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Project type: Resource recovery
Analysis of 100 different solutions to climate change found that refrigerant gas management – which includes chlorofluorocarbons – has the greatest greenhouse gas reduction potential between 2020 and 2050. 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 centre 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.
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: