Report of the task force on environmentally sound management of mercury in fluorescent lamps

Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) in the Government of India constituted a Task Force, under the chairmanship of Sh. R H Khwaja, Additional Secretary in MoEF; in August, 2007 in view of the exigency for ensuring environmentally sound disposal of the used mercury-bearing lamps, particularly, with the exponential rise in the demand for CFLs and, also, the thrust being put by the Government of India and other State governments for promotion of CFLs due to their energy-saving potential. The main objective of the Task Force was to evolve a policy for environmentally safe management of mercury in CFLs.