Ban mooted as voluntary approach on CFC refrigerants fails

A practice which has highlighted the irresponsible attitude of some British businesses to the threat to the ozone layer is to be banned by the Government. Proposals issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) in early March would prohibit the import and supply of ozone-depleting refrigerants in non-refillable containers.1

The proposals come almost two years after the European Commission issued a Recommendation on the reduction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) usage in the refrigeration industry. One step urged by the instrument was that Member States "use their best endeavours" to "introduce measures with a view to phasing out the use of disposable CFC containers."

Since then, most EC countries have banned the supply of refrigerant in such containers, and the

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