Management and Destruction of ODS Banks

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:

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.

In Focus
Progress on eliminating ozone-depleting substances in 120 countries, UNDP report

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 quickest way to cut greenhouse gases is to expand the Montreal protocol

"...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"