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FY2016 Amounts of Fluorocarbons Packed in and Recovered from Commercial Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Units Pursuant to the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law

Pursuant to the Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the “Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law”), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) have compiled information on the amounts of fluorocarbons packed in* and recovered from commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning units in FY2016.

*Note:From FY2016 (from the report on FY2015 amounts), METI started releasing information on the amounts of fluorocarbons packed in such units based on the reports on such amounts from businesses.

1. Summary of the compiled results of the amounts of packed and recovered fluorocarbons in FY2016

1) Amount of fluorocarbons packed in such units

In FY2016, fluorocarbons were packed in a total number of 0.66 million units (an increase of 0.52 million from the previous fiscal year), and the total amount of fluorocarbons packed in such units was 5,150 tons (a decrease of 15 tons from the previous fiscal year).

The total amount of fluorocarbons packed into such units broken down into occasions other than installation and during installation is as follows:

a) Fluorocarbons packed in such units during occasions other than installation
In FY2016, the total number of such units into which fluorocarbons were packed other than during installations was 0.48 million (an increase of 0.26 million from the previous fiscal year), and the total amount of fluorocarbons packed into those units was around 3,443 tons (an increase of 244 tons from the previous fiscal year) .
b) Fluorocarbons packed in such units during installation
In FY2016, the total number of units in which fluorocarbons were packed during installation was 0.18 million (an increase of 0.26 million from the previous fiscal year), and the total amount of fluorocarbons packed in those units during installation was around 1,707 tons (an increase of 259 tons from the previous fiscal year) .

2) Amount of fluorocarbons recovered from such units

In FY2016, fluorocarbons were recovered from a total of approximately 1.53 million units (a decrease of 0.12 million from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from those units was around 3,708 tons (a decrease of 209 tons from the previous fiscal year).

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

a) Fluorocarbons recovered from such units during disposal
In FY2016, the total number of such units from which fluorocarbons were recovered during disposal was around 1.25 million (a decrease of 0.39 million from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from such units was 1,388 tons (an increase of 46 tons from the previous fiscal year).
b) Fluorocarbons recovered from such units during maintenance
In FY2016, the total number of such units from which fluorocarbons were recovered during maintenance was 0.27 million (an increase of 0.027 million from the previous fiscal year), and the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from such units was around 1,388 tons (an increase of 46 tons from the previous fiscal year).

*Note:The term “during maintenance” refers to circumstances 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 action

It is necessary to curb the emissions of fluorocarbons because fluorocarbons are thought to both destroy the ozone layer and advance global warming. To achieve this goal, METI, jointly with the MOE and local governments, will steadily promote efforts for curbing the emissions of fluorocarbons by continuing publicity activities surrounding the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law, as well as factor analysis on fluorocarbons emissions in order to determine and enforce necessary measures.

Release date

October 26, 2017

Division in Charge

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

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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