European Environment Agency (EEA)

Ozone-depleting substances 2013


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Aggregated data reported by companies on the import, export, production, destruction and feedstock and process agent use of ozone-depleting substances in the European Union


The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force in 1989 and aims to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out more than 200 substances, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs), carbon tetrachloride (CTC), trichloroethane (TCA), hydrochloromethane (BCM) and methylbromide (MB). Most known substances with a significant ozone-depleting potential (ODP) are therefore covered by the Montreal Protocol. Within the European Union (EU) these so-called 'controlled substances' are regulated by Regulation (EC) 1005/2009 (ODS Regulation). This regulation stipulates that each company producing, importing into and/or exporting out of the EU, feedstock user, process agent user and destruction facility must annually report transactions of controlled substances.

The ODS Regulation also extents to halon-1202, mehtylchloride (MC), ethylbromide (EB), trifluoroiodomethane (TFIM) and n-propyl bromide (n-PB), which are together referred to as 'new substances'. Producers, importers and exporters of these substances have to report associated transactions. New substances are not controlled under the Montreal Protocol.

This report summarises the data reported under the ODS Regulation for the year 2013 and looks at major trends since 2006. Data submitted by companies are commercially confidential and a number of rigorous measures have been applied to protect that confidentiality.

Results are expressed in both metric tonnes and ODP tonnes (1).

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