Laws updated on ozone-depleting substances

A series of measures introducing new controls on the use of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) were outlined in two consultation papers issued by the Environment Department (DEFRA) in May. Both papers apply to Great Britain.

One proposes regulations prescribing offences and penalties applicable to infringements of the EU Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases, plus powers for enforcement bodies.1 The 2006 Regulation aims to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride, and sets provisions for emissions monitoring, leakage inspection and recovering the gases from discarded equipment (ENDS Report 373, pp 41-42 ).

The other consultation paper invites views on proposals that amend existing regulations setting out controls on ODSs.2 They introduce new requirements for prior authorisation of methyl bromide fumigation and update powers for enforcement bodies. They also create new offences of failure to supply information on halon exports and production or use of bromochloromethane.

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