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The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced on July 20 that the Minamata Convention on Mercury will enter into force on August 16, 2017. From 2021, China will phase out the production of mercury-containing batteries and fluorescent lamps required by the Minamata Convention on Mercury. and use. By 2032, all primary mercury mines will be shut down.

Yu Lifeng, deputy director of the Environmental Protection Foreign Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, announced the implementation schedule of China at the press conference: starting from 2021, China will phase out the production of mercury-containing batteries and fluorescent lamps required by the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Use; VCM (vinyl chloride, will produce mercury-containing wastewater) production industry to achieve a 50% reduction in the use of unit products in 2021 (on the basis of 2010); by 2032, to shut down the mining of all primary mercury mines; The emission source of coal-fired electric fields will be completed by 2020, the key sources of control will be clearly defined, and emission reduction targets and measures will be determined.

Yu Lifeng said that in order to implement the Convention, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has revised a number of mercury-related emission standards with relevant departments, evaluated the current status of the ten major mercury-related industries, and initiated the preparation of the strategic action plan. The next step will be to jointly promote the reduction of the mercury industry by controlling sources, reducing and developing alternative technologies, and carrying out the management of mercury-containing wastes and contaminated sites in a planned and step-by-step manner.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a new global convention in the field of environment and health in the past decade to enable the government to take concrete measures to control anthropogenic mercury pollution.

Mercury, commonly known as mercury, is the only liquid metal at room temperature and is used in a wide variety of products and processes. The production, use and discharge of mercury and its compounds can cause environmental pollution. In severe cases, it can cause neurological, immune and reproductive system disorders in humans and mammals, especially for fetuses and pregnant women. According to UNEP data, global mercury emissions are as high as 8,900 tons per year.

China is the world's largest mercury producer and emitter. To prevent environmental mercury pollution, mercury has been listed as one of the key heavy metals. In fact, at the beginning of the “Twelfth Five-Year Plan”, mercury was included in one of the five priority heavy-weight metals, and it was proposed to carry out atmospheric mercury pollution prevention and control.

In October 2013, under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Minamata of Mercury was adopted, and China signed the Convention as the first signatory. In April 2016, the 12th National People's Congress approved the Watermark Convention on Mercury signed by Kumamoto in October 2013 by the government of the People's Republic of China. According to the UN Environment Programme, there are currently 128 signatories to the Convention.

Source: China Light Network