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Supporting the Introduction of a Refrigerator Recycling Programme, including a demonstration facility, in Brazil

As of: June 2019

Objective and activities

The project is setting up a recycling facility for old refrigerators in Brazil, which will serve as a best-practice model. Partners are provided with a pilot system for recovering the refrigerants from the cooling circuits as well as the greenhouse gases contained in the insulating foam. In addition, there is training in operation and maintenance of the system is a vital part of the project. Through correct recycling, involving the replacement of old appliances with new refrigerators which do not use fluorinated gases, emissions certificates can be obtained as part of the 'Clean Development Mechanism' (CDM).

State of implementation/results

  • Recycling system with an annual capacity of 350,000 refrigerators installed, inspected, approved and put into operation; 93% CFC recovery rate
  • Staff of operating company trained
  • Standards and norms promoted: the standard NBR 15960 'Refrigerants - Recovery, Recycling and Regeneration (3R) Procedures' came into force in July 2011
  • Working group established on the implementation of the new solid waste policy
  • Work begun on developing a demonstration recovery system for old refrigerators in the state of Minas Gerais
  • Cooperation with energy utilities CEMIG, CEPISA and CEAL ensured the recycling of around 25,000 refrigerators in 2012
  • Collection point set up for old electrical and electronic devices
  • Advice on updating the the national refrigerator recycling Standards ABNT NBR 15833; this was updated with the support of the project in 2018.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • " Brazilian Association of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating", Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Electricity Company of Minas Gerais - Brazil,Ministry of Environment - Brazil,Revert Brasil

BMU grant:
€ 7,544,268.09

11/2008 till 01/2021


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