Europe drives down methyl bromide consumption

Consumption to be cut to 14% of 1991 level as governments speed up ozone-depleter phase-out

The EU will drive down usage of the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide in 2005, the European Commission revealed on Friday. An EU official welcomed governments' "tremendous commitment" to phasing out the chemical ahead of schedules agreed under the UN Montreal protocol.

Methyl bromide is already officially banned in developed countries, but with exemptions for situations where it is difficult to replace. At international talks in March the EU pushed for agreement that countries should at least cap their 2005 consumption at no more than 30% of 1991 levels (EED 29/03/04).

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