On 21 July 2022, around 160 participants, representing different countries and organizations, took part in the virtual COPA soft launch.
After weeks and months of work from different parties the excitement was big to finally launch the Climate and Ozone Protection Alliance (COPA).
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), COPA will focus on pointing light on a blind spot that was left behind for quite some time: Outdated or end-of-life refrigerants, including foams, are not being managed in an environmentally sound manner, and lead to the accumulation of so-called ODS and HFC banks. COPA accelerates the mitigation measures urgently needed to address accumulated amounts of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
As an integral part of the launch, the new website of the Alliance was presented by the COPA Secretariat, currently formed by GIZ. It contains the specification of the working groups, what COPA is all about, information about ODS and HFC banks management, as well as the form to become a member of the Alliance. You are more than welcome to take a look yourself and visit the website (Ouvrira une nouvelle fenêtre).
What is coming next?
The working groups on technology solutions, financing mechanisms, policy framework and implementation models will get together and follow up on their work. If you are interested in joining and becoming a member, you can find more information here.