Ozone Regulation Review

The EU ‘Ozone Regulation’ – Regulation (EC) 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer – provides the legal basis for the protection of the ozone layer within the European Union.

The Ozone Regulation has two objectives:

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To fulfil the obligations of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, to which the EU and all of its Member States are parties.

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To ensure a higher level of ambition in the EU than required by the Protocol, in areas where this is technically and economically feasible.

The Commission completed an evaluation of the Ozone Regulation in 2019 to examine the actual implementation and performance of the Regulation. It concluded that the Regulation achieved its objectives and is efficient, but some results may be achievable through simpler, less resource intensive activities.

The Commission implemented a roadmap for the review of the rules in 2020. This initiative explores options for improvement, such as:

  • simpler/clearer control measures
  • greater consistency with customs rules (the ‘single window’ for customs)
  • modified phase-out dates for the aviation sector

EFCTC responded to the request for feedback to the road map. This is a response from the European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) to the Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of Regulation No. 1005/2009 (Ref. Ares (2020) 1782671 – 26/03/2020). Read the complete response here. It is also available on the Commission webpage.

The Commission also held a public consultation in 2020 as it intends to use the results of the evaluation to review the EU rules on ozone layer protection. In the context of the European Green Deal, the Commission will also seek to attain additional emission reductions. The responses are summarised in a spreadsheet and the attachments submitted are available in the consultation outcome section.

EFCTC Response to the Consultation

EFCTC submitted a response to the consultation questionnaire and it is available here. In addition to supporting the objectives and measures of the existing Regulation EFCTC submitted comments in these key areas:

  • Maintaining alignment with the Montreal Protocol
  • Following the science for evaluation of substances
  • Maintaining the current measures for feedstocks use
  • Improving the functioning of the Regulation