Extract from Tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
(UNEP/OzL.Pro.10/9)

Decision X/8.  New substances with ozone‑depleting potential

            “Recalling that, under the Montreal Protocol, each Party has undertaken to control the global emissions of ozone‑depleting substances with the ultimate objective of their elimination,

            Recalling that decision IX/24 requested Parties to discourage the development and promotion of substances with a significant potential to deplete the ozone layer and provides a procedure for notifying such substances to the Secretariat and their evaluation by the Science Assessment Panel and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel,

1.         That all Parties should take measures actively to discourage the production and marketing of bromochloromethane;

2.         To encourage Parties, in the light of reports from the Scientific Assessment Panel and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel, to take measures actively, as appropriate, to discourage the production and marketing of new ozone‑depleting substances;

3.         That should new substances be developed and marketed which, following application of decision IX/24, are agreed by the Parties to pose a significant threat to the ozone layer, the Parties will take appropriate steps under the Protocol to ensure their control and phase‑out;

4.         That Parties should report to the Secretariat, as far as possible by 31 December 1999, and as necessary thereafter, on any new ozone‑depleting substances notified and evaluated under the terms of decision IX/24 being produced or sold in their territories, including the nature of the substances, the quantities involved, the purposes for which these substances are being marketed or used and, if possible, the names of the producers and distributors;

5.         To request the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel and the Science Assessment Panel, taking into account, as appropriate, assessments carried out under decision IX/24, to collaborate in undertaking further assessments:

            (a)        To determine whether substances such as n‑propyl bromide, with a very short atmospheric life‑time of less than one month, pose a threat to the ozone layer;

            (b)        To identify the sources and availability of halon‑1202;

            and to report back to the Meeting of the Parties as soon as possible, but not later than the Twelfth Meeting of the Parties;

6.         To request the legal drafting group which the Open‑ended Working Group may establish to consider and report back to the Eleventh Meeting of the Parties through the Open‑ended Working Group on the options available under the Montreal Protocol to introduce controls on new ozone‑depleting substances;”