Chemical and Hazardous Waste

Minamata Convention on Mercury

Mercury is a chemical of global concern due to its long-range atmospheric transport, persistence, ability to bioaccumulate in ecosystems and negative effects on human health and the environment.

Joining the global effort to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds, Singapore ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 22 September 2017.

As a Party to the Convention, our key obligations are as follows:

  • Ensure that the export of mercury is only to countries that have provided written consent to the export and for a use/purpose allowed under the Convention;
  • Ensure that mercury imported is not from sources that are not allowed under the Convention;
  • Reduce or phase out specific manufacturing processes listed under Annex B of the Convention in which mercury or mercury compounds are used;
  • Phase out the manufacture, import and export of specific mercury-added products that are listed under Annex A of the Convention;
  • Control emissions of mercury or mercury compounds to the atmosphere; and
  • Control releases of mercury or mercury compounds to land and water.

The text of the Convention including the Annexes of the Convention can be viewed at the official website of the Minamata Convention.