June 21, 2004
The Ministry of the Environment announced amount of fluorocarbons destructed in FY 2003 which was reported by fluorocarbons destruction operaters in compliance with the Law concerning the Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the "Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law"). The Ministry of the Environment said that it was necessary to promote various measures to ensure complete recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons.
|1.||Total amount of destructed volume|
The destruction of fluorocarbons in FY 2003 totaled 2,431 tons, a 36% increase* compared to FY 2002. The breakdown of this figure by the type of fluorocarbons is; chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 629 tons, Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) 1,471 tons, and Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) 331 tons.
|*||Since the stipulation related to the class-2 specified equipment (air conditioners installed on motor vehicles) in the Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law became effective in October 2002, the total volume for the destruction of class-2 specified equipment in FY 2002 is only for 6 months. Therefore, this value for six months was converted for one year value to make a comparison.|
|2.||Collected volume by the specified equipment|
Classifying collected fluorocarbons by destruction operators according to the specified equipment stipulated in the Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law, the figures are; 2,022 tons for class-1 specified equipment (air conditioners, refrigerators and chillers for commercial and business use), an increase of approximately 28 % compared to FY 2002 and 414 tons for class-2 specified equipment (air conditioners installed on motor vehicles), an increase of approximately 52% compared to FY 2002 (converting 6 months value to one year value).