COPA – Pointing a light on a blind spot 

The global demand for refrigeration and air conditioning continues to grow, significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. In response to the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment, the sector is working to replace highly climate damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with more sustainable solutions. However, there is a blind spot left behind.

 

Outdated or end-of-life refrigerants, including foams, are not being managed in an environmentally sound manner, and lead to the accumulation of so-called ODS and HFC banks. These emit substances (CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs) that harm and deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. Each year, approximately 1.5 Gt CO2-eq are released from improperly managed or disposed refrigerants. This corresponds to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 441 coal-fired power plants. Currently, there are no global agreements or infrastructures in place to address this challenge.

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This is where COPA – the Climate Ozone Protection Alliance – steps in.
Together with partner countries and diverse actors, the Alliance accelerates the mitigation measures urgently needed to address accumulated amounts of Ozone Depleting Substances and Hydrofluorocarbons.  

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HOW WE WORK

COPA works jointly with partner countries and diverse actors across private and public sectors to advance the holistic solutions needed to reduce ODS and HFC banks, and ultimately complete the shift in the cooling sector to sustainable refrigerant management.

WE RAISE GLOBAL AWARENESS

on the topic of ODS and HFC banks

 

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We bring together

all relevant actors – from private and public sectors

 

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We advance holistic solutions

to reduce ODS and HFC banks

 

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We promote a global shift

to sustainable refrigerant management

 

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Our Services

Expertise
International
Network
Mitigation
Action Support

News and Events

05 /2022Event

Innovate4Climate Workshop: Raising GHG mitigation ambition in the cooling sector

On May 26, 2022 at 12:10 pm (EST) a virtual workshop was held on: Raising greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation ambition in the cooling sector by aligning Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement agenda. The workshop was part of the agenda of the annual Innovate4Climate (I4C) conference.

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05 /2022Event

Technology Solutions Working Group

GIZ and UNIDO launched the 1st Thematic Working Group (TWG) under the COPA initiative, focusing on technology solutions for ODS and HFC recovery, reclamation and destruction.

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03 /2022Publication

National Plan for the Management of ODS/HFC Banks in Colombia

A strategic Action Plan for the management of ODS and HFC banks in Colombia.

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OUR WORKING GROUPS

Together with partners and stakeholders from academia, the private sector, civil society and policy makers, we are working on the following topics:

Policy Framework
Policy
Framework

For an effective management of refrigerants and foams at end-of-life, suitable policy measures are required like venting bans or mandatory recovery.

Technology Solutions
Technology
Solutions

Working towards the best technical solutions for ODS and HFC recovery,
reclamation and destruction.

Financing Mechanism
Financing
Mechanism

The infrastructure for and operation of a collection scheme and the destruction or reclamation of ODS and HFCs needs to be based on a sustainable financing mechanism.

Implementation Models
Implementation
Models

Putting theory into practice and demonstrating how sustainable refrigerant management can be implemented.

"Old appliances containing ODS and HFC substances represent a blind spot when it comes to climate action. At the same time this sector carries a huge cost-effective and sustainable mitigation potential. I am convinced that COPA can support a global shift to sustainable refrigerant management.”

Nicole Wilke, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Projects & Countries

Our Network

COPA works jointly with partner countries and diverse actors across private and public sectors to advance the holistic solutions needed to reduce ODS and HFC banks, and ultimately complete the shift in the cooling sector to sustainable refrigerant management. Find out more about our partners here


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