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 | COP26 On­line Event: Miti­ga­ti­on Po­ten­ti­al of F-Gas Banks Ma­nage­ment and Op­ti­ons for Mar­ket-ba­sed Ap­proa­ches

11/2021 , Publication :

This side event was held as part of the IETA Business Hub during COP 26.

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Environmentally friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies with natural refrigerants are gaining ground: but as we move into the future, we must not forget the huge emissions stocks in our old cooling appliances. This virtual side event provided an overview on global F-Gas banks, potentials of banks management and options for market-based approaches.

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Time (UK time)



09:00 – 09:05

Introduction to the Event

Julia Schabel
(GIZ Proklima/Facilitator)

09:05 – 09:15

Official Welcome

Rachel Pekker
(German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)

09:15 – 09:30

Global F-Gas Banks – Emission, forecasts and
challenges in taking mitigation action

Irene Papst


09:30 – 09:45

Options for market-based approaches

Daniela Lassmann
(Perspectives Climate Group)

09:45 09:55

Synthesis of the inputs

Philipp Munzinger
(GIZ Proklima)

09:55 – 10:30