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Aggregate Results of the FY2017 Amount of Recycled and Destroyed Fluorocarbons under the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law Compiled

July 19, 2018

Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment

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 FY2017 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 FY2017 was approximately 1,295 tons, showing an increase of approximately 3.7% from FY2016 (1,248 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 31 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 859 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 404 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), showing a decrease of approximately 3.1% for CFCs, a decrease of approximately 1.0% for HCFCs and an increase of approximately 15.5% for HFCs from the FY2016.

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 FY2017 was approximately 1,309 tons, showing a decrease of 3.2% from FY2016 (1,352 tons). The total amount of fluorocarbons that were not recycled and delivered to destruction operators was approximately 40 tons, showing an increase of 13.6% from FY2016 (35 tons).

Table 1. Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons in FY2017

(Unit: kg)
  CFC HCFC HFC Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2017 12,195 105,814 22,991 141,000
Amount of collected fluorocarbons
[Class 1 (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)]
37,790 845,265 425,982 1,309,037
Amount of recycled fluorocarbons 30,996 859,435 404,378 1,294,809
Amount of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators 5,094 28,235 6,220 39,550
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2017 12,734 56,724 30,863 100,320

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 [See Table 2]

According to the reports from destruction operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in FY2017 was approximately 4,543 tons, showing a decrease of approximately 5.1% from FY2016 (4,784 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 123 tons of CFCs, approximately 2,037 tons of HCFCs, and approximately 2,378 tons of HFCs, showing a decrease of approximately 18.1% for CFCs, approximately 13.8% for HCFCs and an increase of approximately 4.9% for HFCs from FY2016.

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 3,803 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners),* showing a decrease of approximately 6.8% from FY2016 (4,082 tons), and that approximately 726 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations),** showing an increase of approximately 5.4% from FY2016.

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 FY2017

(Unit: kg)
  CFC HCFC HFC Others Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2017 6,499 147,159 60,465 378 214,501
  Class 1
(commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)
117,840 2,036,047 1,643,354 5,301 3,802,541
Class 2
(vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations)
4,136 0 721,935 0 726,071
Amount of collected fluorocarbons 121,976 2,036,047 2,365,288 5,301 4,528,612
Amount of destroyed fluorocarbons 123,163 2,036,874 2,377,606 5,300 4,542,942
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2017 5,312 146,332 48,147 379 200,170

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 FY2017 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.

Division in Charge

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