Japan Enacts Amended Law for Curbing CFC Emissions

Politics

Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan on Wednesday enacted a bill to amend the law for curbing the emissions of fluorocarbons, in order to ensure their substitutes with strong greenhouse effects are recovered appropriately.

The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, approved the bill by a unanimous vote at a plenary session.

The measure, which last week passed the other chamber, the House of Representatives, will come into force within a year following its promulgation.

The revised law calls for stricter penalties against building owners and others so that substitutes for chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and other fluorocarbons used as refrigerants will not be released into the air when business-use refrigerators and air conditioners are disposed of.

At present, penalties are imposed on building owners and others who fail to appropriately recover fluorocarbons at the time of disposals of devices, only when they repeat violations despite prefectural government orders.

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