Sustainable and cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly pha­se-out of ODS (SPODS)

In 2017, representatives of the National Ozone Units from Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Grenada, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela came together to take on a common challenge: Avoiding the use of highly warming HFCs in their RAC sectors when phasing out ODS.

Map with partner countries

Partner Countries

Their activities range from ODS/HFC destruction, refrigerant grade hydrocarbon production and trainings for technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants to technology pilots and the development of mitigation strategies.

Funding and objective

The project SPODS is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). SPODS has been assisting a number of Latin American and Caribbean countries with their transformation processes in fulfilling their obligations under the Montreal Protocol related to the ODS phase-out and their current HFC mitigation at the same time, in anticipation of the Kigali obligations. The objective is to help define the appropriate actions on how to reduce both the consumption of ODS and HFCs, to bring down energy demand and related GHG emissions. GIZ Proklima is implementing this programme in cooperation with UNDP and UNIDO and the National Ozone Units in the respective countries.

Gallery SPODS

Project highlights

"Al­ways a two-way street" - In­ter­view with Phi­lip Owen

The European Union was one of the first movers regarding F-gas regulation and HCFC phase-out. As part of the SPODS project in Latin America and the Caribbean, we had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Owen of the European Commission.

How to suc­cess­ful­ly com­bi­ne ODS pha­se-out and ear­ly ac­tions on HFC?

During our virtual panel discussion in the framwork of the OEWG42, SPODS partners shared their experiences from various activities such as hydrocarbon refrigerant production, trainings for technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants and the development of mitigation strategies.

Tech­no­lo­gy Road­show 2021

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In April 2021 our virtual Technology Roadshow took place. Companies from the RAC sector filmed Green Cooling technolgies and presented them to an interested audience. 

SPODS Flip­book

The flipbook provides an overview of the activities carried out in each SPODS country.

La­test News

New pro­ject pro­mo­tes sustainable and cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly pha­se out of Ozone De­p­le­ting Sub­stan­ces (SPODS)

01.04.2018 , News :

SPODS – a new the project, co-financed by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – has been launched earlier this year in Paris. The project aims at assisting selected Latin American and Caribbean countries with their political transformation processes in fulfilling their obligation under the Montreal Protocol related to HFC mitigation.

SPODS will be implemented in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Grenada, Venezuela and Paraguay. As a result, the involved countries will be able to develop a clear understanding on how the cooling sector contributes to their national energy consumption and total GHG emissions, where appropriate policy measures are required and how potential project ideas can be made bankable.

As the implementing agency, GIZ Proklima will be supported via grants by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO (opens in a new window)) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP (opens in a new window)). These will use policy and technical instruments to achieve the project objective.

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