MEP urges more stringent EU ozone-depleter rules

Rapporteur Blokland proposes faster HCFC phase-out, fewer exemptions and restrictions on n-PB

The EU should bring forward by five years a plan to phase out of ozone-depleting hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs), according to the MEP leading European parliament discussions on a revision of the EU's 2000 regulation ozone-depleting substances (ODSs).

In draft legislation tabled in August the European commission proposed to bring EU law into line with an international deadline to phase out HCFCs in industrialised countries by 2020 (EED 04/08/08). But Dutch rapporteur Johannes Blokland says the deadline should be advanced to 2015, as recommended in an EU consultancy report (EED 06/12/07).

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