As an NGO that deals specifically with issues such as the depletion of the ozone from use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and the resulting climate changes, Japan’s Save the Ozone Network (JASON) conducts a diverse array of research and surveys. We also raise awareness, and make policy recommendations related to these issues. We have been working toward the establishment of anti-CFC measures through various legal channels, An example of this is our work on the enactment of the Law Concerning the Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons in 2001.
While we have noted the ever-increasing interest in global warming this past winter, the main focus has been limited to the high level of CO2 emissions as a cause of climate change. Unfortunately, there is less attention directed towards limiting the use of fluorocarbons (chlorofluorocarbon and hydrochlorofluorocarbon), which we understand as another type of gas strongly contributing towards greenhouse effects.
Reflecting the need for immediate change, the year 2007 is the International Year of the Ozone Layer (coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Montreal Protocol), and therefore it should also be the year when we all revisit the CFC issue. While interest in global warming is increasing, the seriousness of the ozone layer depletion, on the contrary, has more often been neglected. The depletion of the ozone layer has not shown any sign of slow down or reversal and more effective measures are desperately needed.
In 2007, the International Year of the Ozone Layer, Japan’s Save the Ozone Network has started a new set of awareness raising activities such as DVD production and picture-story shows in Chinese while conducting its regular events such as the planning of an Eco Kids Camp.
It is extremely important that Japan takes a leading role in the introduction of CFC-free technology and providing environmental education to developing nations. We are excited to know that our environmental education and awareness raising research can contribute to the realization of those goals.
Coincidentally, the revision of the Law Concerning the Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons has been approved in Japan, and we will continue to proactively coordinate various symposiums, in order to establish a new mechanisms for anti-CFC measures within the construction industry.