Aiming for a CFC-free society
The Network engages in various activities aimed at creating a society free of dependence on CFCs.
To achieve that, the Network engages in various activities. We are serious about our mission. At the same time, we strive to make the activities of the Network interesting and enjoyable for all our members.
Below is our NPO Corporation Memorandum of Intent.
NPO Corporation Memorandum of IntentOnce seen as a miracle
substance, CFCs we now know have a damaging effect on the protective
ozone layer of the stratosphere and, as a result of CFCs, harmful UV
rays are raining down on the earth’s surface. In 1985 this phenomenon
became internationally recognized when the Vienna Convention for the
Protection of the Ozone Layer was established.
from this international convention, the Montreal Protocol was
subsequently signed as an agreement by countries in the national
community on regulations concerning the production and consumption of
ozone-depleting substances. To ratify this protocol, Japan established
the Law Concerning the Protection of the Ozone Layer and established
regulations for the production and consumption of specified CFCs.
Unfortunately, however, there are no laws to date prohibiting the
release into the atmosphere of various CFC emissions produced prior to
enactment of this law and consequently CFCs used in air conditioners
and other devices are released into the atmosphere at the time of their
repair or disposal.
To put an end to CFCs and other harmful
emissions in the environment, the Japan’s Save the Ozone Network came
into being when Takasaki City University of Economics Professor Fumi
Ishii enlisted supporters and held a symposium to promote CFC recovery
at Takasaki in Gunma Prefecture. Since then, the Network has been
involved in various projects to promote CFC recovery and disposal
nationwide. As a result, we have expanded into a network consisting of
about 50 local bodies nationwide engaged in activities to protect the
However, because efforts to establish a system
for recovery at sites handling air conditioning equipment have not
resulted in specific measures, there is an attitude in government that
in such cases the release of CFCs into the atmosphere is permissible.
Since its inception, the Japan’s Save the Ozone Network has been
appealing to government authorities and Diet members to establish
legislation to make such emissions illegal (1994). With the support of
Diet members, we are stepping up our activities which include the
holding of a study group within the Diet.
of concern that there may be an increase in harmful UV rays due to
depletion of the ozone layer, we have since the establishment of the
Network informed the general public of the effects of UV rays and
measures concerning UV rays. We have also promoted projects in various
areas of Japan particularly for persons involved in the upbringing of
children. These activities include the holding symposiums and
publishing picture books.
At the end of 1995, the production
of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) was completely phased out in developed
countries as the Montreal Protocol came into force. However, the
conviction of the Japan’s Save the Ozone Network regarding the
importance of the recovery and disposal of CFCs contained in existing
devices has not in any way diminished and we are continuing our
activities. Furthermore, HCFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), HFCs
(hydrofluorocarbons), and PFCs (perfluorocarbons), which were developed
as substitute gases for CFCs, do not have chemical structures that
originally existed on earth. As substances that do not easily decompose
or circulate in the ecological systems of the earth’s environment in a
natural way, it has become clear that these gases cause global warming
and contribute to the pollution of earth’s environment. As an
organization involved in CFC issues, Japan’s Save the Ozone Network
holds the belief that it is our duty as an environmental protection
organization to raise the awareness of the general public and persons
involved in government about these gases which were developed as
substitutes. Therefore, as of the Third Conference of Parties to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Kyoto in 1997, the
Network has been committed to promoting activities including
international conferences in cooperation with related organizations
both in Japan and overseas.
Through our activities, surveys
and research to date, the Japan’s Save the Ozone Network recognizes
that our way of living and our industrial methods which depend on
artificially-generated chemical materials such as CFCs are a
fundamental problem. It is our ultimate mission to work toward a
CFC-free society which no longer utilizes CFCs. To achieve this, the
Japan’s Save the Ozone Network has determined that the three following
tasks will be its main duties in society: (1) to promote the recovery
and disposal of CFCs that are produced and used, (2) to demand that
laws be established to support such efforts, and (3) to make widely
known to the general public the harmful effects of CFCs and measures
for dealing with them.
As a result of continuing these
activities for over seven years, the Japan’s Save the Ozone Network has
had the opportunity to establish organizations to promote activities to
protect the ozone layer in regions throughout Japan. During this time,
our Network has come to be known as an influential organization for
environmental protection where a large number of people interact in
meaningful exchanges and achieve “at a local level activities that take
into consideration the entire earth”. With a desire to promote these
activities as a responsible organization, we hereby establish Japan’s
Save the Ozone Network as an NPO corporation.
Specified Nonprofit Organization Japan’s Save the Ozone Network
August 19, 2000