- The characteristics of mercury and mercury releases
- The main elements of mercury releases inventories
- Main anthropogenic sources of mercury releases to the environment
- The use of calculation spreadsheets and emission factors to quantify mercury releases
The "Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases", the "Toolkit", is intended to assist countries in developing national mercury releases inventories. The Toolkit guides the inventory developer through the different stages of identifying sources and quantifying the consumption and releases of mercury from these sources. It provides a methodology, and a database enabling the development of consistent inventories, it includes examples and extensive information on mercury release sources. The “Toolkit“ exists in two versions:
1. "Inventory Level 1" provides a simplified version of the Toolkit, as well as calculation spreadsheets and a reporting template, to make the development of an broad mercury inventory considerably easier.
2. "Inventory Level 2" is the comprehensive version, including a detailed description of all mercury sources, useful for anyone wishing to learn more about a specific mercury release source, including environmental authorities and researchers.