Illegal trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS) arose as an unintended consequence of the phase-out of these materials and as illegal trade in ODS soared in the mid-1990s the Montreal Protocol, somewhat belatedly, responded through the creation of national import/export licensing systems.
A report to the 31st meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of parties to the Montreal Protocol. We urge Parties to resolve and reach agreement on funding and other issues to ensure we implement the final phase-out of ozone-depleting substances without further phasing in harmful HFCs
Disposing of e-waste is fast becoming big business and our 18-month undercover operation, the most thorough to date into the illegal underbelly of the trade, shows that the chance to make a quick profit at the expense of the developing world is too tempting for some to resist
Supermarkets in the UK are making significant strides to counter their impact on global warming but Asda has apparently turned its back on green commitments. The latest survey in our Chilling Facts series finds that 239 stores in the UK are now using climate-friendly refrigeration, up from just 14 two years ago
A report examining three options to be considered by a Montreal Protocol meeting, each of which would produce greater emission reductions than those resulting from the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol or any near-term options being considered in the climate talks
The Co-operative Group’s green and ethical credentials are called into question in this new survey. We found the Co-operative Group used the ozone-destroying refrigerant HCFC in 50 per cent of its depots and has recently refitted stores with HFC-based refrigeration instead of more environmentally friendly alternatives