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Promulgation and Enforcement of Public Notice relating to Ozone Layer Protection Act

Partially amending the matters set forth in Article 3, Paragraph (1), Item (i) to Item (iii) of the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances

October 24, 2018

The "Public Notice Partially Amending the Matters Set forth in Article 3, Paragraph (1), Item (i) to Item (iii) of the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances Pursuant to the Same Paragraph" was promulgated and enforced on October 24, 2018.

Based on the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances amended by the Act Partially Amending the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances (Act No. 69 of 2018), which was promulgated on July 4, 2018, this Public Notice stipulates upper limits for production and consumption of alternatives to specified substances (hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)), which were newly subjected to production restrictions, etc.

1. Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances

Based on the amendment of the Montreal Protocol in 2016, this Act newly covers alternatives to specified substances(*) as substances for which measures such as production restrictions are to be taken for the purpose of protecting the ozone layer while giving due consideration to its potential influence on global climate. The Act also provides that the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Minister of the Environment are to publicize upper limits for production and consumption of alternatives to specified substances by type, which Japan must observe based on the provisions of the Montreal Protocol.

(*) Substances alternative to specified substances (ozone depleting substances) that have serious effects on global warming; 18 types of HFCs are specified in the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances.

2. Outline of the Public Notice

Based on the volumes reported as requested after a survey conducted under Article 3 of the Supplementary Provisions of the Act Partially Amending the Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control and Other Measures on Specified Substances and Other Substances, upper limits for production and consumption of alternatives to specified substances by type, which Japan must observe, are specified as follows.

Period Production Consumption
Jan. 1, 2019 - 45,036,349 64,364,138
Jan. 1, 2024 - 30,024,232 42,909,425
Jan. 1, 2029 - 15,012,116 21,454,712
Jan. 1, 2034 - 10,008,077 14,303,141
Jan. 1, 2036 - 7,506,058 10,727,356

Unit: GWP tons (Actual weight (tons) x Global warming potential)

Division in Charge

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