new manufacturing bans decided at international level

New bans on the manufacture of products containing mercury from 1Ahem January 2026 were decided at the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Minamata Convention, which took place from March 21 to 25, 2022 in Bali (Indonesia).

These bans, indicates the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, concern various types of fluorescent lamps, mercury vacuum pumps, wheel balancers and wheel counterweights, photographic films and papers, as well as propellants for satellites and spacecraft. A decision on dental amalgam was also adopted calling on States to favor the use of mercury in predosed or encapsulated form, discourage the use of amalgam for sensitive categories of people, and generalize the use of alternative solutions.

Parties also discussed artisanal mining. Is about “the largest source of mercury emissions to the environment, even more than emissions from coal-fired power plants, which rank second says the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Through a new decision, the States decided that all mercury waste resulting from gold mining should be managed in an environmentally sound manner to avoid any contamination of the environment, and that national action plans should aim to phase out the use of mercury. in gold mining after consultation with local communities. States Parties have also adopted the non-binding Bali Declaration to combat illegal trade in mercury.

The Minamata Convention was signed on October 10, 2013, in order to combat mercury, a heavy metal that persists in the environment, which can affect the neurological development of the fetus and cause reduced fertility, brain and nerve damage. as well as the heart. illness. The convention entered into force on August 16, 2017. It now has 37 contracting parties. At the European Union level, the use of mercury is subject to restrictions by a regulation of May 17, 2017, which the Commission plans to strengthen.

Article published on April 11, 2022


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