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Aggregate Results of the FY2019 Amount of Recycled and Destroyed Fluorocarbons under the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law Compiled

August 31, 2020

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 FY2019 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 (See Tables 1 and 2)

According to the reports from recycling operators, the total amount of fluorocarbons recycled in FY 2019 was approximately 1,510 tons, up by 11.8% from those in FY2018 (approximately 1,351 tons).

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 16 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), approximately 867 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and approximately 627 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), showing a decrease of 30.4% for CFCs, an increase of 2.4% for HCFCs and an increase of 30.5% for HFCs from those in FY2018, 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 have recovered from collected Class 1 specified products in FY2019 was approximately 1,588 tons, up by 12.9% from approximately 1,406 tons in FY2018. Meanwhile, the total amount of fluorocarbons delivered to destruction operators without recycling in FY 2019 was approximately 55 tons, up by 46.7% from approximately 37 tons in FY2018.


Table 1: Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons in FY2019

Notes:
1. These figures have been rounded off to the nearest integer and may not add up to the indicated total.
2. The amount of collected fluorocarbons includes the weight of fluorocarbons dissolved in lubricating oil, while the amount of recycled fluorocarbons represents the real amount of recycled fluorocarbons excluding oil, etc. Accordingly, the combination of the respective subtotals does not always correspond to the total amount.


Table 2: Aggregate Amounts of Recycled Fluorocarbons by Type in FY2019

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 FY2019 was approximately 4,118 tons, down by 5.6% from approximately 4,364 tons in FY2018.

Amounts broken down by type of fluorocarbon: approximately 93 tons of CFCs, approximately 1,538 tons of HCFCs, and approximately 2,476 tons of HFCs, showing a decrease of 19.4% for CFCs, a decrease of 13.9% for HCFCs and an increase of 0.8% for HFCs from those in FY2018, respectively.

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

An analysis of the amount of fluorocarbons collected by the destruction operators according to the types of specified products defined in the Revised Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law shows that approximately 3,395 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 1 specified products (commercial refrigerators and air conditioners),* down by 7.0% from approximately 3,649 tons in FY2018, and that approximately 696 tons of fluorocarbons were recovered from Class 2 specified products (vehicle manufacturers, etc. and designated recycling organizations),** down by 3.7% from approximately 723 tons in FY2018.

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 FY2019

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 FY2019

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 FY2019, 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 2020.

Moreover, a manager of Class 1 specified products of a business which has leaked over a predetermined amount of fluorocarbons (1,000 tons or more of CO2 per year) from any Class 1 specified product is required to calculate the amount of leaked fluorocarbons from the product which the manager is responsible for and report the results to the government (to the minister with jurisdiction). In response, the government (METI and MOE ministers) will aggregate the reported information and publish the results by the end of 2020.

Division in Charge

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