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European refrigerant destruction programme slammed

A member of the EU Environmental Committee has slammed the destruction programme for the refrigerant R23, which is said to have cost 100 million Euros.

A member of the EU Environmental Committee has slammed the destruction programme for the refrigerant R23, which is said to have cost 100 million Euros.

Speaking at the Atmosphere 2010 natural refrigerant conference Theodoros Skylakkis called for an immediate ban on production of the refrigerant, which is a by-product of R22 production and is banned in Europe under the Ozone Depleting Substances regulations.

He called on the current CDM exchange system, which sees banned R23 exported from Europe to countries such as India and China for destruction, to be overhauled.

He said: “There are companies making huge profits from the current EU funding credits system which rewards certain countries and specific investors in certain businesses.”

“It’s estimated that 100m Euro has already been spent on this operation. In fact companies are now making more on the destruction of R23 than the actual production of R22.”

“For just several million Euros we could have bought new equipment for these plants so that they can change production, this would be far more effective than the current tax system, which is haemorrhaging money.”

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