Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Correspondence from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to the European Commission 11 September 2000


  You may recall that, following discussion in Geneva with other Member States on the clarification of Articles 16.1 and 16.2 as they apply to foams, I wrote to Paul Ashford co-chair of the Foams Technical Options Committee seeking advice on whether it would be technically possible to meet these requirements in respect of foams.

  Please see annexed a copy of reply, stating that it would not be possible to remove ODS from foam either during maintenance or before dismantling of the equipment. Although it would be possible to recover the ODS before disposal of the equipment, it is not currently practicable to achieve this because of the status of the relevant technology, and probably a greater proportion of the blowing agent would be lost to atmosphere on removal of the foam.

  I would therefore still support the views expressed by France and most other Member States, except Denmark, that all foams should fall under Article 16.3.

  I hope that this provides some help to enable the position of foams to be clarified.

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