If old cooling appliances are not disposed in an environmentally sound manner, emissions from these so-called "ODS and HFC banks" are released unhindered into the atmosphere. The resulting annual emissions are estimated to exceed 1.5 Gt CO2-eq. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 441 coal-fired power plants.
Consequently, the proper disposal of gases and foams in old cooling appliances offers enormous potential for climate action. Despite its significant cost-effectiveness, ODS and HFC banks management remains a "blind spot" in the international climate debate.