Gap Analysis for the Implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Summary: Report by URS Ireland Ltd for the Environmental Protection Agency on the implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer

Published: 2005

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Pages: 129

Filesize: 1,399KB

Format: pdf

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Executive summary

URS Ireland Ltd (URS) was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG) to undertake a study into the implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

The aim of the study was to assess the measures required for Ireland to fully implement the requirements of Articles 16(5), 16(6), 17(1) and 17(2) of the Regulation. Based on the information gathered during this study it is important to remember that Ireland is not an ozonedepleting substances (ODS) producer and is a relatively small user of these substances in an EU context.

Many of the deadlines specified in the Regulation have already passed and de facto compliance with the Regulation exists due to the termination in the supply of certain substances. Regulation EC 2037/2000 established rules for the production, import, export, placing on the market, use, recovery, recycling, reclamation and destruction of substances, referred to as controlled substances (CS), that deplete the ozone layer.

The Regulation implements the Montreal Protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Regulation is more stringent that the Protocol with regard to the phasing out of CFCs, HCFCs and methyl bromide. Substances affected by the Regulation include:

  • Refrigerants
  • Solvents
  • Foam-blowing agents
  • Firefighting agents
  • Pesticides

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