EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer
The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported.
The EEA’s annual report on ozone-depleting substances confirms that the EU keeps contributing to the global phase-out of chemicals harming the ozone layer, in line with its commitments under the Montreal Protocol. Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are widely used in refrigerants, polymers, pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals.
The new EEA report shows that the consumption of ozone-depleting substances in the EU in 2018 remained negative (-1 505 tonnes), which means that more of these substances were destroyed or exported than produced or imported. The EU’s consumption of these substances has been negative since 2010 with the exception of 2012.
The results reflect the successful implementation of the EU's 'ODS Regulation' (EC) No 1005/2009, which goes further than the Montreal Protocol, in combination with high destruction rates and decreasing stocks.
The EEA report is published on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which is marked every year on 16 September.
In 1989, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force. Its objective is to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). The protocol covers over 200 individual substances with a high ozone-depleting potential (ODP), including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride (CTC), 1,1,1-Trichloroethane (TCA), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs), bromochloromethane (BCM) and methyl bromide (MB), all of which are referred to as ‘controlled substances’.
The Montreal Protocol was amended in October 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda, to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Used as substitutes to CFCs, HFCs are potent greenhouse gases and their production and consumption has grown significantly over the last decades. Both developed and developing countries have taken on mandatory commitments to reduce production and consumption of HFCs in the next three decades.
Stopping the use of ozone-depleting substances is crucial to protecting the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere. The ozone layer serves an important function in protecting life on Earth as it absorbs the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can pose a danger to the environment and human health.
Latest News from
Read-out of the phone call between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab06/08/2020 13:25:00
Commission President von der Leyen spoke this morning with Hassan Diab, Prime Minister of Lebanon.
State aid: Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations and their related entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak06/08/2020 10:25:00
The European Commission has approved a €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations (NPOs) and their related entities in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon05/08/2020 16:10:00
Statement given by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google05/08/2020 13:25:00
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation.
State aid: Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in Italy05/08/2020 09:25:00
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €200 million voucher scheme to help low-income families in Italy access high-speed broadband services.
Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong04/08/2020 13:25:00
As set out in the Council conclusions of 24 July, the EU is following closely the political situation in Hong Kong and reiterates that it is essential that the Legislative Council elections take place in an environment which is conducive to the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
Dietary sugars – new date in 2021 for safety assessment04/08/2020 11:33:00
The timing of EFSA’s assessment of the safety of dietary sugars has been revised due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the review of the exceptionally high volume of scientific information being considered.
Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed04/08/2020 10:38:00
The Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2019, and the performance of Member States in various policy areas.
EBA And ESMA Launch Consultation to Revise Joint Guidelines For Assessing The Suitability of Members of The Management Body And Key Function Holders04/08/2020 09:25:00
The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Supervisory Market Authority (ESMA) recently (31 July 2020) launched a public consultation on their revised joint Guidelines.