Funding agreed to cut ozone-depleters
The 14th meeting of parties to the UN Montreal protocol on ozone layer protection ended on Friday with approval of US$573m (€576m) funding to help cut consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in developing countries. The deal replenishes the protocol's multilateral fund for 2003-2005. Meanwhile, the European Commission has proposed amending a 2000 EU regulation on critical uses and export of certain ODS and products containing them. It proposes to establish a timeframe to phase out critical uses of halons, allow some export of CFCs and to introduce EU controls on bromochloromethane. See Unep, and Commission proposal.
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