Press Release

June 30, 2006
  • Global Environment

An Aggregate of Fluorocarbons Destroyed in FY 2005

The Ministry of the Environment announced the amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in FY 2005 based on reports submitted by fluorocarbon destruction operators as required under the Law concerning the Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons (hereinafter referred to as the "Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law").

1. Total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed
Fluorocarbons destroyed in FY 2005 totaled 2,788 tons, a 6% decrease from the FY 2004 level. The breakdown of this figure by fluorocarbons is 556 tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), 1,623 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and 608 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

2. Amount of specified products collected
The breakdown of fluorocarbons collected by specified products stipulated in the Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law is 2,108 tons of class-1 specified products (commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment), a decrease of approximately 15% from the FY 2004 level, and 693 tons of class-2 specified products (car air conditioners), an increase of approximately 52% from the FY 2004 level.

Note: Since January 2005, recovery of fluorocarbons used as refrigerant in car air conditioners has been carried out in line with the Law for the Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles.

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