Capture of Methyl Bromide Recognised by Montréal Protocol
The use of Methyl Bromide for fumigation of wooden pallets and packaging materials had increased substantially and would continue to grow following the introduction of standard 15 of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) in early 2004. Parties were invited to monitor that increased use.
With regard to recovering and recycling technology for methyl bromide quarantine and pre-shipment treatments, in decision VII/5, paragraph (C) and decision XI/13, paragraph 7, the Parties had been urged to adopt such technology where technically and economically feasible.
MBTOC had collected data showing that the recapture of methyl bromide from small-scale fumigations in freight containers or fumigation chambers was carried out in several countries using carbon to recapture methyl bromide after use. Adoption of that technology had, however, been driven by safety and local air quality regulations rather than recognition of the need to protect the ozone layer.
Source: Open-ended Working Group of The Parties to the Montreal Protocol (meeting Geneva, July 2004)
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