Green Cooling Initiative

How can we suc­cess­ful­ly com­bi­ne ODS pha­se-out and ear­ly ac­tions on HFC?

Ex­pe­ri­ence from La­tin-Ame­ri­ca and the Car­ri­be­an within the SPODS project | OEWG42 Virtual Side Event: 15 July 2020, 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Nairobi, UTC+3)

Image: GIZ/Gianfranco Vivi

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 refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sectors when phasing out ODS.

How well has this worked so far? What lessons can we learn from their experience? Find out more during this virtual panel discussion! SPODS partners will share their experience from various activities such as refrigerant grade hydrocarbon production, trainings for technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants and the development of mitigation strategies.

You can expect an exciting event with the opportunity to ask your own questions. Take the chance and learn everything first hand!

The panel discussion will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Event Information

This year's OEWG is taking place online. Register now and receive the link to the event via e-mail.
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm UTC
4:00 - 5:00 pm UTC+3 (Nairobi)
3:00 - 4:00 pm UTC+2 (Berlin)


Welcome RemarksArno Kaschl (EU)
About SPODSMónica Silva González (GIZ)

Panel Discussion:

How can we successfully combine ODS phase-out and early actions on HFC? Experience from Latin-America and the Carribean within the SPODS project

Edwin Dickson, UNDP, Colombia

Leslie Smith, National Ozone Unit Grenada

Ignacio Vázquez, National Ozone Unit Mexico

Questions & AnswersSpakers and Participants

Facilitators: Mónica Silva González, Maria Carolina Velez (GIZ)

Organisers: European Commission and GIZ Proklima on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


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Refrigeration and air conditioning are responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions. Especially in developing countries and emerging economies, the demand for cooling equipment is rising. However, most of the cooling appliances today still use refrigerants that are ODS or HFCs that are strong GHG, if early action is not taken.

The project “Sustainable and climate-friendly Phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances” (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.

The programme is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ Proklima is implementing this programme in cooperation with UNDP and UNIDO and the National Ozone Units in the respective countries.