A-Gas Joins the Climate and Ozone Protection Alliance (COPA)
A-Gas is proud to announce it has become a member of the Climate and Ozone Protection Alliance (COPA), committed to building a more sustainable future through effective refrigerant management.
COPA works with partner countries and key stakeholders to reduce emissions from Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) banks, to ultimately complete the shift in the cooling sector to more sustainable refrigerants and implement efficient refrigerant lifecycle management.
As per the COPA website, outdated or end-of-life refrigerants, including blowing agents in foams, are not universally being managed in an environmentally sound manner. These emit substances that can harm both the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. Each year, approximately 1.5 Gt CO2-equivalent is estimated as the release from improperly managed or disposed of refrigerants. This corresponds to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 441 coal-fired power plants.
Ken Logan, Group Sustainability and Regulatory Director of A-Gas, is part of the COPA Core Group. The Group is a temporary body of highly engaged representatives from different stakeholder groups worldwide.
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to represent A-Gas on the Core Group at COPA, working together in bringing about the huge decarbonisation opportunity available through lifecycle managing the installed bank of refrigerants.
COPA encourages the move to more sustainable refrigerants as well as the universal adoption of refrigerant lifecycle management, as the twin solution to reducing emissions from ODS and HFC banks. A-Gas, through its circular economy approach to the lifecycle management of refrigerants, is completely aligned to the strategy and direction of these twin environmental solutions.
Through its first-class recovery, reclamation, and repurposing processes, A-Gas captures refrigerants and fire protection gases for future re-use or safe destruction, preventing their harmful release into the atmosphere.