Environmentally Sustainable Management of Medical Waste in China

Project Summary

The objective of the project is to minimize the generation and emissions of unintentionally produced POPs (principally PCDDs/PCDFs) from the medical waste treatment sector. The project will simultaneously explore ways to reduce emissions of other POPs and globally harmful contaminants generated by the medical waste sector, such as hexachlorobenzene (HCB), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).The project is set in the framework of China's "Hazardous Waste and Medical Waste Treatment Facility Construction Plan" developed in response to the SARS.Medical waste disposal is thought to represent 11% of total dioxin emissions in China. It is therefore estimated that the project will directly lead to the abatement of 4.5g TEQ/year, leading to a reduction of 114g TEQ/yr with replication.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Executing Agencies
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
11,650,000 USD
Co-financing Total
33,157,140 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,200,000 USD
Total Cost 45,157,140.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
14 Oct 2005
Preparation Grant Approved
07 Feb 2006
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
30 Oct 2007
Project closed
29 Jun 2018