The EU has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol.
The new European Environment Agency (EEA) annual report on ozone-depleting substances shows that the consumption of ozone-depleting substances in the EU in 2018 remained negative (-1,505 tonnes), which means that more of these substances were destroyed or exported than produced or imported.
The EU’s consumption of these substances has been negative every year since 2010 with the exception of 2012.
The results reflect the implementation of the EU's 'ODS Regulation' (EC) No 1005/2009, which goes further than the Montreal Protocol, in combination with high destruction rates and decreasing stocks.
Source: EEA, 16 September 2019