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

Event re­cor­ding: Les­sons lear­ned and bright pro­spects - Green Coo­ling pro­jects in La­tin Ame­ri­ca, the Ca­rib­be­an and Af­ri­ca

07/2021 , Publication :

In this virtual side-event at the 43rd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG), we talked about two projects co-financed by the European Union and BMZ. 

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Ozone and climate protection is not just a European challenge but a global challenge. However, the European Union is considered a pioneer in F-gas regulation. In order to pass on this early experience, the EU, together with BMZ, supports countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa in reaching their targets of ODS phase-out and early actions on HFCs.

The SPODS project (opens in a new window) in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the ROCA project in Africa are about policy advice, strategy development, training, new cooling technologies and much more. While SPODS is ending after 3 years of successful cooperation, ROCA is just getting started.

The side event provided insights in both projects and the European Green Cooling approach.




WelcomeGIZ Proklima
The European path to Green CoolingArno Kaschl, European Union
SPODS – lessons learned from a successful project in Latin-America and the Caribbean

Mónica Silva González, GIZ Proklima

Maria Carolina Vélez, GIZ Proklima

Bettina Schreck, UNIDO

Kasper Koefoed, UNDP

Susana Hernández Puente, UPM Mexico

Armando Lazaro, NOU Cuba

ROCA – bright prospects for Green Cooling in West and Central Africa

Nils Hansen, GIZ Proklima

Samuel Paré, NOU, Burkina Faso



Bernhard Siegele, GIZ Proklima

Facilitator: Janna Breitfeld, GIZ Proklima

About RO­CA

Read more about the ROCA project in in francophone Africa.


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Learn more about the SPODS project in Latin America and the Caribbean!