Source: ZKG

Issue

  • Mercury is present in the raw materials (e.g., limestone) and/or in the fuel (e.g.,coal) released in the combustion process.The major pathway for mercury releases from the cement industry is via emissions to the atmosphere.
  • Cement industry contributes an estimated 10% or about 190 metric tons of the estimated total of 1921 metric tons per year of global anthropogenic mercury emissions.
  • Emerging markets of the world will lead to an unprecedented rate of construction of new cement plants resulting in further emissions of mercury

More on mercury releases from cement industry

Partnership priority actions

  • Establish sectoral mercury inventories and baseline scenarios for the industry.
  • Encourage use of most appropriate technique to reduce or minimize mercury releases into the environment.
  • Increase the awareness of the cement industry to mercury as a pollutant through increased outreach efforts.

Partnership area leads

Lead: Ms. Claude Lorea
Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA)