LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
Accelerating the transition to clean, LED lighting in Latin America and the Caribbean would prevent the region from becoming a dumping ground for inefficient technologies.
Minamata Convention Ratification Map
Latin America & The Caribbean
In May 2021, Colombia announced it would no longer allow the manufacture, import or export of products containing added mercury. The policy, following the framework of the Minamata Convention, put Colombia on the forefront of the transition to cleaner, safer consumer products for Colombian homes and businesses.
Carlos Correa, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development noted the significant environmental health benefits associated with the decree, writing that the policy “is a great advance for the country. With this measure, we seek to protect the environment. We are making steady progress on one of our main goals: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51 percent by 2030."