Monday 19 November, 13:15-14:45

Mercury waste management technology

13h15-13h30 - Batrec Industrie AG
Batrec Industrie AG is a company in the Veolia Group and specialised in responsible mercury waste treatment services. We treat in Switzerland nearly all types of waste that contain mercury from all over the world. We are actively involved in the realization of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Batrec Industrie AG has developed and operates successfully a solution to stabilise mercury for safe and sustainable disposal. The Batrec solution provides a complete service for mercury disposal including treatment, transport, container handling, transfrontier shipment formalities as well as reporting.
We would like to make a technical presentation of our stabilization technology. Apart from technical aspects we will focus on our traceability concept, which is based on external supervision, external sampling and external analytics of the Hg and HgS. We would also show some case studies of successfully completed stabilization projects from the Cl-Alkali-industry.

13:30-13:45 - BMT Group
BMT Group was founded in 1994 in the Netherlands to treat mercury wastes from the industry. Treatment is by proprietary technology and is vacuum distillation based with various (incl.heat absorption) methods applied. Mercury residue is stabilized and properly disposed off.
BMT expanded thru the years to become the only specialist company in treatment of all wastes and re-usable materials contaminated with mercury.
BMT strongly advocates not to transport waste contaminated with a high level of mercury overseas and through ecological sensitive areas. A distinction can be made between:

  1. Lightly contaminated mercury waste such as e-waste, in which the mercury is fixed in other matter. If there is contact with water or air, mercury does not easily release and pollute the surroundings. This waste can be transported by sea.
  2. Highly contaminated mercury waste from industry such as absorbents, catalyst, sludges, PPE, filters, and activated carbon in which elemental mercury can easily leak and/or evaporate. This waste should not be transported by sea.

BMT hence operates thru tailormade local solutions where mercury waste occurs instead of mercury waste being transported to other continents, resulting in BMT having the broadest geographical footprint in treatment facilities in the world. BMT supports regional mercury waste collection points, with capable treatment solutions, followed by ESM storage.

13:45-14:00 - ECON Industries Services GmbH
Since 15 years our mission is to avoid industrial hazardous wastes. Local and decentral resource recovery and reuse is superior compared to waste export, landfilling and incineration. We are Germany based machinery suppliers, technology innovators and coaches. We encourage people to walk new paths together with us and help them to deal with their hazardous wastes, using state-of-the art, reliable technologies. We transfer know how and create locally new, intelligent jobs. The sooner our clients can deal with their wastes on their own, the better for us. Worldwide, we provide low cost, energy efficient, local and decentral solutions - for mercury wastes as well as many other hazardous waste streams such as contaminated soils, sludge, spent catalyst, spent activated carbon.

14:00-14:15 - Nomura Kohsan Co., Ltd.
Succeeding mercury refining technologies from a predecessor who was in mercury mining business, Nomura Kohsan Co. Ltd., was founded in 1973 to treat mercury wastes. The basic process of treatment is roasting the mercury wastes with temperature of 600-800 Celsius in order to vaporize and separate the mercury which is liquefied by cooling process afterward. Further, the collected mercury can be stabilized and solidified with sulfur by Nomura Khosan's technology. At this moment Nomura Khosan accepts ANY kinds of mercury wastes, including florescent lamps, button batteries, mercury sphygmomanometers, clinical thermometers, activated carbon saturated with mercury and mercury containing sludge.

14:15-14:30 - REMONDIS QR
REMONDIS QR is located in Germany since 1989 and has a long standing experience in treating all types of mercury waste and mercury – from mercury buttom cells to mercury containing sludge. REMONDIS QR applies vacuum distillation technology in all it's units, with final stabilization of liquid mercury and sound disposal off in German underground mine.
REMONDIS QR promotes “collect local – treat central”: for reasons of HSE only a stationary operating systems is able to cope with the high demanding European Law and Regulations, according to Minamata Convention. Who wants to ban mercury from the world and it's people needs high skills and know how mercury can be treated - not necessarily there, where it arises. After all: safe and proper road- and sea-transport of hazardous waste – including mercury waste – is feasible these days, according to ADR/IMDG code.

14:30-14:45 - SARP Industries
SARP Industries is a company in the Veolia Group and specialised in responsible hazardous waste treatment services. With a capacity of >800.000 tons SARP Industries is the biggest operator of high temperature incineration plants in Europe. In its ambition to reduce the Hg emissions of its incineration plants SARP Industries has developed an innovative technology to effectively remove Hg from the off-gas.
The technology combines the well known powder carbon injection process with the injection of a bromine solution. Linking the injection to a reliable Hg online measurement system enables a (cost) effective dosage of bromine and carbon, only when it is required. This minimizes the consumption of adsorbents (and produced waste) on the one hand and guarantees even a full removal of Hg peaks on the other hand.
The system can easily be installed on existing plants and contribute to a significant reduction of Hg emissions from incineration plants.
The presentation will also cover the correct disposal of the residues generated during the off-gas treatment.


Monday 19 November, 18:15-19:00

Mercury issues in the Amazon
WWF International

The Amazon region is a unique environmental icon. Spanning more than a third of the South American continent, it contains the greatest share of biodiversity in the world. Further, it is home to more than 34 million human inhabitants, including some 3 million indigenous peoples. It is an invaluable source of water, food, shelter, medicines, and culture to these people of diverse origins, stretching back thousands of years.
However, today the Amazon is under threat. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is a prominent source of livelihoods and income in the region. These informal, unregulated operations make heavy use of mercury in the gold purification process, which is then released into the water and air. This mercury is carried far from the mines, irreversibly contaminating plants and animals throughout the region. Ultimately, it has severe negative impacts on the health, productivity, and quality of life of people living across the Amazon.
Based on the findings of Healthy Rivers Healthy People, WWF urges governments, gold wholesalers and retailers, consumers, and miners themselves to take immediate action against the rampant use of mercury in the Amazon. Governments must enact and enforce meaningful anti-mercury policies, and gold and gold products retailers must commit to sourcing all gold through verified responsible supply chains. Failure to do so will result in the continued poisoning and destruction of one of our planet’s most important environmental resources.

    Programme:
  • Overview of the challenge in the Amazon- WWF
  • Implementing the Convention- Government Representative
  • How is WWF addressing the challenge in the Amazon?
    1. Partnering with UNEP- UNEP Speaker
    2. Partnering with Dalberg- Dalberg Geneva
    3. Our Call to Action-WWF

Tuesday 20 November, 13:15-14:45

How to formalize the ASGM sector for inclusive sustainable development? - Guidance and practice of participatory approaches
UNITAR, UN Environment, CIRDI, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
Partners: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Government of Ecuador

The Minamata Convention on Mercury obliges Parties to include “steps to formalize or regulate the ASGM sector” in the National Action Plans (NAPs), which serves as an important measure to effectively manage mercury use and to unlock the sector’s full sustainable development potential. The purpose of this knowledge lab is to share new guidance and practical experiences in the formalization of the ASGM sector and the management of mercury in the sector, with a focus on participatory approaches. First, UNITAR and the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership (GMP) will showcase their Formalization Handbook for countries developing NAPs. The Handbook provides step-by-step guidance for the development of a national strategy for formalizing the ASGM sector. It also introduces a framework for inclusive formalization in line with a human rights-based approach, focusing on the participation of local stakeholders of ASGM sector in the formalization process. Following the introduction of the Handbook, professor Mariano Castro, former vice-minister of Peru, will reflect on his country’s experience in formalizing the ASGM sector, highlighting challenges, successful approaches and best practices.
Subsequently, CIRDI will introduce a variety of participatory, bottom-up learning techniques that can be employed in collaboration with artisanal miners and other stakeholders, with the aim of facilitating the adoption of better mining practices and the formalization of the ASGM sector. CIRDI will discuss the effectiveness of these approaches by sharing experience from its project ‘Education for the Transformation of Artisanal to Small-scale Mining, Ecuador’. A representative from the government of Ecuador shall further share key lessons learned from the project, which can help in addressing similar challenges that are faced elsewhere in the ASGM sector.
Finally, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia shall share Indonesia’s experiences in managing, regulating, and empowering ASGM actors. Panelists shall discuss several policies that have been implemented, and their effects on managing mercury use and pursuing broader development objectives. The Mission of Indonesia shall further discuss the necessity for international collaboration at both global and bilateral levels for developing alternative technologies to mercury.


Wednesday 21 November, 13:15-14:00

Mercury in the European Environment and Population
European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union, whose task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.
The EEA is involved in a number of work areas related to mercury in the environment, and is a partner in the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative, HBM4EU. We propose to present an overview of ongoing and future work as part of a dynamic, interactive and participatory knowledge lab, which should be of interest to a broad group of attendees at the COP2 meeting. A summary of the topics to be covered is given below.
1. The EEA has recently (September 2018) published a non-technical review of ‘Mercury in Europe’s Environment’, with the aim of this report being to:

  • increase general awareness and knowledge of the risks posed by mercury;
  • provide an overview of the status of mercury pollution in Europe as well as within the overall global context, including data on water quality, industrial emissions and mercury usage;
  • review the current and future measures which are being taken in Europe and globally to address mercury pollution;
  • provide citizens with actions which they can take to minimise risks and to support ongoing European and global actions with regard to mercury.


This topic will be presented using a combination of animations/video, verbal presentation and audience engagement. Printed copies of the report will also be made available. The presentation will be provided by an expert from the EEA, Dr. Ian Marnane.

2. HBM4EU is the European initiative to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe. The initiative is a joint effort of 28 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, co-funded under Horizon 2020.
HBM4EU will provide better evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects, to support policy making.
Mercury is a priority substance under HBM4EU, meaning that HBM4EU partners are working to:

  • Collate existing human biomonitoring data on mercury in Europe;
  • Communicate the risks of mercury exposure to non-technical audiences;
  • Promote harmonised methods and approaches for monitoring mercury in humans; and
  • Foster the use of human biomonitoring data on mercury to inform strategic risk management actions on mercury.

The HBM4EU initiative will be presented via a short video.

We then suggest to present data on human exposure to mercury produced under the Democophes project, as a European baseline. We would then briefly present key activities on mercury under HBM4EU. The speakers will be key personnel involved in the HBM4EU project. HBM4EU partners are open to building partnerships with the Minamata Secretariat and partners, and would view this as an excellent opportunity to discuss future collaborations.


Wednesday 21 November, 14:00-14:45

Open waste burning – emerging evidence from developing countries
UN Environment and UNITAR

UNITAR and UN Environment are currently collecting new data on different aspects of the open waste burning issue in relation to mercury. This includes emerging literature data on mercury concentrations in waste in developing countries, and the emissions and releases of mercury from open waste burning to the environment, as well as any original data on the current trends on input of waste with products and materials. The knowledge lab will present preliminary data from this work, discuss the significance of this source to global emissions, and highlight some of the challenges in curbing these emissions and releases.


Wednesday 21 November, 18:15-19:00

Lessons learned: Useful Tools for the Effectiveness Evaluation in 21st century
The Czech Republic and Italy

Speakers:
Professor Jana Klanova, RECETOX, Masaryk University, Czech Republic - 10 years of Lessons learned in supporting the Effectiveness Evaluation in 21st century. What can visualizations do.
Dr. Nicola Pirrone, CNR-IIA, Italy - ERA-PLANET and what it can do for the Minamata Convention Moderator - (to be confirmed)


Thursday 22 November, 13:15-14:45

Existing Global Mercury Monitoring Networks and Programs
Biodiversity Research Institute and National Research Council (or Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Our objective is to assist Minamata Convention delegates in better understanding the geographic extent of some of the existing mercury monitoring networks and programs. In response, key leading scientists will provide descriptions of relevant and associated activities.
The target audience includes delegates and others who are interested in garnering a further understanding of existing mercury monitoring networks and the approaches applied by countries and collaborations. The presenters and their associated networks and programs are:

  • Context of EE Needs – By UN Environment or TBD
  • GEO Flagship on Global Observation System for Mercury – Nicola Pirrone (CNR)
  • Japan's mercury monitoring programmes and associated regional networking activities – Tatsuya Hattori (IDEA Inc., on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
  • Canada’s Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Network (ECCC-AMM)– Sandy Steffen (Environment Canada)
  • Global Biotic Mercury Synthesis and application to the Caribbean Region Mercury Monitoring Network – David Evers (BRI)
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program – Eva Kruemmel (on behalf of Simon Wilson - AMAP)

Thursday 22 November, 18:15-19:00

Piloting Mercury Phaseout/down from the Health Sector in Zambia
Zambia Environmental Management Agency/ through GEF/UNDP Reducing UPOPs & Mercury Releases from the health Sector in Africa Project. Aka- Medical Waste Project

Zambia’s participating in the four Regional African Countries, entitled “Reducing UPOPs and Mercury Releases from the Health Sector in Africa”. involving Ghana Madagascar, Tanzania and (“Zambia”). The project’s objectives are twofold among other things. Namely;

  1. Promoting best practices and techniques for healthcare waste management with the aim of minimizing or eliminating releases of unintended Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to help countries meet their obligations under the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
  2. Phasing-down the use of Mercury containing medical devices and products under the Minamata convention.

The presentation will showcase the current piloting of mercury phase out from selected healthcare facilities, the inventory, challenges & lessons being experienced in withdrawing of mercury, provision of alternatives (NMCM) devices to healthcare, experiences in handling of the centrally temporal storage facility. Monitoring protocols until appropriate measures of permanent disposal are mutated.

    Expected Speakers:
  • Nkandu Brian – UNDP/ UPOPs & Mercury Releases Project
  • Ms. Florence Muleka Kabinga – Ministry of Health
  • Ms. Perine Nkosi Kasonde – ZEMA
  • Mr. Chris Kanema - ZEMA

Friday 23 November, 14:00-14:45

Fostering integrity and control of mercury supply chains
OECD

The purpose of the knowledge lab would be to:

  • remind participants of the obligations of the producing countries with regard to domestic production of mercury (Minamata Convention Executive Secretary)
  • go through the existing literature on existing mercury production and supply chains to give a sense of the magnitude of the issue
  • enable miners to explain how the mercury trade works on the ground, what role the Hg trade plays in the gold transaction, etc.
  • talk about existing projects and preliminary ideas for joint research / advocacy / policy work (also potentially involving law enforcement agencies?).

The expected result would be to establish contacts with interested stakeholders, connect and streamline existing initiatives, and identify any potential gaps that could be addressed by implementation of complementary projects. Target audience would mainly governments and IOs representatives, as well as NGOs.

    Expected speakers would include:
  • Secretariat of the Minamata Convention
  • OECD
  • World Bank
  • ASMiner
  • UN Environment / UNITAR
  • Governmental representative of US or Mexico
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