UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
DRAFT Business Plan
Mercury releases from the cement industry – A new partnership area
7 June 2012
NOTE: This is a preliminary business plan draft written in anticipation of the formation of a Cement Industry Sector partnership formed under the auspices of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. Input is sought on the content of the business plan and interested potential partners are asked to signal interest to UNEP. A revised draft of this business plan (based on input received from potential partners) will be presented to the fourth meeting of the Partnership Advisory Group scheduled for September 2012.
This business plan for the Cement Industry partnership area of the Global Mercury Partnership (GMP) provides a framework for developing and implementing actions in the cement industry that address the overall objective of the GMP. It serves as a common, cohesive structure within which partners can plan, implement and communicate work with the cement industry leading to reduced mercury releases. It serves as a planning and communication vehicle both for Partners and others.
The partnership area is open to government and non-government partners and UNEP welcomes the broadest possible collaboration. In UNEP Governing Council Decision 24/3 part IV paragraph 27, UNEP is tasked with working in consultation with Governments and stakeholders to strengthen the UNEP Global Mercury Partnerships. New activities and partners are encouraged within the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.
Summary of the Issue
* The cement manufacturing process typically involves heating a mixture of limestone (CaCO3) and additive materials-containing silica, alumina, and iron to produce “clinker” which is mixed with gypsum to produce cement. In many countries the primary use of cement is the production of concrete, formed by mixing it with gravel, sand and water.
* The major pathway for mercury releases from the cement industry is via...