Canada Calls for Accelerated Phase-Out of Ozone Depleting Substances

    OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, John
Baird, is challenging the international community to speed up the phase-out of
chemicals that deplete the ozone layer and cause climate change.
    Canada is hosting the international meeting of the United Nations
Environment Programme in Montreal, Quebec, September 17-21. In celebrating the
20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, Canada will be joining other
countries in calling for more aggressive timelines to eliminate
hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), used in refrigeration, air conditioning and
foam blowing.
    "Although the world is on track to fully eliminate HCFCs, speeding up the
phase-out would allow us to simultaneously address two of the most critical
issues facing our planet today - ozone preservation and climate change,"
Minister Baird said. "Canada was a leader in signing the Montreal Protocol
20 years ago, and we are prepared to play a leadership role again. The health
of Canadians demands we take action."
    Currently under the Montreal Protocol, use of HCFCs is set to cease in
developed countries in 2030 and in developing countries in 2040. HCFCs not
only harm the ozone layer but also contribute to global warming.
    By moving quickly to reduce production and consumption of HCFCs, the
upcoming Montreal meeting could simultaneously address two of the most
critical environmental issues facing the planet today.

    The original Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
was signed in 1987 by 24 countries, including Canada. The Montreal Protocol
now includes more than 190 countries and has led to more than a 95% worldwide
reduction in production and consumption of chemicals that thin the ozone layer
in the Earth's upper atmosphere, creating serious threats to human health and
the environment.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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