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Aggregate Results of the FY2018 Amount of Recycled and Destroyed Fluorocarbons under the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law Compiled

July 18, 2019

Under the Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the “Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction 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 FY2018 aggregate results from the reports submitted by recycle 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 (See Tables 1 and 2)

According to the reports from recycling operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons recycled in FY 2018 was approximately 1,351 tons, up by 4.3% from those in FY2017 (approximately 1,295 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 23 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 846 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 481 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), showing a decrease of 24.2% for CFCs, a decrease of 1.5% for HCFCs and an increase of 18.9% for HFCs from those in FY2017, respectively.

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 recovered from collected Class 1 specified products in FY2018 was approximately 1,406 tons, up by 7.4% from approximately 1,309 tons in FY2017, while that of fluorocarbons that were not recycled and delivered to destruction operators was approximately 37 tons, down by 5.3% from approximately 40 tons in FY2017.

Table 1: Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons in FY2018

(Unit: kg)

  CFC HCFC HFC Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2018 12,734 56,724 30,863 100,320
Amount of collected fluorocarbons [Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners)] 18,511 879,145 508,516 1,406,172
Amount of recycled fluorocarbons 23,491 846,345 480,684 1,350,520
Amount of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators 8 30,525 6,934 37,467
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2018 4,813 54,696 51,201 110,710

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

Table 2: Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons by Type in FY2018

(Unit: kg)

CFC HCFC HFC
R11 23,491 R22 808,239 R32 1,522
R12 0 R123 38,107 R134a 47,781
R502 0     R404A 50,409
    R407C 124,376
R410A 256,595
Total 23,491 Total 846,345 Total 480,684
Total amount of recycled CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs 1,350,520

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 Tables 3 and 4)

According to the reports from the destruction operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in FY2018 was approximately 4,364 tons, down by 3.9% from approximately 4,543 tons in FY2017.

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 116 tons of CFCs, approximately 1,786 tons of HCFCs, and approximately 2,457 tons of HFCs, showing a decrease of 6.2% for CFCs, a decrease of 12.3% for HCFCs and an increase of 3.3% for HFCs from those in FY2017, respectively.

2. Amounts of collected fluorocarbons from Class 1 and Class 2 specified products (See Table 3)

An analysis of the amount of fluorocarbons recovered by the destruction operators from Class 1 and Class 2 specified products as defined in the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law shows that approximately 3,649 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners),* down by 4.0% from approximately 3,803 tons in FY2017, and that approximately 723 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations),** down by 0.4% from approximately 726 tons in FY2017.

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 manufactured 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 3: Aggregate Amounts of Destroyed Fluorocarbons in FY2018

(Unit: kg)

  CFC HCFC HFC Other mixed refrigerants Total
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the beginning of FY2018 5,300 146,332 48,147 379 200,158
  Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners) 110,159 1,780,985 1,751,450 6,269 3,648,863
  Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations) 3,488 0 719,788 0 723,276
Total amount of collected fluorocarbons 113,647 1,780,985 2,471,238 6,269 4,372,138
Total amount of destroyed fluorocarbons 115,544 1,785,530 2,456,654 6,646 4,364,375
Amount of fluorocarbons in storage at the end of FY2018 3,403 141,787 62,731 1 207,921
Note: These figures have been rounded off to the nearest integer and may not add up to the indicated total.
 
Table 4: Aggregate Amounts of Destroyed Fluorocarbons by Type in FY2018

(Unit: kg)

CFC HCFC HFC Other mixed refrigerants
R11 84,890 R22 1,757,384 R23 15,306  
R12 18,776 R123 18,615 R32 39,560
R13s 236 R124 54 R125 33
R113 2,001 R141b 216 R134a 849,260
R114 1,879 R401A 651 R143a 1
R500 67 R402A 0 R152a 4
R501 7 R403A 71 R227ea 142
R502 7,689 R403B 558 R236fa 0
    R408A 81 R245fa 2,857
R409A 3,391 R404A 175,682
R411A 3,066 R407A 517
R412A 369 R407C 483,563
R414A 98 R407D 470
R509A 975 R407E 4,239
    R410A 882,353
R413A 105
R417A 193
R421A 29
R421B 175
R422A 104
R422D 59
R423A 42
R427A 394
R437A 222
R440A 6
R507A 952
R508A 372
R508B 15
Total 115,544 Total 1,785,530 Total 2,456,654 6,646
Total amount of destroyed CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs 4,364,375
Note: These figures have been rounded off to the nearest integer and may not add up to the indicated total.
 

Future schedule

Concerning the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from Class 1 specified products in FY2018, METI and MOE ministers will receive reports from prefectural governors on the amounts of recovered fluorocarbons packed in Class 1 specified products, which should be reported by fluorocarbon recovery operators for the products, and they will release the nationwide aggregate results of the reports by the end of 2019.

Division in Charge

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