Latin America. Casio Corporation reiterated its position as a green and socially responsible company by reporting that it complies with the guidelines established by the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, which in force in 2017.

However, since 2010, Casio has avoided the use of this substance, commonly seen in products such as spotlights, thermometers and batteries, when introducing to the market its family of LampFree projectors, equipment that uses a laser-LED light source instead of a lamp. mercury.

The Minamata Convention
Signed by close to 100 nations, in October of 2013, during the Plenipotentiary Conference in Kumamoto, Japan, the Minamata Convention aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and its compounds, by means a series of measures that all parties involved - producers, manufacturers and users - must follow throughout the natural life cycle of the substance.

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The highlights of the Minamata Convention include the banning of new mercury mines and the phasing out of existing ones, the reduction of the use of mercury in a series of products and processes, the promotion of measures to control emissions into the atmosphere , land and water, as well as regulation of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. The Convention also deals with the temporary storage of mercury and its disposal once it becomes waste.

After having been ratified by more than 50 countries of the five continents, including Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Ecuador and Brazil in Latin America, the Agreement officially entered into force on the past 16 of August of 2017, as a regulatory norm that it seeks not only to protect the planet and its inhabitants from the harmful effects of mercury, but also to transform and modernize the means of production in order to be more efficient, clean, sustainable and socially responsible.

Article 4 of the Minamata Convention, relating to mercury-added products, states that "each Party shall prohibit, by taking appropriate measures, the manufacture, import and export of products with added mercury [...] after the specified removal date [2020] ". That is to say that, for the year 2020, it is expected that products such as batteries, fluorescent lamps used in conventional lighting, as well as steam lamps such as those used in projectors and other household electrical appliances, leave aside the use of mercury in their processes of manufacture.

Casio for the environment
In that sense, Casio has positioned itself as a leader in the development and production of mercury-free projectors from the 2010. Thanks to its laser / LED hybrid light source, Casio's LampFree projectors are not only efficient, savers and more durable, but contribute to the reduction of the ecological footprint and cleanliness of the environment, by complying with standards and regulations of the Minamata Convention.

Casio's LampFree technology eliminates the use of lamps that contain highly toxic mercury, while giving rise to thin, lightweight and compact projectors, with low energy consumption and virtually zero CO2 emissions.

In addition, since they do not have a conventional lighting system (mercury lamp), LampFree projectors do not require constant maintenance, and are able to offer up to 20,000 hours of useful life, which entails a considerable saving in the total cost of ownership of the equipment.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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