Members' Research Service By / November 7, 2022

Revision of the Ozone Regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 5 April 2022, the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal to replace Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer (Ozone Regulation).

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Written by Dessislava Yougova (1st edition).

Stratospheric ozone absorbs ultraviolet radiation from the sun and reduces the overall amount of radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are human-made chemicals that, once emitted, reach the upper atmosphere and destroy the protective ozone layer, causing what is known as the ozone hole. They have significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment and are also greenhouse gases with high global warming potential.

Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer lays down rules on the production, use, trade, recovery, recycling, reclamation and destruction of ODS and sets out requirements and measures for products and equipment containing these substances. On 5 April 2022, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a regulation on ODS repealing the current one. The aim is to increase the efficiency of the existing measures in order to achieve additional emission reductions in line with the European Green Deal, to ensure more comprehensive monitoring of ODS, to reduce the administrative costs by simplifying the rules, to modernise the licensing system and reduce costs for industry, and to improve the coherence with other pieces of legislation such as Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, which is being revised in parallel. One of the main objectives of the proposal is to prevent emissions from old products and equipment still containing ODS that have to be recovered and destroyed.

The file has been referred to the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The rapporteur – Jessica Polfjärd (EPP, Sweden) – published her draft report on 6 October 2022.

Versions

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on substances that deplete the ozone layer and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009
Committee responsible:Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)COM(2022)151
5.4.2022
Rapporteur:Jessica Polfjärd (EPP, Sweden)2022/0100(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Rovana Plumb (S&D, Romania)
Ondřej Knotek (Renew, Czechia)
Pär Holmgren (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Anna Zalewska (ECR, Poland)
Anja Hazekamp (The Left, Netherlands)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Committee vote on draft report
EU Legislation in progress: Committee vote

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