetary Organization “Russian Energy Agency” of The Energy Ministry of the Russian Federation spoke about the results of the implemented educational programme for the PCB management. She graphically showed how much awareness for PCB problems of specialists in power-generating companies rose after the implementation of the programme.

The representative of the UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation Mr. Mikhail Nikiforov enlightened the main difficulties within the project framework and in a course of discussion there were proposed different solutions for these issues. 

The Steering Committee’s participants gave their high rating to the actions taken by the project’s counterparts and expressed their hope for the further cooperation.