Mercury substitution priority working list
An input to global considerations on mercury management
Mercury is among our most serious health and environmental hazards and man-made emissions of mercury result in human exposure, directly and via fish consumption.
As an input to global considerations on mercury management, we present a mercury substitution priority working list; or: An identification of the least essential mercury uses. Our assessment indicates that:
- Many mercury uses may today be readily eliminated, if politically desired.
- Global mercury demand may be reduced significantly by substitution of the least essential uses.
- Applying a prioritized phase-out list may help focusing on the main problems, securing a cost effective phase-out process.
We therefore recommend that a prioritised phase-out work list for intentional mercury uses is discussed and developed further in international cooperation, for example in the Open-ended Working Group considering legal and other initiatives on mercury established under the auspices of UNEP.
The list could serve as:
- A valuable tool in mutual communication and discussion of possible global mercury reductions
- A tool for a step-wise reduction development, if desired politically
- A part of forming a common vision for global mercury reduction.
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- 11/07 2007