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Community Chlorofluorocarbons Destruction, Ghana

The careful destruction of the gases found in refrigerators and air conditioner units

Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Resource recovery

  • Standards: VCS

This is a grassroots program to locate and collect dispersed cans and cylinders of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), aggregate the refrigerant inside, and dispose of the material without harming the environment. This is done through partnership with a small recycling center in Pokuase, Ghana. The organisation recycles old, inefficient refrigerators and offers a rebate for people in Ghana to upgrade to newer, more efficient appliances. In the recycling process, harmful CFCs inside the old units are drained and collected, and - because Ghana has no approved destruction facility that can handle these potent gases - a US-based partner has been found for destruction under a new protocol published by the Verified Carbon Standard.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. These include:

  • No Poverty: By providing formal employment and benefits to dozens of individuals, the project lifts them out of the dangerous electronic waste black market and trains them in sustainable electronic waste recycling practices.
  • Responsible Consumption and Production: The project has reduced the unauthorised and environmentally-harmful burning of electric cables by over 30% since installing its cable granulator.

After analysis of 100 different solutions to climate change, refrigerant management - which includes chlorofluorocarbons - was found to be the have the potential greatest greenhouse gas reduction between 2020 and 2050.

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