DoE consults on "essential" uses of ozone depleters

Businesses still using CFCs, carbon tetrachloride or 1,1,1-trichloroethane have been invited by a Department of the Environment (DoE) consultation paper to submit bids to nominate them as "essential" uses.1 But applicants will have to provide persuasive evidence to have any chance of using new production of these chemicals beyond the phase-out dates laid down by the global Montreal Protocol and by EC law.

Under the Montreal Protocol as revised last November, production of all the chemicals dealt with in the DoE's paper is to end by 1 January 1996. Within the EC, this deadline was quickly brought forward to 1 January 1995 for CFCs and carbon tetrachloride (ENDS Report 215, p 34 ).

However, parties to the Protoc

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