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Mercury Thermostat Product Stewardship Initiative Issue Identification and Prioritization Portland, Oregon July 20-21, 2004.

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1 Mercury Thermostat Product Stewardship Initiative Issue Identification and Prioritization Portland, Oregon July 20-21, 2004

2 PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative2 Preparation of Background Research Summary Research initiated in fall of 2003 Reviewed published literature –Reports on mercury thermostats and/or collection programs –Reports on mercury issues generally that include information on thermostats –Websites Incorporated unpublished research from Oregon (wholesaler, contractor surveys)

3 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative3 Stakeholder Interviews Identified relevant stakeholder groups for participation in process –State/local governments –Thermostat manufacturers –Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) –HVAC wholesalers –HVAC contractors –Demolition contractors –Thermostat retailers –Energy conservation firms –Environmental groups

4 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative4 Stakeholder Interviews (cont.) Identified persons with knowledge of issues willing to participate in PSI process Developed set of questions for each stakeholder group Conducted interviews in fall/winter of

5 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative5 Stakeholder Input Solicited on Draft Report and Ranking of Issues April 23 – 1 st Draft of Background Research Summary and Issues/Strategies Survey –Survey: stakeholders asked to rank issues in order of priority and indicate strength of agreement/disagreement with potential strategies –Limited number of survey responses July 11 – 2 nd Draft of Background Research Summary

6 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative6 Issue Categorization Based on limited survey responses, interviews, and public positions Three categories for seven issues identified: 1.Category A – High degree of interest and possible to achieve final product after two meetings 2.Category B – Significant interest and possible to make good progress on issue 3.Category C – Lesser interest and/or issue appears less amenable to short-term negotiated resolution

7 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative7 Issue Categorization (cont.) Category A –HVAC contractor participation - program awareness (Issue 1) –HVAC contractor participation – collection options (Issue 2) –Thermostat recycling program measures of success (Issue 4)

8 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative8 Issue Categorization (Cont.) Category B –HVAC contractor participation - Increasing motivation (Issue 3) –Mercury thermostat recycling by homeowners/non-professionals (Issue 5) Category C –Mercury thermostat recycling by demolition contractors (Issue 6) –Continued sales of mercury thermostats (Issue 7)

9 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative9 Oregon Survey Results Wholesaler Survey: Heidi Sickert, Oregon Environmental Council Contractor Survey: Abby Boudouris, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

10 July 20-21, 2004PSI Thermostat Stewardship Initiative10 Why Are We Here? Mercury releases into the environment should be minimized. Hundreds of tons of mercury in existing thermostats. Mercury can be released at thermostat’s end of life. All stakeholders believe the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats should be encouraged and increased.


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