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.

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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. 


Si­de event at the MOP29: Ma­na­ging ODS Banks is cru­ci­al

01.12.2017 , News :

Over 60 participants from the policy, private and public sector joined the second GIZ Proklima side event during this years´MOP29 on the climate impact of ODS banks. The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) via its International Climate Initiative (IKI). 

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Protecting the environment is a complex, where ozone depleting substances – or ODS – play a crucial role. If released to the atmosphere, those chemical substances deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. With its project "Management and Disposal of Existing Ozone-Depleting Substances in ODS Banks" GIZ Proklima aims at promoting the reduction of emissions from ODS banks in partner countries and raising awareness for the topic.

During the event, a new study (opens in a new window) – published within the project – was presented on the calculation of ODS banks. The paper presents the ODS banks results at national level based on available data from regular reporting to the Ozone Protection Secretariat. This approach is new and shows once again the urgent need to reduce these emissions. Current emissions from so-called ODS Banks correspond to 1.5 CO2eq per year or the annual emissions of 441 coal-fired power plants. The presentation of the side event can be found here (opens in a new window)!