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Joint press release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentResults of the Amount of Destroyed Fluorocarbons Pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation, Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons Concerning Specified Products of FY2013

Pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation, Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons Concerning Specified Products (hereinafter called the “Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law”), fluorocarbon destruction operators must report the amount of fluorocarbons they destroyed and other matters to the competent ministers every fiscal year.

Based on the FY2013 reports from the operators, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) have jointly compiled the results of the reports and hereby announce the release of the results.

In cooperation with MOE, METI will continue efforts to further promote the recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons by smoothly enforcing the Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law.

1. Summary of the results

1) Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons

According to the reports from the operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in FY2013 was approximately 4,470 tons, an increase of approximately 0.7% from the FY2012 amount.

The amount is broken down by type of fluorocarbon into: approximately 181 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 2,349 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 1,940 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The amount of the destroyed HFCs has increased from FY2012, but the amounts of CFCs and HCFCs have decreased from FY2012.

2) Amount of recovered fluorocarbons according to types of specified product

An analysis of the amount of fluorocarbons recovered by the operators according to the types of specified products defined in the Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law shows that approximately 3,681 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners), an increase of approximately 0.6% from the FY2012 amount, and that approximately 803 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle air conditioners),* a decrease of approximately 1.2% from the FY2012 amount.

*Note: Recovery of fluorocarbons from vehicle air conditioners has been implemented since January 2005, pursuant to the Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles.

2. Coming schedule

Fluorocarbon destruction operators destroy fluorocarbons recovered from Class 1 specified products and Class 2 specified products. Concerning Class 1 specified products, the competent ministers will receive reports from prefectural governors on the FY2013 amount of recovered fluorocarbons, which are reported by fluorocarbon recovery operators for Class 1 specified products. The results of these reports across Japan will be compiled and publicized around the end of 2014. A report on Class 2 specified products is scheduled to be publicized separately.

Aggregate Amount of Destroyed Fluorocarbons in FY2013 (Unit: kg)

  CFC HCFC HFC Total
Storage amount of fluorocarbons at the beginning of FY2013 11,406 99,890 60,158 171,455
  Class 1 (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners) 165,193 2,362,837 1,153,043 3,681,073
Class 2 (vehicle air conditioners) 16,053 786,513 802,566
Total amount of recovered fluorocarbons 181,247 2,362,837 1,939,555 4,483,639
Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons 181,258 2,349,031 1,939,572 4,469,861
Storage amount of  fluorocarbons at the end of FY2013 11,394 113,696 60,142 185,233

* These figures have been rounded off to the nearest integer and may not add up to the indicated total.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release Date

July 18, 2014

Division in Charge

Fluoride Gases Management Office, Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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