Ozone Regulation 2037/2000

The EU Ozone Regulation is European legislation that is implementing the Montréal Protocol, which affects ozone depleting substances.

The very powerful ozone depleting substances such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and Halons have already been completely phased out under the Ozone Regulation. HCFCs, which also deplete the ozone layer although to a lesser extent, are currently in the process of being phased out under the Ozone Regulation.

For refrigeration applications the use of HCFC refrigerants in new systems is already banned and the use of HCFCs for the maintenance of existing systems will be phased out between 2010 (for virgin HCFCs) and 2015 (for recycled HCFCs).