About: ozone

Mysterious source of ozone-killing emissions tracked to China

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 02-10-2015

Air quality at a crossroads

Improving the EU’s poor air quality requires stricter regulation and significant investment. But the long term health benefits must outweigh financial concerns, argues Bert Brunekreef.

German cities show excessive air pollution levels

In many cities, air pollution from fine dust particles and nitrogen dioxide exceeds the maximum threshold levels, according to a new report from the Environment Ministry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 11-09-2014

Ozone layer shows signs of recovery after 1987 ban on damaging gases

The ozone layer that shields life from the sun's cancer-causing ultraviolet rays is showing its first sign of thickening after years of dangerous depletion, a UN study said on Wednesday.

Ozone concentrations broke legal limits in every EU state last year

Ground-level ozone concentrations exceeded legal limits in every EU member state, and at many individual measurement sites, in 2013, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA)'s annual report, released yesterday (13 March).
Climate change 11-04-2006

Fluorinated gases and climate change

EU lawmakers in January 2006 struck an agreement on a proposal to cut down emissions of fluorinated gases as part of the Kyoto protocol on climate change. F-gases are widely used in refrigeration and air conditioning but have a high global warming potential and can sometimes stay in the atmosphere for thousands of years. The agreement mainly seeks to improve the containment and recovery of F-gases and imposes regular checks on industrial refrigeration installations. After much discussion, the compromise allows countries like Denmark and Austria to maintain stricter controls than elsewhere in Europe until 2012. A phase-out of HFC-134a in car air conditioning has also been approved as of 2011 with a complete ban applying from 2017.

Industry welcomes UN report on F-gases

A newly released IPCC report has been embraced by manufacturers of chemical substances known as F-gases as it confirms that containment and not phase-out is the best policy option.

New UN report confirms F-gases climate risk

A new report by the UN's Intergovernmental panel on climate change recommends reducing greenhouse gas emissions coming from fluorinated gases. The EU has already started regulating these F-gases.

Large-scale ozone losses expected to occur in the Arctic

After a remarkably cold winter, the first signs of ozone depletion have been observed in the Arctic. If the low temperatures persist during the coming months, large ozone losses will be highly likely this spring.
Climate change 23-11-2004

Scientists have doubts about recovery of ozone layer

While the US and other industrial countries are seeking exemptions for the phase-out of the dangerous pesticide methyl bromide during a five-day conference in Prague, scientists have expressed doubts about the recovery of the ozone layer.
Climate change 14-07-2004

Member states warned over air and water pollution laws

The Commission has launched legal actions and formal warning letters to several EU Member States for failing to comply with legislation on water and air quality.
Climate change 13-07-2004

Nine EU states warned over ozone-depleting pesticide

Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom have been sent first warnings for failing to report on the phasing-out of methyl bromide.

US environment agency gives climate protection award to the Commission

The 'F-gas team' at the Commission's DG environment was rewarded for the open way in which it handled the phase out of greenhouse gases in cars' air conditioning systems.

New rules on F-gases adopted as bill goes through Parliament

F-gases in cars' air conditioning systems are to be banned from 2014, but will be maintained in refrigerators and other home equipment. Environmentalists say Parliament bowed to industry pressures.

Proposed ban on F-gases gets cool reception

The ban on fluorinated gases (F-gases) proposed by the Parliament's environment committee has left industry concerned and NGOs only mildly happy.
Climate change 17-02-2004

MEPs consider possible ban on fluorinated gases in car’s air conditioning systems

The Parliament's Environment Committee will be examining a draft regulation on fluorinated gases with global warming effects on 17 February. The draft has been tightened to include a ban on their use in cars by 2011.
Climate change 17-11-2003

EU and developing countries oppose US requests on increased use of ozone harming pesticide

No consensus could be reached on granting the US exemptions from the requirement to phase out methyl bromide during the UN conference on the Montreal Protocol (MOP-15) held in Nairobi (Kenya) from 10-14 November 2003.
Climate change 10-11-2003

EU and US to clash over phase-out of methyl bromide

A new environmental conflict between the US and the EU is looming over the 15th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-15) held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10-14 November 2003.
Climate change 28-10-2003

Ozone smog: ministers agree to limit emissions from paints and varnishes

On 27 October, the Environment Council reached a political agreement limiting the emissions of volatile organic compounds in paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products.
Climate change 07-08-2003

Heatwave raises new demands for European approach to ozone smog

The high summer temperatures are leading to potentially harmful ground-level ozone concentrations in several Member States, giving rise to new calls for a stricter EU policy on air pollution.
Development Policy 17-04-2002

Industry worried about plans to control fluorinated gases

A stakeholder workshop, hosted by the European Fluorocarbon industry, discussed possible plans by the European Commission to regulate the use of fluorinated gases on 16 April. In an open and transparent debate, the representatives of European Fluorocarbon Technical Committee (EFCTC) and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) expressed their doubts over some of the Commission's intentions, pointing to the positive energy effiency and safety aspects of the use of these gases.
Climate change 26-10-2001

Conciliation agreement on ozone in ambient air

The Conciliation Committee between the European Parliament and the Council reached a compromise on the directive on summer time ozone levels. The compromise foresees that Member States will have to ensure that WHO standards for ozone levels are not exceeded more than 25 days each year from 2010 onwards.
Climate change 15-06-2001

European Parliament wants stronger ozone directive

In second reading of ozone directive, European Parliament calls for stricter rules to limit ozone levels in ambient air
Climate change 08-05-2001

Ambitious “Clean Air for Europe” Programme

An ambitious air quality programme launched by the Commission aims at combating Europe's major air pollution