Fourth Issue (No. 4)
January 2014
REN
NEWSFLASH
Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
A series of activities were undertaken including
INTRODUCTION
organizing the "Training Workshop/ Seminar on
Prevention and Control of Illegal Transboundary
Welcome to the fourth issue of REN NEWSFLASH!
Movement of Wastes/E-waste" back to back in
Vietnam and China; the re-structure and launch of
website of the project, and the re-design and the
Highlights in this issue:
issuance of the REN newsflash on a monthly basis
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Round-up of REN activities in 2013
since October too.
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BRS Secretariat launches MEAS photo gallery
Another important activity is the second annual
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(VCS) – the world’s leading voluntary greenhouse
workshop. With the support from all participating
gas program against HFC-23
countries and partners, a milestone joint meeting
took place in November, which brought three
The REN Newsflash, which is circulated monthly, covers REN
activities and achievements, highlights of partners’ activities as
they are available from their respective websites, the
compilation of news and activities on combating illegal
transboundary movements and border control of waste and
international and regional networks to work together
for the first time, addressing the issue of combating
illegal transboundary of hazardous wastes and other
wastes. The meeting resulted in a roadmap for
chemicals, and news on chemicals/waste related MEA
future cooperation and activities to combat illegal
synergies from various sources.
shipments of chemicals and waste in the region.
The networks included the Regional Enforcement
Network
REN ACTIVITIES
for
Chemicals
and
Waste
(REN),
Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory
Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE), and the
Asian Network for Prevention and Control of Illegal
Round-up of REN activities in 2013
Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes.
2013 ended with a sense of achievements for the
Stakeholders
from
“Regional Enforcement Network on Chemicals and
authorities,
customs,
Waste”. It experienced a transition of its management
organizations, nongovernmental organizations and
responsibility from UNEP’s Division of Technology,
the
Industry and Economy (DTIE) to the Division of
discussed challenges, which shed light on the
Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) in April
roadmap for future cooperation and activities.
2013. Despite certain delay of due to the transfer, the
Significant development has also been achieved in
project has achieved some tangible achievements in
the cooperation between REN and partners; during
technical
assistance,
intelligence
the implementation of the Operation DEMETER III, it
sharing,
collaboration
organizations,
is for the first time for REN to provide concrete
information
with
and
partner
awareness raising and networking..
private
sectors
national
shared
environmental
inter-governmental
experiences
and
technical support for WCO RILO AP on risk profiling
of the suspected illegal waste shipments. Now, REN
Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Wastes
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is also working with RILO AP on setting up a
Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
mechanism on waste/chemicals seizures reporting and
(REN), the current mechanism on the repatriation
repatriation monitoring.
problem. The potential cooperation area with RILO
AP under the framework of REN was also proposed
Highlights of REN activities in 2013
including the seizures reporting and monitoring
•
The seminar on prevention and control of illegal
mechanism.
transboundary movement of wastes/e-waste held in
Haiphong, Vietnam (07/2013)
•
Partner’s Activities
The training workshop on prevention and control of
illegal transboundary movement of wastes/e-waste
was held in Sanya, China (08/2013)
BRS Secretariat launches MEAS photo
Launch of the newly designed REN Newsflash
gallery on Flickr
(10/2013)
BRS MEAS is the new photo gallery of the Basel,
•
Redesign and launched of REN website (11/2013)
Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions on Flickr, the
•
Close cooperation with RILO AP(DEMETER III)
•
The second annual workshop in Bangkok, Thailand
•
•
latest addition to the conventions’ panoply of social
media services.
The BRS MEAS collection consists of more than
(11/2013)
900 photographic images taken by the Secretariat
Engagement of participation of environmental
and organized into 12 thematic Albums covering the
2011 and 2013 conferences of the parties and the
authorities
•
2012 meetings of the POPs Review Committee and
Organization of the 14th and the 15th ARPEC
Chemical Review Committee (Click here to read
meetings (06/2013 and 11/2013)
more).
REN participated in 25th Administrative
Meeting of the National Contact Points of the
WCO RILO AP
The 25th Administrative Meeting of the National Contact
Points of the WCO RILO AP took place on17-19
December 2013, in Da Nang, Vietnam. The meeting
was co-organized by Regional Intelligence Liaison
Major win for the climate as door closes
on HFC-23
In a major win for the climate, the Verified Carbon
Standard (VCS) – the world’s leading voluntary
greenhouse gas program – has announced it will be
turning its back on the super greenhouse gas HFC23.
Office for Asia and the Pacific and Vietnam Customs,
and was attended by 42 participants from 16 countries
The move acknowledges progress under the
and 5 international organizations.
Montreal
Protocol,
government
This meeting was the annual meeting of RILO AP,
G20
discussions
and
on
other
the
bilateral
international
regulation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
which focused on introducing the progress of the annual
activities, the results of several joint operations etc.
HFC-23, a by-product in the production of the
chemical HCFC-22 which is primarily used in air-
REN was invited to participate in the meeting. REN
introduced the updates on the Basel Convention and
ENFORCE;
the
achievements
of
the
Regional
conditioning and refrigeration, is 14,800 times more
damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide (Click
here to read more).
Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Wastes
Newsflash Issue NO.4
release into the environment toxic substances such
Activities in Combating
Illegal Transboundary
Movement and Border
Control of Waste and
Chemicals
as metal lead, chemicals such as phthalates as well
as chlorinated dioxins known to promote cancer.
(Click here to read more)
Lack of info plagues efforts to reduce Ewaste
Key gaps in information play an increasingly
important role in thwarting efforts at environmental
Swedish illegal waste exports rife: customs
protection -- including the reduction of waste from
Swedish customs officials have warned that the country
electronic materials.
is exporting hazardous electronic waste that risks
The creation of trade codes is necessary to track
ending up in developing countries where it could likely
used electronics products according to a recent
cause environmental and health damage.
study concerning the waste from growing quantities
Swedish customs and border officials stopped 771
of used electronics devices—including TVs, mobile
tonnes of illegal waste last year. Almost half, 293 tonnes,
phones, and computers. (Click here to read more)
was found in the southern county of Skåne where the
Wish You A Prosperous And Happy New Year!
authorities say that one in two transports they intercept
contains potentially hazardous materials. (Click here to
read more)
Public want to know where sorted waste
goes, study suggests
A majority of Brits (91%) think that their local council
should tell them where their carefully sorted waste is
REN
sent, according to a new study. The survey by plastic
Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
bottle recycler Closed Loop Recycling highlights a
growing concern that the public think that waste from
their recycling bins are being shipped abroad to be
Reminder:
landfilled. A total of 84% of people think that it is a
Basel Convention is now inviting Parties and others
waste of time if recycling ends up in a foreign landfill site.
to
(Click here to read more).
implementation of the Basel Convention take-
Energy Commission orders re-exportation
of banned fridges
comment
on
the
waste management company, EnviroCom, to re-export
57 containers of banned refrigerators it illegally imported
on
the
back provision no later than 31 January 2014.
Comments are to be sent to the Secretariat at:
juliette.kohler@brsmeas.org
The Energy Commission of Ghana has ordered a British
Guidance
For more details, please visit
Website of Basel Convention
into the country within seven days.
The government on January 1, 2013 banned secondhand and inefficient refrigerators which have the ozone
depleting gas, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). Such fridges
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Compiled and edited by: Keli Yu (Mr.)
Reviewed by: Wanhua Yang (Ms.)
Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and
Waste (funded by SIDA of Sweden and implemented by
UNEP)
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Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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