Statistics in brief - Lead, cadmium and mercury

Lead, cadmium and mercury - quantities in Sweden
Time period 1880-1995 1900-1995 1800-2000
Accumulated used quantity during the period, tonnes 2,000,000 5,000 4,000
Accumulated emissions during the period, tonnes 200,000 1,500 3,000
Quantity as waste or for recycling during the period, tonnes 1,400,000? 2,500? 500?
Presently used in Sweden, tonnes 400,000 Appr. 1,000 500
Present emission from products in Sweden, tonnes annually 60-200 0.5-0.8 1.1*

Source: Indicators for the flow of mercury, cadmium and lead in the society, Bo Bergbäck, University of Kalmar, October 2004. Report made on behalf of KemI.

* To the reports' emission data for products data of emissions from combustion and industry are added, 0.8 tonnes 2004 according to the Swedish EPA.

The table shows the estimated quantities of the metals lead, cadmium and mercury that have been used in Sweden. The time period for which the estimation has been done was chosen by how long the substance has had a not neglectable technical use in Sweden and for which it has been possible to find information sources to estimate this use.

All quantities are shown in tonnes to give a quick perception of the orders of magnitude.