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.

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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. 


ODS Sta­ke­hol­der Work­shop in Tu­ni­sia

01.03.2020 , News :

On February 20, 2020 the final stakeholder workshop to discuss the implementation of Tunisia’s ozone depleting substances (ODS) Banks roadmap took place in Tunis, Tunisia with more than 50 participants from the private and public sector.

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The roadmap is a strategic action plan for ODS bank management and destruction activities. It provides status quo analyses of regulatory, financial, collection, recycling and destruction processes and provides recommendations on long- and short-term actions to be implemented to address ODS Banks. The overreaching goal is to reduce emissions from ODS Banks.

The aim of the stakeholder workshop was to exchange on the content of the roadmap and discuss responsibilities and measures needed to implement it. The workshop started by giving the participants a short introduction to the ODS banks project, the concepts of national roadmaps and Tunisia’s current refrigerant policy. Several discussion rounds on required policy measures related to the financial mechanism and the collection and destruction infrastructure to be implemented followed. During the workshop, announcements were made indicating Tunisia's imminent adherence to the Kigali Amendment and the inclusion of Tunisia's HFC reduction commitments in its updated NDC.

The stakeholder workshop was organized by the Proklima ODS Banks project along with the partners National Agency for Environmental Protection (ANPE), National Agency for Waste Management (ANGed) and National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME).

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