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.

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