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  • FY 2014 Amounts of Fluorocarbons Recovered from Commercial Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Units Pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation of Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons Concerning Specified Products (Former Law)

Joint press release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentFY 2014 Amounts of Fluorocarbons Recovered from Commercial Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Units Pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation of Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons Concerning Specified Products (Former Law)

The Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the “Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law”) has been in force since April 2015. As an interim measure concerning the law, pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation of Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons concerning Specified Products (hereinafter referred to as the “Former Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law”), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) have compiled the amounts of fluorocarbons recovered from commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning units in FY 2014.
In FY 2014, the total number of such units from which fluorocarbons were recovered was about 1.39 million (an increase of approximately 1.9% from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered was 4,424 tons (a decrease of approximately 0.9% from the previous fiscal year).

Note: In the next report on the amounts of fluorocarbons recovered and other matters (in FY 2016), the compiled results of the amounts of fluorocarbons recovered in FY 2015 and other matters will be announced pursuant to the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law.

1. Summary of the compiled results of the amounts of fluorocarbons recovered in FY 2014

In FY 2014, the total number of units from which fluorocarbons were recovered was 1.39 million (an increase of 1.9% from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered was 4,424 tons (a decrease of 0.9% from the previous fiscal year).

A breakdown of the amount of fluorocarbons recovered during disposal or maintenance* is as follows:

1) Fluorocarbons recovered during disposal

In FY 2014, the total number of units from which fluorocarbons were recovered during disposal was 1.18 million (an increase of 2.6% from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered was 2,999 tons (a decrease of 2.9% from the previous fiscal year) (see Table 1).

2) Fluorocarbons recovered during maintenance

In FY 2014, the total number of units from which fluorocarbons were recovered during maintenance was 0.216 million (a decrease of 1.8% from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered was 1,425 tons (an increase of 3.6% from the previous fiscal year) (see Table 1).

*Note: The term “during maintenance” refers to the time when fluorocarbons contained in commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning units are recovered during maintenance or repair and the units are used again after maintenance or repair rather than being disposed of.

2. Future actions

Fluorocarbons are thought to destroy the ozone layer and advance global warming. To combat such effects, it is necessary to promote the recovery of fluorocarbons and curb emissions into the air. To achieve this goal, METI will endeavor to make public the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law, which entered into force in April 2015, and an overview of the systems based on the law jointly with the MOE and local governments, while steadily promoting the recovery of fluorocarbons.

Table 1: Comparison of the amounts of recovered fluorocarbons in FY 2013 and FY 2014
FY 2013 FY 2014 Change Percent change
Total Number of units of Class 1 specified products collected (units) 1,367,968 1,394,043 26,075 1.9%
Amount of recovered fluorocarbons (kg) 4,463,093 4,423,841 -39,252 -0.9%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the beginning of the fiscal year (kg) 212,945 201,487 -11,458 -5.4%
Amount of fluorocarbons handed over to fluorocarbon destruction operators (kg) 3,292,553 3,099,122 -193,431 -5.9%
Amount of reused fluorocarbons (kg) 1,176,329 1,315,854 139,525 11.9%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the end of the fiscal year (kg) 207,067 209,700 2,633 1.3%
During units' disposal Number of units of Class 1 specified products collected (units) 1,148,041 1,178,018 29,977 2.6%
Amount of recovered fluorocarbons (kg) 3,087,831 2,998,920 -88,911 -2.9%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the beginning of the fiscal year (kg) 117,596 102,243 -15,353 -13.1%
Amount of fluorocarbons handed over to fluorocarbon destruction operators (kg) 2,385,315 2,223,802 -161,513 -6.8%
Amount of reused fluorocarbons (kg) 713,249 774,555 61,306 8.6%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the end of the fiscal year (kg) 106,776 102,278 -4,498 -4.2%
During units’ maintenance Number of units of Class 1 specified products collected (units) 219,927 216,025 -3,902 -1.8%
Amount of recovered fluorocarbons (kg) 1,375,262 1,424,921 49,659 3.6%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the beginning of the fiscal year (kg) 95,349 99,243 3,894 4.1%
Amount of fluorocarbons handed over to fluorocarbon destruction operators (kg) 907,238 875,320 -31,918 -3.5%
Amount of reused fluorocarbons (kg) 463,081 541,299 78,218 16.9%
Stored amount of fluorocarbons at the end of the fiscal year (kg) 100,292 107,421 7,129 7.1%

Note: 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

December 4, 2015

Division in charge

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

Related Information

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