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Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment Aggregate Results of the FY2015 Amount of Recycled and Destroyed Fluorocarbons under the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law Compiled

The Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the “Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law”) came into force in April 2015. Under the law, fluorocarbon recycling operators for Class 1 specified products (recycling operators) and fluorocarbon destruction operators (destruction operators) are required to report the amount of fluorocarbons they recovered or destroyed and other matters to the competent ministers every fiscal year.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) have jointly compiled the FY2015 aggregate results from the reports submitted by recycling operators and destruction operators

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

Amount of recycled fluorocarbons

1. Outline of the results

According to the reports from recycling operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons recycled in FY2015 was approximately 965 tons.

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 35 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 733 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 197 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

2. Amounts of collected fluorocarbons and amounts of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators

According to the reports from recycling operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons that recycling operators have recovered from collected Class 1 specified products in FY2015 was approximately 1,042 tons, while those of fluorocarbons that were not recycled and delivered to destruction operators was approximately 20 tons.

Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons in FY2015
(Unit: kg)
  CFC HCFC HFC Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2015 6,922 28,338 15,103 50,362
Amount of collected fluorocarbons [Class 1 (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)] 51,050 781,040 209,625 1,041,714
Amount of recycled fluorocarbons 35,313 733,029 196,628 964,970
Amount of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators 5,535 9,793 4,903 20,230
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2015 14,293 61,485 20,016 95,794

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

Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons

1. Outline of the results

According to the reports from destruction operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in FY2015 was approximately 4,819 tons, an increase of approximately 7.2% from FY2014.

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 190 tons of CFCs, approximately 2,464 tons of HCFCs, and approximately 2,161 tons of HFCs, showing an increase of approximately 22.2% for CFCs, approximately 6.9% for HCFCs and approximately 6.2% for HFCs from the FY2014.

2. Amounts of collected fluorocarbons according to types of specified products

An analysis of the amount of fluorocarbons collected by destruction operators according to the types of specified products defined in the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law shows that approximately 4,135 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners),* showing an increase of approximately 10.8% from FY2014, and that approximately 720 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations),** showing a decrease of approximately 6.7% from FY2014.

Notes:
*1: Under the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law, recycling operators are newly required from FY2015 to report the amount of fluorocarbons they have recovered from Class 1 specified products.
**2: The term “vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations” refers to vehicle air conditioners before FY2014. The recovery of fluorocarbons from Class 2 specified products has been conducted since January 2005, pursuant to the Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles.

Aggregate Amounts of Destroyed Fluorocarbons in FY2015 (Unit: kg)
  CFC HCFC HFC Others Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2015 9,589 102,948 81,137 21 193,695
  Class 1 (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners) 180,513 2,509,595 1,441,766 3,613 4,135,487
Class 2 (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations) 8,159 0 712,296 0 720,455
Amount of collected fluorocarbons 188,672 2,509,595 2,154,062 3,613 4,855,942
Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons 189,788 2,464,130 2,161,169 3,431 4,818,518
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2015 8,474 148,413 74,030 203 231,119

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

Coming schedule

Concerning the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from Class 1 specified products in FY2015, METI and MOE ministers will receive reports from prefectural governors on the amounts of recovered fluorocarbons packed in Class 1 specified products, which are to be reported by fluorocarbon recovery operators for the products.

Release date

August 18, 2016

Division in Charge

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

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