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Mercury releases from the Cement Industry


   The Issue

  • Mercury is present in the raw materials (e.g., limestone) and/or in the fuel (e.g.,coal) released in the combustion process.The major pathway for mercury releases from the cement industry is via emissions to the atmosphere.
  • Cement industry contributes an estimated 10% or about 190 metric tons of the estimated total of 1921 metric tons per year of global anthropogenic mercury emissions.
  • Emerging markets of the world will lead to an unprecedented rate of construction of new cement plants resulting in further emissions of mercury.                             

Priority Actions

  • Establish sectoral mercury inventories and baseline scenarios for the industry.
  • Encourage use of most appropriate technique to reduce or minimize mercury releases into the environment.
  • Increase the awareness of the cement industry to mercury as a pollutant through increased outreach efforts.

Partnership Area Lead

Mr. Philippe Fonta

World Business Council For Sustainable Development WBCSD
Cement Sustainability Initiative CSI

  The Objective of the Partnership Area

  • Minimize mercury releases to the environment from cement manufacture
  • Supplement existing programmes in key, strategically selected ways to ensure that reductions are globally significant.
  • Support such efforts while providing additional information on cost-effective approaches for enhancing reductions of mercury emissions.

 Launch Event of The Global Mercury Partnership on Cement Industry

    The Launch Event was held on 18-19 June 2013 in the International Environmental House II (MIEII),Geneva,Switzerland