- 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.
- 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