Practical 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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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 countries, 2014
Global Mercury Modelling: Update of Modelling Results in the 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.
Mercury Acting Now!
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.
Technical 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: Time to Act
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.
Process Optimization Guidance (POG) for Reducing Mercury Emissions from Coal Combustion in Power plants, 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.
Mercury 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.
"The paragraph 29 study" A study on various mercury-emitting sources
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).
Overarching Framework UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, 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.
Assessment of Excess Mercury Supply in Asia, 2010-2050
According to the scenarios assessed in the report, mercury supply and demand in Asia are projected to reach a rough equilibrium beginning about 2014-2015. After 2017 the urgency of an Asian mercury storage capability is likely to depend on the rate of demand reduction. Substantial excess mercury can be expected in Asia after 2030. The quantity of excess mercury, mostly accumulated between 2030 and 2050, would likely amount to just over 5,500 tonnes. According to an alternative policy scenario, in which regional authorities may decide to move forward the storage of excess mercury, the quantity of mercury accumulated may be as high as 7,500 tonnes.
Assessment of Excess of Mercury Supply in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 2010-2050
This study attempts to understand the dynamic flux between mercury supply and demand in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Current and future regional supply of mercury includes the continued mining of mercury, the occasional decommissioning of chlor-alkali facilities, the recovery of mercury from used products and wastes, mercury by-product from other mining operations and natural gas production, and the increasing use of mercury-free alternatives to mercury products. This is compared with the regional demand, of which the vast majority is in mercury-containing products and the chlor-alkali industry, in order to estimate the quantity of excess mercury which may need to be stored in the region. The purpose is to inform regional authorities and encourage early planning to adequately manage the imminent supply of excess mercury.
Assessment of Excess of Mercury Supply in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2010-2050
The future principal sources of mercury in the Latin American and Caribbean region were identified as that recovered as a by-product of mining operations, and recovered from the closure/conversion of mercury cell chlor-alkali plants. A base case scenario suggests that mercury supply may exceed demand as easily as 2015 with total excess easily arising between 2015 and 2050 possibly amounting to over 8,000 tonnes. According to an alternative minimum storage scenario, in which it is assumed that some by-product mercury continues to be exported, and it is assumed there is a generally slower increase in the generation of by-product mercury, the quantity of mercury accumulated may be closer to 2,000-3,000 tonnes.
The 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, 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 Populations at Risk from Mercury Exposure, 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 Atmosphere: Measurements, Models and Policy Implications Report, 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.
Summary of Supply, Trade and Demand Information on Mercury, 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 Mercury, 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 2002
The "Global Mercury Assessment 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.