The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association

International Relations

July 2023 UNEP OEWG45 (in Bangkok, Thailand)

JRAIA's Side Event at OEWG45 18:00-20:00 MONDAY 3rd July, 2023

Japan’s Fluorocarbons Policy and Industry’s Actions toward Carbon Neutrality by 2050


Abstract:As Japan is moving toward Carbon Neutrality including HFCs emission sector by 2050, action and cooperation among stakeholders are the key for the achievement. In this side event, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and MOE (Ministry of the Environment) of the Government of Japan provided the update on its Fluorocarbons control policy and latest activities on Initiative on Fluorocarbons Life Cycle Management (IFL). JRAIA (The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association) explained latest efforts and challenges industry face to achieve Japan’s target for CN2050 as well as advantages of the direct expansion system and use of ultra-low GWP refrigerants. In addition, HPTCJ (Heat Pump & Thermal Storage Technology Center of Japan) presented the role of heat pumps to achieve carbon neutrality.

Presentation 1

Japan’s Life Cycle Management Approach towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality Goal

By Yurie OSAWA, Deputy Director, Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy,Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment (MOE)


Presentation 2

Japan’s Policy Measures for Controlling Refrigerant - focusing on Quota system and top-runner scheme

By Tadashi YAMADA, Deputy Director, Fluoride Gases Management Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)


Presentation 3

Accelerating Efforts towards Carbon Neutrality in Japanese Industry

By Tetsuji OKADA President, JRAIA


Presentation 4

The Role of Heat Pumps towards Decarbonization

By Takahiro ASAHI, Manager, International & Technical Research Department Heat Pump & Thermal Storage Technology Center of Japan


Presentation 5

Individual decentralized AC system: essential for CN2050, New refrigerant development

By Masato YOSOMIYA WG chair, Global Strategy Committee, JRAIA