EU seeks global squeeze on methyl bromide

The EU is preparing for a tussle with America over continued usage of the ozone-depleting chemical methyl bromide, the European Commission revealed this week. Next week parties to the Montreal ozone layer protocol will consider requested exemptions from a general ban on methyl bromide use in developed countries effective from 2005. The European Commission wants the 16,685 tonnes requested by parties (10,000 tonnes from the USA) to be reduced by three-quarters. It wants similar cuts imposed on requests for 5,000 tonnes made by eight EU states. See memo.

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