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Mercury inventory for New Zealand: 2016

Publication date:  February 2018
Publication reference number:  CR 305

The Ministry for the Environment commissioned JCL Air & Environment Ltd and Graham Environmental Consulting Ltd to update the 2012 mercury inventory. The report provides an inventory of the annual distribution of mercury and mercury-containing goods and materials in New Zealand from anthropogenic (man-made) sources, for a base year of 2016. This inventory builds on the information in the previous 2012 and 2008 mercury inventories.

New Zealand is a signatory to the Minamata Convention, which seeks to control the production and use of mercury due to its environmental and health risks.

The 2016 inventory has been developed using a new, internationally agreed methodology provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

If you have any questions about the inventory, please contact the International team by emailing