Working Groups

Zero Mercury Working Group

Zero Mercury Working Group

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world (including EEB member organisations) formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project. ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum. Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.

Topics of interest to the group include (inter alia):

  • Mercury use in Products (thermometers, sphygmomanometers, barometers, dental amalgam, energy saving lamps etc) 
  • Mercury Emissions from Coal combustion and other industries 
  • Mercury use in Processes (e.g. Chlorine sector)
  • Mercury in Fish 
  • Mercury Supply and Trade (e.g primary mining, storage) 
  • Mercury waste 
  • Mercury in Artisanal and Small Scale Goldmining

The ZMWG meets usually before crucial international meetings to strategize and plan action and activities at EU and international level as necessary, and is co-coordinated by the Zero Mercury Campaign Project Manager Elena Lymberidi-Settimo and Michael Bender (Director, MPP), with the support of the ZMWG Coordination Team - comprised of ZMWG NGO members covering the different regions of the world.

The ZMWG has its own website:



For more info, please contact:


Project Coordinator: Zero Mercury Campaign

Tel: +32 (0) 2 289 13 01