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

Left out in the cold – the Green Coo­ling po­ten­ti­al of the glo­bal win­dow ty­pe air con­di­tio­ner mar­ket   

Event - OEWG & MOP , 16 July 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm UTC

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Join the virtual side-event at the 43rd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG) and learn more about the global window type air conditioner market and its Green Cooling potential. 

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Despite the increasing market growth of split-type air conditioners, window-type ACs still have stable markets in many regions, accounting for about 13 million sales annually. Most of these sold units are featured with a low energy performance and highly climate-damaging HCFC-22 (GWP 1800) and HFC-410A (GWP 2088). However, their compactness, small refrigerant charge and simple installation perfectly qualify them for HC-290 (GWP of 1), holding large efficiency and climate benefits on scale.

In this side event we will zoom into most dominant regional markets, unfold the GHG mitigation potential that would result from a timely transition to HC-290 (GWP of 1), and discuss design and safety aspects of R290 window-type ACs.

Join us and learn more about the Green Cooling potential of window type ACs!




Introduction to global window type air conditioner marketPhilipp Munzinger, GIZ Proklima

Transition to R290 and GHG mitigation pathways

Irene Papst, HEAT GmbH
Development of high efficiency window air conditioner using propane under limited charge

Bo Shen, Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Testing of an R290 window-type AC

Isagani Soriano, Lighting and Appliances Testing Laboratory, Department of Energy, Philippines
Safety aspectsDaniel Colbourne, Re-phridge, c/o HEAT GmbH


ClosingPhilipp Munzinger, GIZ Proklima

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Date / Duration
16 July 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm UTC

Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 pm CEST/UTC+2 (German time) | 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Nairobi time) | 5:00-6:00 pm (Bangkok time)

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About Pro­kli­ma

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For 25 years already, Proklima has been promoting integrated ozone and climate protection in the cooling sector worldwide, focusing on the use of natural refrigerants and foam blowing agents.

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