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.

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

Tech­no­lo­gy Road­show #2: In­dus­tri­al Ref­ri­ge­ra­ti­on ba­sed on pro­pa­ne, CO2 and am­mo­nia in Spain and Costa Ri­ca

Event , 04 May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm UTC


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

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In this second online event of our virtual Technology Roadshow we will take a look at three companies operating with and producing plants with natural refrigerants from Spain and Costa Rica:

  • Intarcon: Industrial refrigeration (Spain) 
    Intarcon is a global supplier for packaged refrigeration units and solutions for the catering and food distribution sectors and the industry. The company distributes systems that operate with natural refrigerants such as propane, CO2 and ammonia.

  • Roche: Pharmaceutical distribution center (Costa Rica)
    Roche sends biotechnological medicines from its distribution center to more than 23 countries in the entire Central American and Caribbean region. Two cold rooms with the natural refrigerant R290 store all products requiring a cold chain of 2°C to 8°C degrees, mainly medicines for cancer treatment.  A freezing room is used to store refrigeration elements to maintain the cold chain during transportation. 

  • RSF: Industrial refrigeration (Costa Rica) 
    Systems of RSF, equipped with ammonia, are highly energy efficient and climate-friendly. Additionally, the refrigeration, air conditioning and process water systems are equipped with monitoring devices to avoid waste.





Intarcon: Refrigeration with propane, ammonia and CO2 

Germán Gil, Intarcon 

Javier Cano, Intarcon

Roche: R290 cold and freezing rooms 

Daniel Mendez, Roche

RSF: Refrigeration, air conditioning and process water systems with ammonia 

Ing. Lisandro Salas, RSF

Carlos Nunes Silva, RSF

Gabriel Gutierrez, RSF

Language: Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

Date / Duration
04 May 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, Spain)

Watch the videos of the participating companies and their technologies:

Intarcon (Spain)

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Roche (Costa Rica)

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RSF (Costa Rica)

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The Technology Roadshow is organised by GIZ Proklima (SPODS project) 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 second in a series of four. In the coming sessions (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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