European Commission seeks new curbs on HCFCs, methyl bromide

New controls on HCFCs, including a ban on their use in all refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment from 2008, are included in a revision of the 1994 EC Regulation on ozone-depleting substances prepared by the European Commission. The draft would also oblige Member States to set up qualification schemes for refrigeration engineers with a view to minimising leaks of ozone depleters during equipment servicing.

Stricter controls on HCFCs - which have lower ozone depletion potentials than CFCs and are transitional substitutes for them - were first proposed last year by the Commission's Environment Directorate, DGXI, in the face of opposition from European producers (ENDS Report 273, pp 39-40 ).

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