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.

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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.

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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

Tech­no­lo­gy Road­show #1: Ozone- and cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly RAC sys­tems in Ger­ma­ny

Event , 27 April 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm UTC

Online event

Join us on a virtual journey to climate- and ozone-friendly RAC systems in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. First stop: Germany.

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In this first online event of our virtual Technology Roadshow we will meet three experts from Germany:

  • A professor and book author on the subject of solar cooling. The focus will be on solar powered cold stores and options for energy storage.
  • A technical manager who has accompanied the planning and installation process of CO2 and propane-based air conditioning in an office building. We will talk about challenges and benefits of this ambitious pilot project. 
  • A developer of a special software who tells us what to consider when converting commercial refrigeration systems to propane based on 3 scenarios with different plant sizes.





WelcomeEU & GIZ

Solar powered cold stores

Paul Kohlenbach, Beuth University Berlin

Air-conditioning based on CO2 and propane: Experiences from the planning process and implementation

Uwe Schäfer, GIZ Building Services Bonn

Conversion of commercial refrigeration to propane: 3 scenarios

Vilim Mergl, CoolTool


Language: English with simultaneous translation in Spanish

Online event
Date / Duration
27 April 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm UTC

Local time:

9:00-10.30 am (Costa Rica)

10:00-11.30 am (Mexico & Colombia)

11:00-12.30 am (Cuba, Paraguay, Grenada & Venezuela)

5:00-6:30 pm (Germany)

Watch our video tour through the GIZ Bonn office buildings, which are equipped with CO2 and propane-based air conditioning:

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Register here for the webinar on 27 April | Regístrese aquí para el seminario web del 27 de abril

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Organisers: GIZ Proklima (SPODS project) with kind support of the Strategic Environmental Dialogues (GIZ) and the German Society of Refrigeration an Airconditioning (DKV)

The Technology Roadshow is organised with the financial support of the European Union (EU) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

About the Tech­no­lo­gy Road­show

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This webinar is the first in a series. In the coming sessions (4, 11, 18 May), we will look at the countries Grenada, Mexico and Costa Rica and their pioneering technologies for climate- and ozone-friendly cooling.

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