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Europe could end reliance on F-gases within 10 years

LONDON: As the European Commission considers revisions to the F-Gas Regulation, the piece of legislation regulating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a new report published today shows that HFCs can realistically be banned in most new cooling equipment in the European Union by 2020. Used as cooling agents in refrigeration and air-conditioning, and as blowing agents for foams […]

Ozone meeting shows a trend in the right direction

I spent last week in Canada attending one of the regular meetings of the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund (MLF), the body established to help developing countries meet their commitments under the global ozone treaty. The Montreal Protocol celebrates its 25th anniversary this September and the MLF’s Executive Committee meets two to three times a year, […]

The man who helped alert the world to a looming disaster

This week saw the death of one of the great scientific pioneers of modern environmentalism – F Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who, along with his student Mario Molina, identified the link between CFCs and ozone destruction and in doing so not only helped to alert the world to an environmental disaster but became […]

We have the chance to nip illegal HCFC trade in the bud

It might have escaped most people’s attention that today, September 16, is World Ozone Day. Or, to put it more long-windedly, the ‘International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer’. However, it probably won’t have escaped attention that the hole in the ozone layer, the cause of global consternation in the 1970s and ’80s, […]

HCFC phase-out at risk from illegal trade

LONDON: The phase-out of hydrochlorofluoro- carbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol could be undermined by black market trade unless enforcement agencies are prepared, a new report warns. The report Risk Assessment of Illegal Trade in HCFCs, jointly produced by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was released today on […]

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