On November 12, 2004 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Science and Technology for Sustainability Program hosted a planning meeting titled "Scientific and Technical Input for the Revision of the World Bank Group's Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook." The goal of the one-day workshop was to scope out possible approaches to designing an expert input and/or review process for the new edition of the World Bank Group's Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook. The small workshop involved international and US experts on the incorporation of technology into development investments, and included the presentation of background on the current Handbook revision process.
The Handbook was published in 1998 by the World Bank Group. It contains guidelines and technical information on specific pollutants and pollutant control technologies, as well as 40 industry sector guidelines. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, has created an additional 27 sector guidelines for sectors financed by IFC, and is currently in the process of adding three more guidelines to its collection.
The Handbook has not been updated since 1998. The World Bank Group has announced a new cycle of updating the Handbook in order to enhance its value not only to its own staff, but also to external users. As stated on the IFC's Guidelines Update Webpage, "The Guidelines have become globally applied reference for private sector development with their use extending well beyond World Bank Group operations to a diverse external community, including other international financial institutions, regulators, industry, academics, and commercial banks, including the international banks that have recently adopted the "Equator Principles." More information on the Guidelines Update is available at http://www.ifc.org/ehsguidelinesupdate.
Meeting Agenda (PDF,43 KB)
List of Participants (PDF,33 KB)
Participant Biographies (PDF,42 KB)