SINOMER - Capacity building for reducing mercury pollution in China (completed)

- Case Study in Guizhou province, China

Masterstudent from Department of chemistry is inspecting one of the many primitive mercury ovens in Wanshan, Guizhou.

About the project

The project will provide a general evaluation of the pollution status for Hg in Guizhou, and assess the impacts in environmental and socio-economic terms. Main mercury releasing sources in the region will be identified, as will their anticipated contributions to elevated concentrations in the environment and damages. Emission and release factors for important sources will be established. A selection of abatement options and their costs will be assessed. Information on sources, their impacts and their estimated damage costs will together with identified reduction options and related costs form the basis for cost benefit considerations of the various abatement policies. This will form recommendations of policies for the Chinese authorities to consider.


The project is funded under an agreement between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

The Chinese State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), through the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) is responsible for implementation of the project.

Project leaders for the technical implementation is Tsinghua University and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)


Participating institutions

Chinese State Environmental Protection Agency

Guizhou Environmental Protection Bureau, , Guiyang

Tsinghua University

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Beijing

State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang

Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing

Guiyang Environmental Monitoring Central Station, Guiyang

Guizhou Institute for Environmental Science and Designing, Guiyang

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Oslo

ECON Center for Economic Analysis, Oslo

University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry, Oslo

Published Dec. 14, 2010 2:31 PM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2020 5:38 PM