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Impact of the Colombian NSP for the domestic refrigeration sector as told by its final beneficiaries

07.03.2023 , News :

The project, in implementation since January 2019, is reaping the fruits of its four years of implementation.

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As of now, the Nama Support Project (NSP) has achieved the following milestones to transform the domestic refrigeration sector in Colombia:

  • 303,219 tCO2eq of greenhouse gases (GHG) reduced by the project’s activities.
  • 17,553 people benefited by the project’s activities, among engineers and technicians of domestic refrigerators and families participating in the project’s old for new domestic refrigerators’ substitution programme.
  • Establishment of a domestic refrigerators’ substitution programme, together with the Colombian Extended Producers Responsibility (REP) programme, Red Verde
  • Development of a Results based finance and blended finance credit facility with Bancoldex, the Colombian development bank.
  • EUR 495,609 of public finance mobilized, and EUR 3,381,220 of private finance mobilized for the project’s activities.

Among the most impactful achievements of the project so far has been improving the livelihoods of its final beneficiaries through the project’s activities.

Through the NSP’s substitution programme, which objective is to foment consumers to substitute their old domestic refrigerator at home for a new environmentally friendly unit to help the environment, the NSP has played an important role in starting to communicate to final consumers the additional benefits of participating in circular economy programs.

Hear from Ms Damaris Quintero, a participant in the NSP’s domestic refrigeration programme, her experience:

(11) Historia sobre el programa de sustitución de neveras - YouTube

Additionally, the NSP facilitates trainings to engineers and technicians around Colombia on servicing and maintenance of domestic refrigerators employing the natural refrigerant R600a. From the knowledge acquired in these trainings the technicians can enhance their career prospects in the future and their daily work security and productivity.

Hear from technicians participating in a workshop facilitated by the NSP, together with the National learning service of Colombia (SENA) in Giron, Santander, Colombia.

Capacitación presencial en manejo seguro de R600a en refrigeradores domésticos - YouTube


The NSP is implemented by GIZ Colombia together with the National Ozone Unit and other stakeholders in Colombia. GIZ Proklima was involved in the project preparation and implementation phase until 2022.