Mercury is an element that cannot be destroyed. Policies designed to decrease the production, use and trade of mercury must be accompanied by access to viable, safe and secure long term storage.

The limited sources of mercury supply globally allow targeted action in this area.  Export controls and storage are main instruments to reduce supply. Transparency of trade is also essential for future success in limiting global supply. Primary mining is not required to meet global market demand.

Investing in supply, trade, and storage issue is more efficient than trying to control mercury release.

More on mercury supply and storage

Partnership priority actions

  • Eliminate the production and export of mercury from large scale primary mining.
  • Determine how much mercury will become available from decommissioning of mercury chlor-alkali plants; and the quantity of by-product mercury generated from non-ferrous metal processing, gold mining and oil/gas production.
  • Assess and facilitate availability of options and technologies for storage or final disposal of excess mercury supply from other sources.
  • Facilitate the implementation of export ban legislation in additional countries or regions.

Partnership area leads

Co-lead: Ana García
Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Spain

Co-lead: Judith Torres
Ministerio de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente, Uruguay