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 #4: R290 Split ACs - Per­spec­tives from Sup­p­liers, Users and Po­li­cy Ma­kers in Gre­na­da

Event , 18 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. Last stop: Grenada!

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In the last webinar of our virtual Technology Roadshow we will learn more about R290 Split ACs in Grenada. Suppliers, Users and Policy Makers on the islands express their views on this climate- and ozone-friendly alternative to conventional ACs.

Two companies distributing R290 Split ACs will talk about their choice for a natural refrigerant:

  • Grenz Concept: The company installed the first R290 unit in May 2019 in Grenada. Since then, customers have been very interested in the ACs, especially due to their high energy efficiency and the aspect that they are environmentally friendly. 
  • Modern Electrical Solution: Founded in 2012, the company quickly became a pioneer for solar energy in Grenada. To keep Grenada cool naturally, Modern Electrical Solutions decided to install R290 units to replace the refrigerant 400a. 

Aditionally, Leslie Smith, Head of Grenada's National Ozone Unit (NOU), gives an overview of the advantages of Grenada's  path to Green Cooling and how Grenada's National Ozone Unit is is assisting companies like Grenz Concepts and Modern Electrial Solutions in training technicians in the safe use of hydrocarbons. 





Grenz Concept: Distribution of R290 Split ACs

Grenz Concept

Modern Electrical Solution: Distribution of R290 Split ACs

Modern Electrical Solution

The NOU in Grenada: Assistance with the conversion to natural refrigerantsLeslie Smith, Head of NOU Grenada

Language: English with simultaneous translation into Spanish



Date / Duration
18 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)

Watch the video to learn more about Grenz Concept

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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 fourth and last in a series. In the previous sessions, we will looked at the countries Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain and Germany and their pioneering technologies with natural refrigerants. 

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