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Annex III : Draft decision submitted by the United States of America to the First Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties

Permitted levels of production and consumption to meet agreed critical-use exemptions

The Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties decides:

Reaffirming the obligation to phase out the production and consumption of methyl bromide in accordance with paragraph 5 of Article 2H by 1 January 2005 subject to the availability of an exemption for uses agreed to be critical by the Parties,

Recalling that Article 2H further contemplates the Parties taking two separate decisions with respect to critical uses permitting levels of production and consumption necessary to meet agreed critical uses, one on the level and categories of critical uses and then a separate decision on the level of production or consumption necessary to satisfy those uses,

Noting with appreciation the efforts of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel in reporting on and guiding the discussions of Parties on the issue of critical use exemptions in accordance with the mandate under decision IX/6,

1. To agree on critical use exemptions for 2005, 2006, and 2007 as set out in appendix I of the present decision for the categories of permitted critical uses set forth in appendix II;

2. To permit a level of production or consumption in 2005, 2006, and 2007 as set forth in appendix III of the present decision;

3. To authorize a Party with a critical-use exemption level in excess of permitted levels of production and consumption to make up any such difference between those levels by using quantities of methyl bromide from stocks that the Party has determined to be available;

4. That a Party using stocks under paragraph 3 above shall prohibit the use of stocks in the categories set forth in appendix II, when amounts from stocks combined with allowable production and consumption exceed the level set forth in appendix I;

5. That authorizations are subject to the terms and conditions set forth under decision Ex.I/4, including elements such as development of a management plan, research on alternatives and enhanced reporting;

6. That Parties may request reconsideration by the Meeting of the Parties of an approved critical-use exemption in the case of exceptional circumstances, such as the unforeseen de-registration of an approved methyl bromide alternative when no other feasible alternatives are available;

7. That where the Parties have granted a critical-use exemption and a level of production and consumption for a particular Party for 2005 only, that Party shall be entitled to request exemptions for 2006 and 2007 (and a 2005 supplemental request if applicable), to be considered by the Sixteenth Meeting of the Parties in accordance with decision IX/6.

 

Appendix I. Agreed critical-use levels

 

Country Critical-use exemption

2005 (tonnes)

Critical-use exemption

2006 (tonnes)

Critical-use exemption

2007 (tonnes)

Australia [145]    
Belgium [47]    
Canada [56]    
France [407]    
Greece [186]    
Italy [2,134]    
Japan [284]    
Portugal [50]    
Spain [1,059]    
United Kingdom [129]    
United States of America 9,446 8,943 8,425

[ ] bracketed amounts are those recommended by the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee

 

Appendix II. Agreed critical-use categories

 

Country Categories of permitted critical uses
Australia Cut flowers – field; Cut flowers – protected; Cut flowers, bulbs – protected; Rice (consumer packs); Strawberry fruit – field; Strawberry runners;
Belgium Asparagus (planting material); Chicory; Cucurbits; Cut flowers (excluding roses and chrysanthemums); Cut flowers (chrysanthemums); Leeks and onions – planting stock; Lettuce and endive – protected; Nursery; Pepper, Eggplant – protected; Orchard – pome fruit and berries – replant; Strawberry runners; Tomatoes – protected; Tree nursery
Canada Strawberry runners; Pasta and flour mills
France Carrots; Chestnuts; Cut flowers, bulbs – protected and open field; Eggplant, Pepper, Tomato – protected and field; Forest nurseries; Mills and processors; Orchard and raspberry nurseries; Orchard and raspberry – replant; Rice (consumer packs); Strawberry runners; Strawberry fruit – protected and open field;
Greece Cucurbits – protected; Tomato – protected;
Italy Cut flowers, bulbs – protected; Eggplant – protected; Melon – protected; Pepper – protected; Strawberry fruit – protected; Strawberry runners; Tomato – protected;
Japan Chestnuts; Watermelon; Melon; Peppers; Cucumber
Portugal Cut flowers – protected and open field;
Spain Cut flowers (Cadiz and Seville) – protected; Cut flowers (Andalusia) – protected; Cut flowers (Catalonia) – carnations, protected and open field; Peppers – protected; Strawberry fruit – protected; Strawberry runners;
United Kingdom Cheese stores (traditional); Ornamental tree nursery; Strawberries and raspberries – fruit; Food storage (dry goods) – structure; Mills and processors; Miscellaneous dry nuts, fruit, beans, cereals, seeds; Spices (structural/equipment); Stored spices; Tobacco (product/machinery)
United States of America Chrysanthemum cuttings – rose plants (nursery); Cucurbits – field; Cut flowers and foliage; Dried fruit, beans and nuts; Eggplant – field; Forest nursery seedlings; Ginger production – field; Fruit tree nurseries; Meat processors; Mills and processors; Orchard replant; Miscellaneous food storage and processing; Peppers – field; Dried cured pork products; Strawberry fruit – field; Strawberry runners; Sweet potato – field; Tobacco seedbeds – field; Tobacco seedlings – nursery float trays; Tomato – field; Turfgrass

 

Appendix III. Permitted levels of production or consumption

 

Country Critical-use production or consumption 2005 (tonnes) Critical-use production or consumption 2006 (tonnes) Critical-use production or consumption 2007 (tonnes)
Australia [145]    
Belgium [47]    
Canada [56]    
France [407]    
Greece [186]    
Italy [2,134]    
Japan [284]    
Portugal [50]    
Spain [1059]    
United Kingdom [129]    
United States of America 7,659 7,659 7,148

[ ] bracketed amounts are those recommended by Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committees