GIZ Proklima and the Ozone Technical Unit (UTO) of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, carry out activities aimed at evaluating alternatives for the correct final management of the RAC equipment and the refrigerant substances they contain.
These include recovery of the refrigerant gas, disassembly of the equipment for the transformation and recovery of the extracted materials, and regeneration of the recovered refrigerant. The operation of one of the regeneration centers of the National Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling and Regeneration Network of Colombia has been strengthened, increasing its capacity through a unit capable of regenerating refrigerant gas mixtures. You can learn more about this project in this video (opens in a new window). In 2019, two industrial degassing machines will be donated to the post-consumer program of household appliances Red Verde, which will allow the recovery and separation ofoil and refrigerant gases contained in refrigerators more efficiently.
Thus, UTO and GIZ Proklima, through the project "Management and Destruction of ozone depleting substances in ODS banks", from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) (opens in a new window) of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) (opens in a new window), seek to strengthen each of the stages that are part of the end-of-life management of refrigerant substances and RAC equipment, seeking to follow the foundations of the circular economy defined in Colombia's 9Rs (opens in a new window), and achieving a significant reduction of the resulting emissions from the ODS and HFC banks.