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Ozone depleting substances

Ozone depleting substances are regulated under Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009.The basis of the regulation is that is established that continued emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) cause significant damage to the ozone layer. There is clear evidence of a decrease in the atmospheric burden of ODS and some early signs of stratospheric ozone recovery have been observed.

The European Union is a party to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

The detailed list of substances is to be found in the Annex to the EU Reguylation.

Enforcement

Criminal enforcement: In the UK, the EU Regulation is enforced by the Environmental Protection (Controls on Ozone-Depleting Substances) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011 No 1543) which provide for contravention of the EU Regulation to be a criminal offence punishable on conviction onĀ  indictment by an unlimited fine. There is provision for Director’s criminal liability.

The Regulations extend to Great Britain, and to Northern Ireland in so far as they relate to import and export controlled by the EU Regulation.

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