Pilot Demonstration Project on ODS-Waste Management and Disposal


UNDP Ghana in collaboration with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Commission of Ghana and the Center for Rural and Industrial Research (CRIR) has developed an overarching strategy to provide climate and ozone benefits through the Integrated Plan for Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation and Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Reductions for the Refrigeration Sector. This integrated plan brings about the convergence of 3 synergistic interventions to combine and sequence financing for: (i) the phasing out of HCFC based appliances (MLF); (ii) the promotion of energy efficient refrigerators through Market Transformation (GEF) and (iii) the complimentary pilot project for the recovery and disposal of ODS (MLF). The ultimate objective of this plan is to bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the people in Ghana through the scaling up of energy efficient appliances with low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) for the mainstreaming of ozone and climate benefits into the national development plan.   

This ‘learning by doing’ pilot seeks to demonstrate how the technical, financial, regulatory and institutional barriers and risks could be overcome to set up an ODS management-disposal facility. The project will demonstrate the management and disposal* of ODS refrigerants recovered from old stocks (1.8 t) and subsequent early retired or end of life (EOL) refrigerators/freezers, air-conditioners as well as from the servicing sectors. Waste-ODS would be transported from the refrigerator dismantling centers to be set up with the assistance of the GEF-project (for end-of-life equipment) as well as from the Recovery Centers to be set up through the MLF-funded HPMP (for functioning equipment being serviced). The ODS thus collected will be transported and destroyed overseas. Opportunities to monetize the ODS destroyed as carbon credit for the voluntary market will be explored so that alternative sources of funds may be tapped into once this MLF-funded demonstration project will be completed. In addition to the carbon market, other financial modalities will also be explored: bilateral grants and auction from the European Union Allowance (EUA). This should ensure sustainability of the operation beyond the duration of this demonstration.


The first Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) recovery Centre in Ghana has been established at Kwabeya in the Greater Accra Region.


The overall project budget is US$ 198,000. Total budget for 2013 is however US$ 51,146 with about 77% delivery as at 31st October, 2013

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Sustainable Development
Focal person
Paolo Dalla Stella
Project Partners
Environmental protection Agency, Energy Commission and Center for Rural and Industrial Research (CRIR)
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