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PART III. NATIONAL REPORTING GUIDELINES FOR CSD-14/15 THEMATIC AREAS

A. ATMOSPHERE/AIR POLLUTION

Government focal point(s):

Ministry of the Environment Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Responding ministry/office(s): Ministry of the Environment Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Decision Making

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Measures on Stationery Source . Concrete actions taken and progress made in implementation

In Japan, the Air Pollution Control Law, which regulates the emission of air pollutants aiming at conserving the ambient environment, was enacted in 1968. Current status of air pollution has been improved compared to the period of severe environmental pollution. However, further measures should be taken to eliminate SPM and photochemical oxidants because of the status of air pollution by these substances. Voluntary efforts by business entities as well as measures on stationery sources and mobile sources under the Law are attributed to the improvement of the status. An issue in improving ambient environment is that the achievement status of EQSs regarding photochemical oxidants remains low. Total number of days of which the photochemical oxidant warning was issued was 189, increased by approximately 75% to FY 2003. Air pollution by Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) has been improved in FY 2004, with the compliance rate of 98.5% for ambient air pollution monitoring stations (APMSs) and 99.6% for roadside air pollution monitoring stations (RAPMSs) respectively. However, it’s not enough because there still remains areas where regional air pollution occurs.

In this context, measures to control volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission, the material causing photochemical oxidants and SPM, is crucial. To this end, the Air Pollution Control Law was revised in May 2004 to include VOC

measures. emissions regulation

The revised law calls for the promotion of reduction measures on VOC

by factories through Policy Best Mix approach and voluntary efforts by business entities are

in which combined.

legal emission In FY 2004,

relevant

councils

and

committees

discussed

on

the

facilities

to

be

covered

by

the

regulation as well as on ordinances were revised in effective on April 1 2006.

the May

emission criteria.

As a result, relevant ministerial

and June 2005.

The legal emission regulation is to be

2.

Lessons learned and good practices Number of experts from industrial sector participated in the discussion on the VOC emissions reduction scheme, and the importance of the cooperation between

government

and

Japan (GoJ)

has

the industry was asked members of

all the more acknowledged. the councils and committees

The Government of to further discuss on

future direction of voluntary efforts. Currently, efforts have been made by entities for emissions reduction such as the development of low-VOC products.

business

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