Geneva, 22 August 2016
CSI member companies have once again come together to combine their experience and knowledge to develop guidance on a topic of utmost importance to the sector – mercury emissions. The Guidance for reducing and controlling emissions of mercury compounds in the cement industry is an invaluable reference for engineers and technicians seeking information on mercury, its impacts and relevance to the cement sector and in particular the technologies and methodologies available for minimizing emissions during cement production.
To aid with the understanding of the methods and technologies, the guidance features explanatory diagrams and tables, with a comprehensive appendices section offering tracking and sampling forms, and lists of sampling materials for example. The guidance has a hyperlinked bibliography and explanation of acronyms to further aid readers to interpret and implement the recommendations provided.
Release of this guidance is an important deliverable listed in the Cement Industry Partnership Business Plan agreed in June 2014 as part of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. The guidance also complements UNEP’s Draft guidance on cement clinker production facilities, which provides a set of best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) for controlling and where feasible reducing mercury emissions to the atmosphere, as set out in Article 8 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.