Answer to Written Question: Use of sulfuryl fluoride in the EU

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans

on behalf of the European Commission


The Commission is aware of the fumigant use of SO2F2 and related emissions. This substance is approved for use under the Plant Protection Products Regulation[1] until 2023. The risk assessment for the renewal of the approval beyond 2023 is currently ongoing. The Commission is also currently reviewing the F-gas Regulation[2]. The related impact assessment is examining the option of monitoring production and import of this substance and requiring that technically and economically feasible measures are taken to minimise leakage of climate-relevant emissions of this gas.

[1] Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC.

[2] Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006.

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