Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Amended in 2018)

Name of policy Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Amended in 2018)
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country Japan
Region Asia


Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Monitoring
    Sector name
    Policy description The Ozone Layer Protection Act (Law No. 53 of May 20, 1988) aimed to control the production and import of designated CFCs under the regulations and endeavor to shift such CFCs to alternative ones that do not cause depletion of the ozone layer.

    The Ozone Layer Protection Act was amended in July 2018 and will enter into force in April 2019.

    Under the revised Ozone Layer Protection Act, Japan will accelerate the shift of alternative CFCs to green coolants, refrigerants that do not deplete or negatively impact the ozone layer. The amendment sets a ceiling on the production and consumption of HFCs, set guidelines to allocate production quota per producer as well as regulate exports and imports. The consumption levels are projected to be below the Kigali cap at least until 2029, when the Kigali cap lowers significantly. (sources: Climate Action Tracker, and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI))

    Policy type
    • Non-energy1
    Policy stringency
    Implementation state Implemented
    Date of decision 2018
    Start date of implementation 2019
    End date of implementation
    High impact No
    Impact indicator


    Source or references
    Supports policies
    Is supported by policies
    Comments (background and assessment)
    Status Final

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