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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentCabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to Partially Amend the Order for Enforcement of the Ozone Layer Protection Act

On December 19, 2014, the Cabinet decided to approve the Cabinet Order to Partially Amend the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control of Specified Substances and Other Measures (hereinafter referred to as the “Ozone Layer Protection Act”).

The cabinet order is to change the termination date of the period allowed for the production of ozone-depleting substances used for test, research and analysis applications from the end of 2014 to the end of 2021, a seven year extension.

1. The Ozone Layer Protection Act

The Ozone Layer Protection Act provides for control measures on the production of designated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)* and other ozone-depleting substances so as to completely abolish them. The purpose of the act is to ensure accurate implementation of the provisions under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (hereinafter referred to as the “Protocol”) and decisions at the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.

Based on the decision at the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, however, production of some ozone-depleting substances is provisionally allowed until December 31, 2014, only if they are used for testing, or laboratory or analytical application and there is no substitute.

2. Key points of the Amendment

At the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol in November 2014, it was decided to postpone the termination of the above period to the end of 2021. The termination date specified in the Order for Enforcement of the Ozone Layer Protection Act shall be correspondingly extended to December 31, 2021.

*Note: Designated CFCs were used as air conditioner coolants, metal component detergents and other purposes, but their production or the like was fully abolished in principle in 1996 because they cause depletion of the ozone layer.

Release date

December 19, 2014

Division in charge

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

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