Galápagos Conservancy

A Sustainable Approach to Recovering and Reusing Refrigerants in Galápagos

A Sustainable Approach to Recovering and Reusing Refrigerants in Galápagos
Galo Ponce and his team are set for a significant training session on the beautiful Santa Cruz Island - Galápagos. ©Galo Ponce

In the breathtaking  Santa Cruz Island of the Galápagos, several individuals committed to environmental stewardship are spearheading impactful conservation initiatives. Among these is an innovative project led by entrepreneur Galo Ponce and his team, focusing on the recovery and reuse of refrigerants. This project represents a crucial step in the pursuit of ecological solutions within the region.

As the world grapples with climate change, the proper management of refrigerants has become increasingly vital, especially in Galápagos. The goal is to mitigate any negative effects on local wildlife and vegetation and to prevent atmospheric damage. These compounds, commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, can significantly contribute to global warming if released improperly.

Innovation and Applied Technology

While some technicians may release harmful gasses into the environment during copper extraction from refrigerant containers, Galo’s approach is more responsible and eco-friendly. His method involves collecting containers with residual refrigerants and connecting them to a recovery pump, which extracts the refrigerant for storage in a designated tank for future reuse. This process not only reduces environmental pollution but also reflects a deep commitment to responsible environmental practices.

Education and Community Awareness

A Sustainable Approach to Recovering and Reusing Refrigerants in Galápagos
Galo, a visionary entrepreneur. His innovative approach showcases how technology, when used responsibly, can impact the battle against climate change. ©Galo Ponce

“Our project is unique because we use sustainable technologies and provide training to the local community. We have educated technical staff from both public and private institutions on how to properly manage refrigerants, and we’ve shown them how their involvement can make a difference in waste treatment. This achievement was made possible through funding from Galápagos Conservancy, which recognizes the crucial role of small businesses in environmental protection in our community,” emphasizes Galo.

Positive Environmental Impact

This initiative illustrates how local actions can significantly contribute to the global fight against climate change. Recovering and reusing refrigerants helps conserve the unique ecosystem of Galápagos and serves as a sustainable model for communities worldwide facing environmental challenges. We want to highlight that such initiatives thrive on the generous support of our donors. By backing this project, you’re not just protecting a unique location; you’re part of a movement that can inspire and effect positive change globally.

A Sustainable Approach to Recovering and Reusing Refrigerants in Galápagos
Staff from the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galo pose after a vital training session on proper refrigerant gas management. ©Galo Ponce