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Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and DisposalPractical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal
2015

The Practical Sourcebook aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.

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The United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Minamata Convention on Mercury: A comparison for the coal combustion sector
May 2015

The report describes the two conventions and their approaches and compares them with regard to control of mercury emissions from the coal combustion sector.

 

Mercury Inventory Toolkit
Mercury Inventory Toolkit

This publication is aimed to assist countries in developing inventories of mercury releases, to evaluate the risks from various sources. It provides a methodology, illustrative examples and extensive information on mercury release sources.

 

Promoting the phase down of dental amalgam in developing countriesPromoting the phase down of dental amalgam in developing countries
September 2014

 

Mercury: Time to ActMercury: Time to Act
2013

This report speaks directly to governments involved in development of the global treaty on mercury. It presents updates from the UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 in short and punchy facts and figures backed by compelling graphics that provide governments and civil society with the rationale and the imperative to act on this notorious pollutant.
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Global Mercury Assessment - ModellingGlobal Mercury Modelling: Update of Modelling Results in the Global Mercury Assessment 2013

 

Global Mercury Assessment 2013 Global Mercury Assessment 2013
Sources, emissions, releases, and environmental transport

This report presents sources of mercury emissions to air and water. It presents estimates of anthropogenic emissions to air from various sources based on data from 2010 and estimates for releases to aquatic environment. The report also presents the latest information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry, fate and transport. It is an overall summary report for the policy makers based on a technical background report.

 

Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013

This is a joint UNEP and AMAP* report that presents the latest and comprehensive information of global mercury emissions and releases to the environment, information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry and fate and transport of mercury. The report is a fully referenced scientific background report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2013; Sources, Emissions, Releases, and Environmental Transport.

*Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, a working group under the Arctic Council

 

Mercury Acting Now!Mercury Acting Now!
2013

The UNEP Global Mercury Partnership is acting now on the substantive areas of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This brochure illustrates key issues and how they are being addressed by partners of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.

 

Process Optimization Guidance (POG) for Reducing Mercury Emissions from Coal Combustion in Power plants
January 2011   English version - Russian version - Chinese Version

The POG is a tool to help determine the approaches to control mercury emissions in coal-fired power plants, in many cases a co-benefit of reducing emissions of other pollutants. The POG allows for a preliminary selection of a mercury control strategy for a given power plant. In general, the POG is also applicable to coal-fired large industrial boilers.

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The paragraph 29 study - A study on various mercury-emitting sourcesThe paragraph 29 study - A study on various mercury-emitting sources
November 2010

The focused sectors in the study were coal combustion, cement manufacturing, non-ferrous metal production and waste incineration. The study summarizes and evaluates efficiencies and costs of potential measures to reduce mercury emissions to air from the mentioned sectors. It also presents a global atmospheric mercury emissions inventory and update and evaluation of trends in global mercury atmospheric emissions (1990-2005).

 

Management of Mercury and Mercury-Containing WasteManagement of Mercury and Mercury-Containing Waste
June 2010

 

Mercury TailingsTechnical and Economic Criteria for Processing Mercury-Containing Tailings
April 2010

 

Mercury Awareness Raising PackageMercury Awareness Raising Package
2009

This document was developed to raise awareness of the effects of mercury on human health, wildlife and the environment and on relevant strategies to manage and control mercury and was designed for the use of government officials, community leaders, and/or workers to provide information and raise awareness on mercury. It is organized into 5 modules.

 

Overarching FrameworkOverarching Framework UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
June 2009

Overarching Framework UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, 2009 The Overarching Framework guides the work of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. It has been developed under the auspices of the Executive Director in consultation with Governments and other stakeholders. The document was forwarded to the Governing Council at its twenty-fifth session where progress made by the Partnership was welcomed and the continued involvement of UNEP in the Partnership was endorsed. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to join the partnership following the process outlined in Annex 1, Section 2. Participation.

 

Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment: Sources, Emissions and Transport, December 2008The Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment: Sources, Emissions and Transport
December 2008

This document presents best available data on atmospheric mercury emissions from various sources, atmospheric transport and deposition and current results from modelling on a global scale. It is an overall summary for policy makers.

 

Technical Background Report to the Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment, 2008Technical Background Report to the Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment, 2008

This report provides the technical basis for the statements made in the summary report: "The Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment: Sources, Emissions and Transport, 2008" and is as such the single reference for that report. The technical background report describes the methods used for calculating the global mercury emissions, and is a fully referenced report according to scientific practice.

 

Guidance for identifying Population at riskGuidance for Identifying Populations at Risk from Mercury Exposure
August 2008

This publication is intended to assist countries in identifying specific populations or subpopulations that may be at risk. It aims to provide guidance on estimating exposures to mercury through biomonitoring as well as exposures to methylmercury using data on dietary fish intake.

 

Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global AtmosphereMercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Measurements, Models and Policy Implications Report
July 2008

A report from the Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research partnership area to contribute to the UNEP Global Mercury Atmospheric Assessment (2008) and focused on sources of atmospheric mercury emissions, spatial coverage and temporal trends of mercury measurements, and understanding atmospheric mercury dynamic processes on hemispheric and global scales.

 

Economics of mercury control
Dr L L Sloss, July 2008

The report summarizes the regulatory situation regarding mercury emissions in different countries, the status of mercury control technology development, and the cost of emission reduction in coal-fired power plants. Where possible, the economic evaluation includes any increased costs due to changes in waste disposal options for coal-combustion by-products. The report also considers mercury control options during coal processing and preparation.

 

Economics of mercury control - Summary document
Dr L L Sloss, July 2008

 

Summary of Supply, Trade and Demand Information on Mercury, 2006Summary of Supply, Trade and Demand Information on Mercury
November 2006

The report is based on information provided by governments and other stakeholders, as well as publicly available comprehensive trade statistics for mercury.

 

UNEP Guide for Reducing Major Uses and Releases of MercuryUNEP Guide for Reducing Major Uses and Releases of Mercury
June 2006

This document is intended to assist countries to identify sources of mercury exposure and to assess main methods of reducing mercury exposures and risks to their people. The information reflects approaches that have been considered and/or implemented in some countries/industries/products to reduce or eliminate mercury releases.

 

Global Mercury Assessment Report, 2002Global Mercury Assessment 2002

This report presents a global assessment of mercury and mercury compounds, developed in cooperation with other members of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC). Based on this assessment, the Governing Council agreed that further international action to reduce the risks to human health and the environment was required.

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