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Vinyl Chloride Monomer Production


Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) production using the mercury catalyst process is the second largest demand sector for mercury globally (estimated at 570-800 tonnes annually in 2008). The process has emerged as a cost effective production technique for countries with high availability of acetylene over ethylene as raw materials (namely in China and Russia). It is believed that China represents 80-90 % of global capacity with 89 facilities currently identified.  UNEP has collaborated with China on this important topic since 2008.

Carbide-based PVC plant
Source: Ministry of Environmental Protection of People's Republic of China

Reports, Meetings and Meetings Documents

Mercury-free Catalyst Research and Development Feasibility Study Report - December 2011
Project Report on the Reduction of Mercury Use and Emission in Carbide PVC Production - April 2010
MEP Presentation on VCM at INC3 - October 2011

Vinyl Chloride Monomer Workshop - 19 September 2011

The workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Beijing on 19 September 2011. The goal was to support research and development efforts towards a mercury free catalyst process for the production of VCM.  Final Meeting Report

Meeting Presentations