Cli­ma­te and Ozone Pro­tec­tion Al­li­an­ce (CO­PA)

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Partner countries: Global, China, Ghana
Implementing partners: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Demand for cooling and air conditioning units is rising sharply in the Global South. As a result, there is an ever-growing number of appliances and foams containing halogenated hydrocarbons. These are either ozone-depleting substances (ODS) or have a high global-warming potential (hydrofluorocarbons, HFCs). When old cooling devices are not disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, the legacy ‘ODS and HFC banks’ release emissions freely into the atmosphere.

The disposal of ODS and HFC banks is not currently a priority in the international climate debate. To date, the international community has only agreed to regulate the production and consumption of ODS in the Montreal Protocol and to phase-down climate-warming HFCs in the Kigali Amendment. An agreement on how to dispose of existing ODS and HFCs is still needed.


Policy-makers are taking measures to get rid of ODS and HFC banks and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are also incorporating this issue into their national climate strategies.


The Climate and Ozone Protection Alliance (COPA) is combating emissions from old cooling devices in China and Ghana. As the project progresses, more countries demonstrating considerable potential for reducing ODS and HFCs will be identified and supported. As part of this, the plan is to expand networks and to establish the Alliance in the countries concerned at political level. COPA is focusing above all on working with metropolitan regions, as this is where large quantities of legacy ODS and HFCs build up. In terms of putting reduction measures into practice, COPA carries out status quo analyses and implements practical models in selected metropolitan regions.

Last update: November 2022

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22.07.2022 , News :

On 13 July 2022, the Tourism Value Chain organized the online event “Mobilizing Climate Finance: Investing in Solutions and Innovations for Sustainable Tourism”. 

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Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project has been in collaboration with the Tourism Value Chain (TVC) implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) project on sustainable and climate-friendly cooling for the tourism sector in the Philippines.  Both projects are implemented on behalf of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV-IKI).

The event provided options for local tourism sector operators to access climate finance and sustainable investment options to expand local tourism as part of green recovery efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cooling often makes more than 50 % of the energy consumption in hotels. Therefore, GIZ was invited to provide its experience in introducing climate-friendly and energy efficient Green Cooling solutions. Lara Teutsch, advisor at the global cooling program GIZ Proklima presented options for hotels to make significant savings in energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through the use of green cooling and renewable energy, and how the tourism sector can finance the transition.

On its second phase, C4 II in the Philippines introduced COOL LAB PH, an exchange platform among cooling projects in the Philippines. TVC has actively participated in COOL LAB PH with projects implemented under the Multilateral Fund (MLF) of the Montreal Protocol and other projects implemented from various donors and financing sources.


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You can find the recording of the event here. For more information on sustainable cooling solutions visit: Technology - Green Cooling Initiative (

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