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Managing the protection of the ozone layer

In order to protect the ozone layer, restrictions have been placed on the production and use of ozone-depleting substances, which has also led to a reduction in emissions. The actions taken to protect the ozone layer are based on the Montreal Protocol, which Finland has also ratified. The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for international cooperation concerning the ozone layer and for the related legislation at the national and EU level.

The Montreal Protocol establishes goals and a schedule for reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances. Statutes are in place throughout the EU area to ensure the implementation of these goals, and Finland complies with these as well. Under the statutes, the sale and use of ozone-depleting substances is prohibited with the exception of certain critical or essential uses.

Measures adopted in Finland to prevent ozone depletion based on the statutes include:

  • a ban on the manufacture, import and export of products and devices (primarily refrigeration appliances) that contain CFCs and HCFCs
  • inspections of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump devices and extinguishing equipment and qualification requirements for persons who handle such devices
  • reporting and notification obligations and import and export restrictions concerning other ozone-depleting substances, and
  • classification of ozone-depleting substances as hazardous wastes requiring a handling permit


Eeva Nurmi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 250 209, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2019-07-03 at 10:08, updated 2019-05-17 at 9:39