States agree further cuts in ozone depleters

Montreal protocol parties start setting 2007 caps on rich countries' use of methyl bromide and CFCs

Parties of the UN Montreal protocol on protecting the global ozone layer have agreed further cuts in industrialised countries' allowable use of banned substances during talks in Dakar, Senegal that ended on Friday.

National usage limits for methyl bromide in 2007 were agreed only for Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA. The countries' combined cap will be 7,466 tonnes, 21% down on their collective 2005 allowance.

The EU said it wanted to give more time for development of replacement technologies before proposing figures. It also fought off US proposals to switch from annual to multi-year exemption setting. Europe's cap will be well under the 2,777 tonnes used in 2005, an EU official told ENDS Europe Daily (EED 31/08/05).

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