Brussels prepares controls on HCFCs, methyl bromide

The EC is set to take tougher measures on HCFCs, the ozone-depleting substitutes for the CFCs, and methyl bromide than those agreed at global level last November.Proposals due shortly from the European Commission are expected to propose an end to the availability of HCFCs by 2015, and are already running into opposition from the retail and refrigeration industries.

The new phase of EC controls on ozone-depleting chemicals follows the revision of the global Montreal Protocol on the ozone layer at a meeting in Copenhagen in November (ENDS Report 214, pp 13-15 ). This agreed earlier phase-out schedules for CFCs, halons and other ozone depleters. Stricter rules still for CFCs we

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