The second Project Steering Committee Meeting of the "Global Project on the Implementation of PRTRs as a tool for POPs reporting, dissemination and awareness raising for Belarus, Cambodia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Peru" was organized jointly by UNITAR and the Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM), from the 5th to the 8th March 2018 in Lima, Peru.
The objective of the Second Steering Committee (PSC) meeting was to review project performance, to analyze whether the project is on track, what problems and challenges the project is encountering, and which corrective actions are required.The PSC meeting evaluated the progress of the project, taking the necessary measures to guarantee the fulfillment of the goals and objectives.The mandate of the PSC is to monitor the progress of the project and give advice as to implementation issues.
The PSC is formed by UN Environment (Implementing Agency), UNITAR (Executing Agency), UNECE (PRTR Protocol Secretariat) and National Coordinators of the participating countries
The mandate of the PSC is to monitor the progress of the project and give advice as to implementation issues.
The opening of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) was made by Mr. Daniel Nunez, coordinator of RETC Peru and Director of Environmental Information and Investigation of MINAM. Shortly after the representing of UN Environment reported the satisfactory work undertaken by UNITAR in the implementation of project, management of activities and the quality and timing of reporting. He also mentioned that some countries are still presenting issues to be addressed quickly in order to assure the implementation of the project. UNECE continued the webinar session by updating participants on the initiative and updates from the PRTR Protocol Secretariat.
The meeting carried on with the overview of the global component and progress of the project implementation by UNITAR. Then, the national coordinators updated the assembly on the progress made under the country’s component.
The second day of the event started with a round table discussion, for countries to express themselves on the challenges and needs that each one would like to further assess or received training. This was followed by the closure of the PSC meeting started the day before. Then, the implementation of the PRTR Protocol and the LAC Regional Agreement on Principle 10 were discussed with representative from both UNECE and ECLAC. The first speaker briefed the participants on various aspect of PRTR implementation, while the other shared the news about the new LAC Regional Agreement on Principle 10 recently adopted, and which aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development. This agreement is a unique opportunity to foster PRTRs implementation in the region.
Then, Mr. Serrano, from Ministry Of Environment (MOE) of Chile provided participants and national coordinators with a comprehensive training on PRTRs information requirements and release estimation techniques (RET) by taking as a case study the Chilean experience in designing and implementing the national PRTR system. His experience in Chile highlighted that the PRTR has a gradual process. Then, the session carried on PRTR reporting through Chile experience and a case study on the first PRTR pilot trail in this country was presented. The difficulties and the positives aspect of it were highlighted. Then, the international expert introduced the techniques that are currently available for the estimation of emissions from point sources, and diffuse sources: direct measurement, mass balance, emissions factors and engineering estimates. He mentioned also the standard approaches for calculating emissions: the bottom-up approach and top-down approach.
During the third day of the event, a site visit to a chemicals plants, BASF Peruana S.A. that manufactures chemicals was organized by Ministerio del Ambiente (Ministry of Environment- MINAM). The aim was for participants to learn more about the PRTR reporting process from the industry’s perspective. It was highlighted that training activities and seminars organized and conducted by the MINAM were extremely useful for the company to understand the reporting process and uses of the reported data.
The last day, national coordinators were invited to participate in the morning session of workshop organized by the MINAM organized for the official launching of the 3rd reporting cycle of PRTR in Peru. For the occasion, industries representatives from chemical, fishing and agro-industries and NGOs were invited to attend the meeting and share the experiences related to PRTR reporting.
Once the national workshop ended up, the next meeting was a private session between UNITAR, national coordinators and the PRTR team from Peru. One national consultant of the RETC team briefed the national coordinators on the legal framework in which PRTR operates, and the Interministerial coordination mechanism that has been put in place in the country. A live demonstration of the updated PRTR online reporting system took place, where the participants were able to see and understand all the different steps of the online reporting software developed by Peru: from the registration process of the main company, and the different facilities owned by the same company, to the GIS information using google maps, and filling the different sections of the reporting format. The last presentation was around Peru’s national communication strategy on access to environmental information.