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 #3: In­dus­tri­al Con­ver­si­on to R600a in Me­xi­co and Air Con­di­tio­n­ing with R290 in Costa Ri­ca

Event , 11 May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:15pm UTC


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

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In this third online event of our virtual Technology Roadshow we will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica and learn more about the use of natural refrigerants in industrial refrigeration and air conditioning: 

  • Mabe: Industrial conversion / Domestic refrigeration (Mexico)
    Mabe is the leader for home appliances in Latin America, based in Mexico. Mabe's goal is to eliminate the conventional refrigerant R134a and replace it with a new generation acidic gas such as R600a. A new compound called cyclopentane is used for foams. Additionally, Mabe's engineers are developing a new compressor at the CMC plant.  A representative from Mabe will explain the challenges and solutions of a successful conversion to the refrigerant isobutane (R600a).

  • Ministry of Transport of Costa Rica (MOPT): Air conditioning
    The MOPT replaced its old ACs by inverter ACs based on R290 refrigerants. A total of 20 eco-efficient air conditioners were installed in 2019. A representative of the ministry will explain the advantages of these appliances and changes to the previous models. 





Mabe: Industrial Conversion to R600a in Mexico

Daniel Sosa, Mabe

Ministry of Transport of Costa Rica (MOPT): Air Conditioning with R290

Jose Alberto Rodríguez Ledezma, DIGECA

Manuel Salas, GIZ consultant

Carlos Vargas, MOPT

Language: Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

Date / Duration
11 May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:15pm UTC

Local time:

9:00-10:15 am (Costa Rica)

10:00-11:15 am (Mexico & Colombia)

11:00-12:15 am (Cuba, Paraguay, Grenada & Venezuela)

5:00-6:15 pm (Germany)

Mabe replaced the refrigerant R134a with the natural refrigerant R600a. Watch the video and take a glimpse at the production site!

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The MOPT replaced 20 old ACs by inverter ACs based on the natural refrigerant R290. Get more information about this project in the video!

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Register here for the webinar on 11 May | Regístrese aquí para el seminario web del 11 de mayo

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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 third in a series of four. In the last session (18 May), we will look at R290 Split ACs in Grenada.

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