DoE's strategy on VOCs shows need for further controls

Existing legal controls on industrial and vehicle emissions may only just reduce the UK's emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) below a target required by an international treaty, according to a consultation document issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 13 November.1 But firm proposals for additional measures which would guarantee compliance with the target have not been made in the paper.

The consultation document will form the basis of the UK's strategy for implementing the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) protocol on VOCs. Signed in Geneva last November, the protocol obliges most countries to reduce their VOC emissions by 30% by 1999, with 1988 emissions forming the baseline (ENDS Report 202, pp 40-41).

Negotiations on a second round of emission reductions beyond 2000 will begin soon after the protocol enters in

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