Protocol of Montreal
Given that Methyl Bromide is thought to contribute to the destruction of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer, an international treaty – The Montreal Protocol - has decided to gradually phase-out the production and use of Methyl Bromide. A different phase-out timing is foreseen for developing and developed countries, as the use of Methyl Bromide is often crucial for a country's agricultrual production. Certain applications are also exempt from the phase-out, such as the use of Methyl Bromide in quarantaine and pre-shipment applications. Moreover, the fact that Methyl Bromide has some unique characteristics has caused that the Montreal Protocol provides for some exemptions to the phase-out, the so-called ‘Critical Use Exemptions’.
if there is no valid alternative for a given use of Methyl Bromide.
For more information about the Protocol of Montreal: visit the United Nations Environment Programme website.