Phase-out schedule emerges for ozone depleters

A broad international consensus that production of the main ozone-depleting chemicals should be banned by the end of 1995 was reached at an official meeting under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva on 8-17 July. But countries remain divided on the need for interim reduction targets for CFCs and methyl chloroform, and on how to curb two other types of ozone depleters, the pesticide methyl bromide and the CFC substitutes, HCFCs.

The Geneva meeting was the last in the run-up to a high-level meeting in Copenhagen on 17-25 November at which the global Montreal Protocol on the protection of the ozone layer will be revised. The Protocol currently provides for a ban on the CFCs, halons and carbon tetrachloride in 2000. The phase-out date for methyl chloroform is 2005.

It is now agreed that this phase-out schedule should be brought forward in the light of recent scienti

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