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Insulation: EC Law

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have had with representatives of the plastic foam insulation industry on the implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 in each of the last five years. (207887)

Ministers have not met representatives of the plastic foam insulation industry on the specific question of implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 during the last five years. Officials met various industry representatives in January and April 2008 to discuss the recovery of ozone-depleting substances from building foams and will be hosting further meetings in the near future.

Recovery of ozone-depleting substances from foams is an important issue which has recently been identified by consultants hired by the European Commission to help with the ongoing review of EU legislation on ozone-depleting substances. The consultants have reported that, as yet, there has been no concerted effort to recover ozone-depleting substances in building foams either in Europe or elsewhere.