Demand for cooling and air conditioning units is rising sharply in the Global South.
The excessive use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are found in existing and old cooling equipment, insulation foam or cylinders, has led to the accumulation of large ODS and HFC banks globally.
When old cooling devices are not maintained and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, the legacy ODS and HFC banks’ release emissions freely into the atmosphere.
In this critical decade of climate action, addressing ODS and HFC banks is a multi-billion tonne climate mitigation opportunity that we have to seize. COPA is a comprehensive, pragmatic and fast action approach that will make a real difference
CLARE PERRY, CLIMATE CAMPAIGN LEADER, ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATION AGENCY (EIA)
Shift to Green Cooling + Sustainable refrigerant management
Shift to natural refrigerants and foam blowing agent with no ODP and very low GWP
Improve installation, maintenance and decommissioning to minimize leakages
Increase Energy Efficiency of cooling products
Establish sustainable ODS and HFC banks management
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