Declaration on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) (1993)
DECLARATION BY AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BOTSWANA, DENMARK, EUROPEAN ECONOMICCOMMUNITY, FINLAND, GERMANY, ICELAND, ITALY, LIECHTENSTEIN,MALTA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM AND ZIMBABWE
The above Parties present at the Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol,
Concerned about the continuing depletion of the ozone layer of both the northern and southern hemispheres,
being aware that reductions in the emissions of HCFC will have a beneficial effect on the ozone layer, especially in the coming 10 years where chlorine concentrations in the atmosphere will reach a critical maximum,
being also aware that more environmentally sound alternative substances and technologies are already existing or are rapidly being developed and that in various areas a complete substitution of CFCs can already be achieved today without using HCFCs,
stress the need to strengthen further the control measures decided at the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol,
declare their firm determination to take all appropriate measures to limit the use of HCFC to absolute necessary applications and to phase out the consumption of HCFCs as soon as possible but not later than the year 2015.