Ministry of Industry and Information Technology releases "China's roadmap for gradually reducing mercury content in fluorescent lamps"
On February 27, in order to implement the State Council's "Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction" and the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Comprehensive Prevention and Control of Heavy Metal Pollution", the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the "Roadmap for China's Gradual Reduction of Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps" (hereinafter " "Roadmap"), according to the roadmap, by 2015, the average mercury content of a single fluorescent lamp product in China will be reduced by about 80% compared with 2010.
"The purpose of the national move is to gradually reduce the mercury content of fluorescent lamps and reduce the use of harmful energy in the industry, so as to effectively promote the green transformation and upgrading of the industry." Lin Boqiang, director of the China Energy Economic Research Center of Xiamen University, said.
The target content is less than 1 mg
It is understood that the light-emitting principle of fluorescent lamps determines that the lamp tube must contain a small amount of mercury vapor, and mercury is a toxic and harmful heavy metal element. Fluorescent lamps are difficult to recycle effectively after being discarded, which not only pollutes the environment but also threatens human health, and poses a potential threat to the green consumer environment.
The country earlier proposed the implementation of green lighting projects in the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction." The "Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Comprehensive Prevention of Heavy Metal Pollution" has made mercury and other heavy metal pollution prevention an important goal.
According to the “12th Five-Year Plan for Industrial Clean Production”, during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, mercury pollution reduction projects will be implemented with the focus on low-mercury fluorescent lamps and the use of mercury-fixing technologies in production. The introduction of a series of policy measures provides a good policy environment for mercury reduction in fluorescent lamps. my country has mastered the production process of mercury solids, and high-performance low-mercury amalgam and other supporting materials have also been domestically produced, which can effectively reduce the mercury content of fluorescent lamps and reduce mercury emissions during production and recycling.
According to the road map, by the end of 2013, strive to phase out the production process of liquid mercury in compact fluorescent lamps (the production process of fluorescent lamps using liquid mercury or liquid mercury wraps as raw materials to produce fluorescent lamps); by the end of 2014, strive to completely eliminate the liquid mercury production process. For domestically produced general-purpose fluorescent lamps with a power of no more than 60 watts, the mercury content will be gradually reduced in three stages in an effort to achieve that the mercury content of more than 50% of products does not exceed the target value of the same stage. According to the plan, by the end of 2014, by eliminating the liquid mercury process, mercury emissions during production will be reduced by about 50% compared to 2010. By 2015, the average mercury content of a single fluorescent lamp product will be reduced by about 80% compared with 2010, and more than half of the fluorescent lamps contain less than 1 mg of mercury.