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Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment Aggregate Results of the FY2016 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 FY2016 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 FY2016 was approximately 1,248 tons, showing an increase of approximately 29.4% from FY2015 (965 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 30 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 868 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 350 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), showing a decrease of approximately 15.1% for CFCs, an increase of approximately 18.5% for HCFCs and approximately 78.0% for HFCs from the FY2015.

2. Amounts of collected fluorocarbons and amounts of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators [See Table 1]

According to the reports from recycling operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons that recycling operators have recovered from collected Class 1 specified products in FY2016 was approximately 1,352 tons, showing an increase of 29.8% from FY2015 (1,042 tons), while those of fluorocarbons that were not recycled and delivered to destruction operators was approximately 35 tons.

Table 1. Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons in FY2016

(Unit: kg)

 

CFC

HCFC

HFC

Total

Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2016

14,293

61,485

20,016

95,794

Amount of collected fluorocarbons

[Class 1 (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)]

31,984

946,143

374,142

1,352,269

Amount of recycled fluorocarbons

29,968

868,440

350,001

1,248,409

Amount of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators

580

20,203

14,003

34,816

Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2016

10,525

104,533

23,092

138,149

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 FY2016 was approximately 4,784 tons, showing a decrease of approximately 0.7% from FY2015 (4,819 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 150 tons of CFCs, approximately 2,363 tons of HCFCs, and approximately 2,268 tons of HFCs, showing a decrease of approximately 20.8% for CFCs, approximately 4.1% for HCFCs and an increase of approximately 4.9% for HFCs from the FY2015.

2. Amounts of collected fluorocarbons according to types of specified products [See Table 2]

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 4,082 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners),* showing a decrease of approximately 1.3% from FY2015 (4,135 tons), and that approximately 689 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations),** showing a decrease of approximately 4.4% from FY2015.

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.

Table 2. Aggregate Amounts of Destroyed Fluorocarbons in FY2016

(Unit: kg)

 

CFC

HCFC

HFC

Others

Total

Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2016

8,474

147,806

71,990

134

228,403

 

Class 1
(commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)

142,946

2,362,032

1,573,545

3,282

4,081,805

Class 2
(vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations)

5,332

0

683,417

0

688,749

Amount of collected fluorocarbons

148,278

2,362,032

2,256,962

3,282

4,770,553

Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons

150,304

2,362,678

2,268,146

3,037

4,784,166

Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2016

6,448

147,159

60,806

378

214,791

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 FY2016 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

July 21, 2017

Division in Charge

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

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