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Part 1: Introduction

The deadline for the tender is: 12/02/2018

Part 2: About the EEB and the Zero Mercury Working Group

  • Created in 1974, the EEB is now the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of over 140 member organisations in more than 30 countries (virtually all EU Member States plus some accession and neighbouring countries), including a growing number of European networks, and representing some 15 million individual members and supporters.
  • We work on a vast array of environmental issues and our policy officers work with experts, our members, politicians and the media to protect and further develop environmental policies.
  • The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.

Our website for more information: www.eeb.org / http://www.zeromercury.org

Part 3: Tender


The Zero Mercury campaign at the EEB would like to build a new website for Zero Mercury Campaign/Zero Mercury Working Group based on the existing website available at www.zeromercury.org – while maintaining the URL.

Active since 2005 the Zero Mercury Campaign, having grown into the Zero Mercury Working Group has a long history of action. We would like to see a visual update of the website, to a more modern and user-friendly visual look. The division of sections, and their related subsections should be divided between introductory and advanced mercury issues.

-          We would like to convey through our website an approachable and educational tool for mercury related issues.

-          On the other hand, on separate tabs we would like to make available the recent activity related:

  1.  to project implementation through our members in different countries, and
  2. the developments related to policy at international and EU levels.

The distinction between the “introduction to mercury” section and the “Policy” and “Projects” sections should be clear. We would like a visualization of introducing the general public to mercury through its various topics (processes, products etc), and then at the end of the page have a link where an individual can arrive at how the Zero Mercury Working Group is working on that specific issue at project and policy level as relevant. Simultaneously however, we would like to have a tab where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues and/or our work, can get directly to the advanced information without going through the introductory informational section or tabs.

We are looking for a proposal that explains in detail how the concept note below can be implemented.

Tender: revamp a website

  • The Zero mercury Working Group is looking to revamp its website. It currently does not do justice to the work carried out by the 95+ members organisations. This means a much more advanced structure with more visuals, conveying the image of a serious, trustworthy NGO coalition.
  • The new website should be Wordpress-based, allow for easy management internally and coded in an open and accessible way to permit other third party developers to easily adjust.
  • We would like the website to be a one-stop-shop for individuals that are new to mercury issues and simultaneously provide a platform where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues can find updates on international policy developments and relevant project information. 
  • The audience of the Zero Mercury Working Group website includes our members, representatives of EU institutions and member state governments, journalists, academics, other NGOs, progressive business and members of the public.

Please include the following and their related costs (separately) in your quote:

  • Design and development of new easy to navigate website
  • Transfer of data from the current our current CMS system, Joomla.  
  • Annual costs for domain name and hosting (including backup). We may decide to handle this ourselves depending on the quotes provided.
  • Annual costs for technical support.
  • Basic Google Analytics tracking on all pages.
  • SEO on all pages
  • Responsive design, with slick page scaling for tablets and smartphones.

Indicative timeline

  • 25/01 Publication for tender
  • 12/02 Deadline for submissions
  • 23/02 EEB/ZMWG evaluates proposals and contacts suppliers / Communicate to winning service provider
  • End Feb-Beginning of March: Signature of contract with EEB/ZMWG
  • Building of the website: March – April
  • Launch: end April- beg May

Criteria to be considered during evaluation

  • combination of price and quality,
  • production / delivery time and service.
  • having/using environmental and sustainability policy/criteria
  • the EEB holds the right to exclude a supplier who may have a negative financial record, that violates criteria such as bankruptcy, not paying taxes etc.

Part  4: Functionality

  • Slider for home page
  • Horizontal menu with drop down elements (within homepage – e.g. About us, About Mercury, Policy Developments, Projects, Resources, News  )
  • About us section
  • Map that interacts with posts to deliver news on members’ projects/activities
  • News section (Press releases)
  • Newsletter sign up widget
  • Position paper section (listed chronologically)
  • Publication section  displaying in an attractive way – showing the front cover of the publication – up to 10 publications per year
  • Photos, infographics, and videos should be downloadable.
  • Events section
  • Contact form
  • Possibility of archiving the content of the existing website

Home page

The home page is meant to be a public oriented landing page for individuals wishing to learn about mercury. The first image should be a large slider which in principle will not change over time. The slider will include 4-5 pictures referring to introductory information about the challenges surrounding mercury pollution, but also to some of the priority areas we work on.

Above it, a horizontal menu, with dropdown elements can be displayed, dividing between general mercury information, the policy work that ZMWG does along with current projects and other elements (to be detailed at a later stage e.g about us etc). Below the slider there will be some space to describe ZMWG group as an organization and post our latest news. There should also be space to include a footer providing our location and contact information.

As examples please see http://www.artisanalgold.org/ or www.sradev.org


The website should provide country-specific pages/posts with contact information for our different national partners, in addition to a description and updates of relevant projects that they do appearing within our website (via posts) apart from linking back to national websites. Accessing these country specific pages should be done through a map, e.g.  found on “About us” page. The map needs to highlight somehow differently countries where EEB/ZMWG are funding (or have funded) directly projects, whilst providing a link to that campaign (page/post).

We would also need to post updates about the relevant projects/campaigns, that will simultaneously appear in the “What’s new” section of the home page.

Technical prerequisites:

The CMS should be WordPress to align with our other websites. The current site is working with Joomla.

Visual identity / look and feel:

We do want to update, but not reinvent the visual identity of the Zero Mercury Campaign/ Working Group.

The Zero Mercury logo stays unchanged and is our branding basis. We would like the look and feel of the new website to be more visually oriented, as now it feels a bit text-heavy.

Footer: Logos and disclaimers of EC will need to go somewhere at the bottom 

Home Press Releases IPPC Directive toothlless on mercury phase-out
IPPC Directive toothlless on mercury phase-out PDF Print
Thursday, 18 December 2008 01:00
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[Brussels, 18 December 2008] – EEBi, Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' organisations, today published an assessment of EU legislation on improving the environmental performance of the EU chlor-alkali sector, focussing on the use of mercury in the chlorine production industry. Based on the conclusions of this study, the EEB reiterates its call for the need for separate legislation of this industry and to set a sunset date for an obsolete process using mercury.

The report shows that the Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directiveii is not helping to phase out mercury from mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants (MCCAP). Emission limit values and other requirements in permits are not strict enough to drive the industry toward better performance and rather encourages business as usual. The permits confirm the status quo instead of addressing the aims of the EU Mercury Strategy to reduce use and emissions of mercuryiii.

“Allowable emissions of mercury differ from country to country and from plant to plant leading to an unequal - as well as often inadequate - level of protection of EU citizens,” said Elena Lymberidi­Settimo, EEB’s Zero Mercury Campaign project coordinator. “Such an approach ignores the fact that mercury is a globally persistent, bioaccumulative pollutant, overlooks the negative effect at the EU and global levels of adding mercury to the environment, and is in direct contravention of the IPPC Directive which states that particular attention needs to be given to such substances.”

Until now the inherent flexibility of the IPPC Directive and the fact that no clear benchmarks are given in the related chlor-alkali reference documentiv have led to the abuse of the Directive by this industry and authorities in order to keep old, polluting mercury-cell plants operating for as long as they are profitable. However, the mercury-cell process is not the ‘Best Available Technique’ (BAT) for the sector, as confirmed at EU level. Mercury-free alternatives for chlorine production, such as the membrane process which consumes up to 30% less energy, have been commercially available since the 1980s. The chlorine industry is in good enough financial health to support the required investment in such a change, especially as the payback period is quite modest.

Furthermore, the EU’s chlorine industry reports an average of 41 tonnes of ‘unaccounted for’ mercury per year, much of which ends up released into the environment, and authorities have not been questioning such losses. Significant mercury emissions into the air have also been shown in different countries in the EU from EEB member organisations’ own spot measurements in public areas outside the plants. The EEB report shows that there is yet more evidence, further to our 2006 studyv, that mercury air emissions from the EU’s chlorine plants may be significantly under­reported.

EEB’s newly released document sets out key recommendations on better ecological management of this sector:

  • An industry-specific law including a sunset date for the mercury-using process should be set. The EEB has been advocating 2010 as a phase-out date for many years, in line with the 1990 OSPAR Decisionvi.

Until then:

  • The role of the Best Available Technique Reference Documents (BREFs) and BAT acknowledged membrane cell technology in the IPPC Directive must be made more stringent and permits should be based on that.
  • The BREF document on the chlor-alkali industry needs to be revised rapidly with a maximum
    emission limit value of 0,2- 0,5 g mercury/tonne of chlorine production capacity, for MCCAPs.
  • Continuous monitoring should be required for plants still operating with mercury.
  • Regular reporting should be requested from operators justifying mercury consumption and losses.

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For further information please contact:-

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, EEB Zero Mercury Project Coordinator: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 289 1301

Vanessa Bulkacz, EEB Press & Publications Officer: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 289 1309

Editor’s notes:-

Press release can be found at:

http://www.zeromercury.org/press/081218 PR EEB 0Hg Chlor-AlkaliPubFinalREV. pdf

The new report, ‘The European Chlor-alkali Industry – Is National Implementation of the IPPC Directive contributing to a mercury-free industry?’ and all other EEB/ZMWG reports are available from www.zeromercury.org

Link to new report (December 2008): http://www.zeromercury.org/EUdevelopments/ChlorAlkali-1208- FINAL.pdf

Risky Business! No need for mercury in the chlorine industry. [October 2006] http://www.zeromercury/EU developments/06 111 0RiskyBusinessFINAL.pdf

Status Report: Mercury Cell Chlor-alkali Plants in Europe [October 2006] http://www.zeromercury/EU developments/Final Report CA 31 Oct2006. pdf

Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic, damage the central nervous system and are particularly harmful to foetal development. Mercury builds up in humans and animals and becomes concentrated through the food chain, especially in certain fish. It is widely diffused through the atmosphere and has contaminated global food supplies at levels which pose a major risk to human health, wildlife and the environment.

In the EU more than 40% of chlorine production is still based on the mercury-cell process. Forty-four mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants (MCCAPs) are still in operation in Europe, housing around 11,000 tonnes of mercury.

The European Parliament in its March 2006 resolution on the EU Mercury Strategy called for a phase out of the mercury-cell chlor-alkali industry by 2010.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do;jsessionid=95602FA6620D4603B5773BF54FA62DFD.node 2?language=EN&pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P6-TA-2006-0078+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

i The European Environmental Bureau, (EEB), www.eeb.org, is a federation of more than 150 environmental citizens’ organisations based in EU Member States and most Accession Countries, as well as in a few neighbouring countries. The aim of the EEB is to protect and improve the environment of Europe and to enable the citizens of Europe to play their part in achieving that goal.

The Zero Mercury Working group, www.zeromercury.org, is an international coalition of more than 75 public interest non-governmental organizations from around the world formed in 2005 by the EEB and the Mercury Policy Project/Ban Mercury Working Group. The aim of the group is to reach “‘Zero’ emissions, demand and supply of mercury, from all sources we can control, towards eliminating mercury in the environment at EU level and globally.”

ii Directive 96/61/EC. For the full text of the IPPC Directive please see: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31996L0061:EN:NOT

iii Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Community Strategy Concerning Mercury {SEC(2005) 101} http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52005DC0020:EN:NOT

iv Best available technique Reference (BREF) Document under the IPPC directive, http://eippcb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pages/FActivities.htm

v EEB, by Concorde East/West, Status Report: Mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants in Europe, October 2006.

vi In 1990, OSPAR Decision 90/3 of 14 June, recommended reducing chlor-alkali mercury emissions to 2 grams of mercury per tonne of Cl2 capacity and phasing out the activities of existing mercury-cell installations in chlor-alkali production plants as soon as possible, with the aim of achieving the objective of their total closure by 2010 at the latest, www.ospar.org/documents/dbase/decrecs/decisions/pd90-03e.doc