Ministers agree on ozone depleters, sulphur in gas oil

An accelerated phase-out of ozone-depleting chemicals is now certain following a meeting of EC Environment Ministers on 23 March. Ministers also agreed new controls on sulphur in gas oil and on waste produced by the titanium dioxide industry. But little progress was made on a proposal to regulate waste shipments.

The Environment Council brought rapid agreement on a European Commission proposal on ozone-depleting chemicals submitted only in early March. The proposal was not in the form of draft legislation, but a framework for a negotiating position for the EC to take into talks which begin in Geneva in April on the revision of the global Montreal Protocol on protection of the ozone layer.

Scientific investigations over the past few months h

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