PCB and its trade path in Vietnam

Polyclobiphenyl (PCB) is one of the 22 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and is used in electrical appliances such as transformers, capacitors and in industrial equipment like hydraulic hoists, paint and ink additives. However, due to PCBs' toxicity to the environment and people's health, many countries across the globe stopped producing PCB since 1970s.

Legal documents

The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty aiming to protect the environment and the human health from the threat of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The Convention was approved on 22 May 2001 and entered into force on 17 May 2004 with 172 countries participating. Vietnam is one of the first 14 countries ratifying Stockholm Convention (on 22 July 2002). The Pollution Control Department is the leading agency in implementing the Stockholm Convention in Vietnam.

Efforts for PCB safety in Vietnam

Reporter of Vietnam Environment Magazine has an interview with Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh, Deputy Director of Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Agency (MOIT), Deputy Director of the project named PCB management on PCB management plan and safety disposal in Vietnam.

POP & PCB: “Invisible Killer”

PCB is one of 22 groups of persistent organic pollutants (POP) that exists in liquid form at room temperature, is odorless, tasteless and has a color range from transparent to light yellow. PCBs are impossible to detect with the naked eye.

Strengthening management of Polyclobiphenyl in Vietnam

On July 22, 2002, Vietnam ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and became the 14th member country to the Convention. To implement the National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention, Vietnam pledged to reduce the emission of Polyclobiphenyl (PCB) into the environment, eliminate the usage of PCB in equipment and facilities by 2020, and safely dispose of PCB by 2028.

Difficulties faced in PCB management and destruction

PCBs are one of 21 groups of POPs. PCBs persist in the environment for long periods and have high adaptability, especially to the adipose tissues of animals and humans. PCBs are highly toxic compounds and PCB contamination can cause cancer.

Preventing the harmful effects of PCBs

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was adopted on May 22, 2001 and took effect on May 19, 2004. Its overall objective is protecting human health and the environment against 12 POPs which are chemical compounds deriving from carbon emissions from human industrial activities. Vietnam became the 44th out of 154 nations to have ratified the convention.

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