Ozone depleting substances (ODS)

The Secretariat cooperated with the BCRC for Central America and Mexico on a project to undertake a feasibility assessment for preparation of the destruction of banks of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Central America. The goal of the project is to assist in the collection and destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in an effective and economical way, while reducing emissions which could damage the ozone layer and increase climate change. The project is supervised by an International Advisory Committee which is comprised of key stakeholders including the Secretariats of the Basel and Stockholm conventions, the Montreal Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Project was launched in 2011 with financial support from the Governments of Norway and Switzerland. The strategy is to remove barriers and find economies of scale in cost effective banking and destruction of unwanted ozone-depleting greenhouse gases and persistent organic pollutants. The synergy is that each treaty has its own unique scientific and technical perspective and that joint projects can avoid duplication of effort while utilizing the provisions of whichever treaty is most appropriate.