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European Commission revokes mercury exemptions in LFL and Compact lamps


Mercury EU REACH

On the 16th of December 2021, the commission confirmed that the exemption for mercury in linear fluorescent (LFL) lamps and single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps will be revoked. This is because the uses of mercury can be sufficiently substituted in these lamps.

The commission also decided that this substitution will generate energy savings and stimulate innovation. The proposals have been submitted to the European Parliament and Council for a two-month scrutiny, during which the Parliament will either accept or reject the proposed drafts. If accepted, lamps containing mercury will have to phase out within 18 months from the implementation date. For the compact lamps, the earliest phasing-out period will be 12 months.


Last Update: 2022-01-12