Danish bid to ban F-gases hits turbulence

HFC industry welcomes delay for draft law forced by EU partners, European Commission

A Danish bid to ban virtually all uses of three Kyoto protocol-controlled fluorinated gases by 2006 as part of the country's fight against global warming has suffered a serious setback. Four of Denmark's EU partners as well as the European Commission have objected to the plan on the grounds that it could undermine the bloc's single market.

Denmark's initiative is among the most radical attempts world-wide to cut emissions of HFCs, PFCs and SF6. It was developed in several stages last year (ENDS Daily 9 November 2000) and officially notified to all EU countries in early March. The measure could have been brought into force from Wednesday (6 June) had no objections been raised. As it is, the "standstill" period has been extended to 6 September.

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