Japan Launches Int'l Initiative on Fluorocarbon Management


Madrid, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government held a ceremony in Madrid on Tuesday to mark the launch of a Japan-led international initiative on the life-cycle management of fluorocarbons, used in refrigerators and air conditioners and with the risk of having major greenhouse effects.

The inauguration ceremony took place on the sidelines of the ongoing 25th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP25, in the Spanish capital.

The initiative, which calls for properly disposing of fluorocarbons, was joined by France, Chile, Singapore and four other countries, as well as international organizations including the World Bank.

"To achieve the net-zero emission target, actions for fluorocarbons are inevitable," Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said in a speech during the ceremony.

Japan's regulations on the disposal of fluorocarbon-containing devices are stricter than the regulations in other countries.

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