April 14, 2022

What happened at the second segment of the fourth Conference of the Parties for the Minamata Convention on Mercury?

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) participated at the COP 4.2 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from 21 to 25 March 2022. Its main priorities for COP4.2 included the following: Phasing out of additional mercury added products and processes via modification of Annexes […]
May 4, 2021

Africa lights a path for Europe to ban toxic mercury in fluorescent bulbs

With African countries demanding the phasing out of fluorescent light bulbs containing mercury, it is high time for the EU to roll out its much-delayed ban of these toxic products.
May 4, 2021

African Countries Lead in Global Effort to Eliminate Toxic Lighting

The Zero Mercury Working Group and the Clean Lighting Coalition applaud a proposed amendment by the African Region to phase out most fluorescent lamps at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. All fluorescent lights contain mercury. Broken or discarded bulbs haphazardly […]
April 20, 2021

EU is revising the Mercury Regulation

The EU started the process of reviewing its Mercury Regulation. While the use of mercury is restricted in most products in the EU, in some products its use still occurs. This initiative focuses on further restricting the remaining uses of mercury in the EU, especially in dental amalgam and certain other mercury-added products, such […]
March 16, 2021

Wasting time and money

Banning mercury-based light sources by September 2021 would save more than 300 TWh of electricity by 2035 in the EU, according to the European Commission’s own assessments in July 2020 as it mulled a ban on mercury in lamps under to RoHS Directive. However, no decision has been proposed to […]