The Legislation

The legislation in question, Regulation (EC) No 2037/2000 applies to:

  • the production, importation, exportation, placing on the market, use, recovery, recycling, reclamation and destruction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), other fully halogenated chlorofluorocarbons, halons, carbon tetrachloride, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, methyl bromide (MBr), hydrobromofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (R22) and bromochloromethane, hereinafter referred to as “regulated substances”, and, in certain cases, products or equipment containing these substances;
  • The information to be reported concerning these substances;
  • Inspections and penalties;
  • New substances.

The Regulation provides for a phased restriction on the use, placing on the market, production and importation of virgin R22, with the deadline for final elimination set at:

  • 31 December 2009 for the placing on the market, use and importation of R22
  • 1 January 2015 for all R22, including recovered substances
  • 31 December 2025 for the production of R22.