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Decision XII/8: Disposal of controlled substances

The Twelfth Meeting of the Parties decided in Dec. XII/8:

Noting decisions II/11, III/10, IV/11, V/26 and VII/35 on destruction technologies and the previous work of the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on Destruction Technologies;

Also noting the innovations that have taken place in the field of destruction technologies since the last report of Advisory Committee;

Recognizing that the management of contaminated and surplus ozone-depleting substances would benefit from further information on destruction technologies and an evaluation of disposal options;

  1. To request the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel to establish a task force on destruction technologies;
  2. That the task force on destruction technologies shall:
    1. Report to the Parties at their Fourteenth Meeting in 2002 on the status of destruction technologies of ozone-depleting substances, including an assessment of their environmental and economic performance, as well as their commercial viability;
    2. When presenting its first report, include a recommendation on when additional reports would be appropriate;
    3. Review existing criteria for the approval of destruction facilities, as provided for in section 2.4 of the Handbook for the International Treaties for the Protection of the Ozone Layer;
  3. To request the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel:
    1. To evaluate the technical and economic feasibility for the long-term management of contaminated and surplus ozone-depleting substances in Article 5 and non-Article 5 countries, including options such as long-term storage, transport, collection, reclamation and disposal of such ozone-depleting substances;
    2. To consider possible linkages to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal and other international treaties as appropriate regarding the issue of disposal;
    3. To report to the Parties on these issues at their Fourteenth Meeting in 2002.