Ma­­na­ge­­ment and De­­struc­­ti­on of ozone de­p­­le­­ting sub­­stan­ces in ODS banks

The excessive use of ODS and HFCs has led to the accumulation of large banks, so-called “ODS and HFC Banks” globally. Their yearly emissions are be equal to that of the carbon dioxide from more than 440 coal power plants.

Map with partner countries

Partner Countries

The global IKI-project ODS Banks provides strategies and good practice approaches for a sustainable management of ODS banks and assists the partner countries to develop their national sustainable management systems for ODS contained in old cooling equipment. The focus of the project lies on the waste management of appliances containing ODS and HFCs since this is when the most significant part of the banks’ emissions are released to the atmosphere through leaking refrigerants. The reduction of emission of ODS and HFC banks, which have a very high global warming potential, can therefore significantly contribute to the achievement of partner countries’ mitigation targets and NDCs.

To support the establishment of appropriate collection, recovery and destruction procedure in the partner countries, the project assists them to in the improvement of prevailing conditions and by transferring good practices and technology for the management and destruction of ODS banks. This includes policy advisory, technology transfer and capacity building activities, such as Training of trainers and of technicians, stakeholder workshops and the development of sustainable financial mechanisms. In addition, the project developed among other guidelines on ODS bank inventories, policies, collection systems and transboundary movements of ODS waste.

ODS Video

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Especially the cooperation with the partner countries Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Iran and Tunisia produced several trainings on different topics, such as manual dismantling of refrigerators and air conditioners, set-up of financial scheme in the sector, and development of ODS Banks inventory are further success stories of the project. Additionally, pilot projects included the installation of degassing and reclaim units in Colombia for the proper handling of refrigerants. 


New short mo­vie on cli­ma­te im­pact of old de­vices with ODS

01.12.2017 , News :

Old equipment containing ozone-depleting substances is a major challenge for many developing countries. An environmentally sound recycling or final destruction of ODS usually does not take place. Against this background, GIZ Proklima has produced a short film to raise awareness for this complex problem and to illustrate the alarming climate impact of old devices containing ODS.

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The short movie, which was produced under the project “Management and destruction of existing ozone depleting substances in ODS banks”, is available on the GIZ Youtube Channel (opens in a new window)! The movie is in English, but subtitles in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi and Arabic can be selected.