Management and Destruction of ODS Banks
Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in existing stockpiles of chemicals and products that are being discarded because they are no longer useful or replaced in connection with energy efficiency programs, so called ‘ODS banks’, threaten to leak into the atmosphere, potentially jeopardizing the repair of the ozone layer and posing significant threats to the global climate.
Because of these threats, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol instructed the Multilateral Fund (MLF) in 2007 to finance ODS bank destruction pilot projects in developing countries.
UNDP is implementing several of such pilot ODS banks related projects, which are instrumental in helping to determine the economic feasibility of collection and destruction strategies. Results from these pilot projects will help to identify and secure funding necessary to collect and destroy ODS banks on a larger scale.
Examples of such projects are:
- Brazil: Early retirement of refrigerators and ODS Banks management/destruction
- Ghana: Integrated Plan for Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation and ODS Reduction for the Refrigeration Sector
The destruction of ODS banks in developing countries has the potential to reduce 4 – 6 billon tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions over the next 20 – 30 years.
Topics in Protecting the Ozone Layer and Safeguarding the Global Climate
- HCFC Phase out Management Plans
- ODS Banks Destruction
- Climate Change Mitigation and ODS Phase-out
- Environmental Financing for ODS Life-cycle Management
- 11 Jun 2013:UNDP welcomes China-US agreement to combat climate change
- 12 Apr 2013:UNDP and the United Arab Emirates to reduce Dubai's carbon footprint
- 02 Apr 2013:Colombia’s refrigeration industry promoting green economy
- 10 Dec 2012:UNDP receives award for exceptional contribution to protecting Earth’s ozone layer
- 26 Mar 2012:Indonesia: Partnership helps preserve climate and build green economy
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report showcasing how 120 countries eliminated more than 67,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and over 5 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, helping to improve air quality and technological practices in such sectors as refrigeration and air conditioning, solvents, and foams.
"...the Montreal protocol has reduced them [CFCs] by the equivalent of 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (compared with doing nothing), making it by far the world’s most effective action to tackle climate change"
- Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol
- Global Environment Facility
- Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
- Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- The Ozone Secretariat
- Montreal Protocol publications in Portuguese