A Sustainable Approach to Recovering and Reusing Refrigerants in Galápagos

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Galapagos: A Sustainable Approach for Recovering and Resusing Refrigerators

  • Jan 24, 2024
  • 5 :41 pm


On the stunning Santa Cruz Island of Galapagos several people committed to environmental stewardship spearhead impactful conservation initiatives. One of these innovative projects is led by Galo Ponce, an entrepreneur and his team. It focuses on the recovery and re-use of refrigerants. This project is a major step towards achieving ecological solutions in the region.


In Galapagos, this is especially important as the world struggles with climate change. It is important to minimize any adverse effects on the local wildlife and vegetation, and to avoid atmospheric damage. These compounds are commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. If released incorrectly, they can contribute significantly to global warming.

Innovation and Applied Technology


Galo’s method is eco-friendly and more responsible than some technicians who may emit harmful gases into the air during the extraction of copper from refrigerant canisters. His method involves connecting containers with residual refrigerants to a pump that extracts refrigerant and stores it in a tank. This process reduces pollution and demonstrates a commitment to environmentally responsible practices.

Education and Community Awareness


“Our project has a uniqueness because we are using sustainable technologies and providing training to the community. We’ve taught technical staff at both public and privately-owned institutions how to manage refrigerants properly, and shown them what their participation can do for waste treatment. Galapagos Conservancy funded this project, which acknowledges the importance of small businesses to environmental protection.

Positive Environmental Impact


This initiative shows how local action can contribute significantly to the global battle against climate change. The recovery and reuse of refrigerants is a way to conserve the Galapagos ecosystem and serve as a model for other communities facing environmental challenges. We would like to emphasize that these initiatives are only possible because of the generous support from our donors. You’re not only protecting a special location, but you’re also part of a global movement that can inspire positive change.


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