05 December 2012 15:31 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Production and consumption of ozone-depleting chemicals in the EU have fallen substantially over the last few years, driven by international targets and the economic crisis, according to EU body the European Environment agency (EEA).
EU production of ozone-depleted substances (ODS) was 185,000 tonnes in 2011, a 4% decline on production levels the previous year, and a significant drop from 2006, when over 250,000 tonnes of ODS were produced, according to a new EEA report.
Production had declined sharply in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis, the EEA said, but grew in 2010 before tapering off slightly in 2011.
Despite the fall in overall production in the EU, the manufacture of chemicals for feedstock use increased and continues to grow, according to the agency.
“In 2011, 95% of the controlled substances were produced for feedstock use, most of which was intended for companies located within the European Union,” the EEA said in the report.
The EU met international targets for phasing out ODS consumption levels in 2010, ten years ahead of schedule, the EEA added.
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