Report highlights official inaction on halons, CFCs

A new Department of the Environment (DoE) report on halons is the second officially sponsored report to recommend intervention to promote recovery and recycling of ozone depleting chemicals.1 But the Government appears to have no intention of acting to minimise future emissions.

Publication of the report, produced by consultants C S Todd & Associates, coincided with a UK proposal to the European Community that the existing timetable for banning halons under the global Montreal Protocol should be brought forward (ENDS Report 203, p 23-4).

The Protocol requires a progressive reduction and phase-out of halons by 2000. The only exception is for "essential uses", which have yet to be defined. The UK wants the dead

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