The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has endorsed the draft law "On ozone-depleting substances and fluorinated greenhouse gases" elaborated by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, which stipulates for reducing consumption and eliminating the circulation of these substances. The Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak noted that the bill was shaped in order to fulfill international obligations undertaken by Ukraine in particular, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
"Ukraine does not produce ozone-depleting chemicals, but actively imports them from abroad. For a long time, we have not had a necessary legislation that would regulate import and consumption of these substances. A needed decision for a legislative settlement of this issue by Ukraine was made by the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme in 2012. These are so-called controlled substances, in particular, refrigerants used for cooling and air conditioning, solvents and coolants used in the manufacture of building materials, defense industry, aviation, medical and railway facilities, automotive industry, etc", Ostap Semerak stressed.
"Ukraine has undertaken a number of international commitments to protect the ozone layer and prevent climate change. This also relates to the gradual reduction and further cessation of the use of ozone-depleting substances. This is a normal practice for the world leading countries, and I think that Ukraine will handle this task", the Minister stressed.
According to him, the long absence of the necessary legislation did not allow the state to fully control import and export of ozone-destroying substances, and also created obstacles to the objective reporting of Ukraine as a party to the Montreal Protocol to the Ozone Secretariat.