The Start of Fluorocarbon Recovery and Destruction in Vietnam
-Introduction of a Dedicated Fluorocarbon Destruction Equipment-

Apr. 26. 2021
Marubeni Corporation

Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, "Marubeni") is planning to begin a project for recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons in the suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam (hereinafter, "this Project") under the "Subsidy Project for Recovery and Destruction fluorocarbons” using the "Joint Crediting Mechanism (*1) (hereinafter, "JCM") supported by the Japanese Ministry of Environment (adopted FY2018-FY2020).

Recently, Marubeni introduced the first dedicated fluorocarbon destruction equipment in developing countries for the purpose of destroying fluorocarbons recovered from such items as discarded home appliances, large air-conditioning equipment, and discarded automobiles, and has conducted a trial run of the equipment. In the future, Marubeni will confirm the effectiveness of this project and popularize fluorocarbon recovery and destruction schemes in Vietnam with aim of earning JCM credits.

At COP25 held in December 2019, the Japanese Government launched the Fluorocarbon Initiative (IFL) (*2), a fluorocarbon life cycle management initiative. In October 2020, the Japanese Government announced that it would aim for "essentially zero greenhouse gas (hereinafter, "GHG") emissions by 2050." GHG reduction is an urgent issue in the world, and the recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons is one of the most useful methods for reducing GHG; Marubeni utilizes Japanese technology and recovery and destruction schemes in Japan. In addition, the company will contribute to Japan's GHG reduction target by earning JCM credits through this Project.

It is estimated that current global emissions of fluorocarbons will exceed about 1 billion tons (CO2 equivalent) per year and 2 billion tons (CO2 equivalent) per year by 2030 (1.5 times the annual GHG emissions of Japan). Promoting the control measures of fluorocarbon emissions, especially in developing countries, will lead to a reduction in GHG emissions worldwide and is important as a measure against climate change.

Marubeni had a fluorocarbon destruction project registered in the CDM (*3) project in China during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2008-2012) and achieved a GHG reduction of 6 million tons per year and contributed to achieving the Japan’s Kyoto Protocol goals. Going forward, in developing countries such as Vietnam, with the cooperation of Japanese companies, Marubeni will continue to increase the amount of fluorocarbons recovered from such items as discarded home appliances, large air-conditioning equipment, and discarded automobiles, and aim to establish a recovery / destruction scheme that utilizes incentives through regulations and credit. In addition, the project will contribute to Marubeni's "Long-term Vision on Climate Change" announced in March 2021, "Contributing to low-carbon/low-free goals through business activities," and also to Japan's achievement of GHG reduction targets using JCM.

(*1) Joint Crediting Mechanism
A system that contributes to sustainable development, such as GHG reduction in developing countries, by providing Japan's excellent low-carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure, and sharing the results between the two countries. (Source: Global Environment Centre Foundation website)

(*2) IFL (Initiative on Fluorocarbons Life Cycle Management)
Fluorocarbon life cycle management initiative. This initiative promotes concrete efforts and innovations, and also government and private sector departments. The IFL promotes collaborative activities for mutual benefit of each entity together with the gate and international organizations. It will also support the strengthening of fluorocarbon lifecycle management and work with existing activities and frameworks. (Source: Ministry of the Environment website)

(*3) CDM (Clean Development Mechanism)
A system in which developed countries support the efforts of developing countries to reduce GHG emissions with funds and technology, and the achieved GHG reductions can be used as part of the GHG reductions of developed countries. It is one of the "Kyoto Mechanism" systems included in the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is stipulated in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol.

<About this Project>
Location Vietnam Bac Ninh Province
Thuan Thanh Environment Joint Stock Company (Waste Disposal Plant)
Project Description Fluorocarbon recovery / destruction project


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Training for trial operation of installed equipment at Thuan Thanh, Vietnam. Training for trial operation of installed equipment at Thuan Thanh, Vietnam.

Press Release Dated August 26, 2019
Participation in PoC for Fluorocarbon Recovery and Destruction Business in Vietnam
-Contributing to Climate Change Countermeasures-