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Add Japan to the list of Countries targeting HFC use and emissions

In recent months, we have witnessed increased global regulatory movement regarding HFC products.

HFCs are commonly used in applications such as refrigeration, foam blowing and fire suppression.

From the HFC phase-down proposals under the Montreal Protocol, to the EU F-Gas proposal for an HFC phase-down and the recently imposed Australian tax on HFCs , the consequence of diminishing future availability or added cost of HFCs in fire protection applications is becoming more evident. Clearly there is global momentum to move away from use of HFCs in fire suppression.

Add Japan to the list of Countries targeting HFC use and emissions
According to news sources, Japan is planning to amend its existing Ozone Layer Protection Law (No. 53 of 1988) in an effort to reduce both the manufacturing and use of HFCs. The use of HFCs has increased significantly in Japan in recent years in many industries, according to recent reports from Japan's Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, thus prompting the governmental concern. If not addressed, the continued use of HFCs (and similar products) could result in emission levels in Japan in 2020 that are twice as high as those experienced in 2010.

Although final details have not been determined at this time, the government may evaluate possible taxes on HFCs, as well as actively promote the use of currently available alternatives with preferred environmental attributes.

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