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Country dataThe refrigeration and air conditioning sectors around the world

Our world map allows you to explore a wide variety of data: refrigeration and air conditioning appliances in use, unit sales, emissions and emission mitigation potentials in the cooling sectors both today and in the future.

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Cooling sectorsGlobal greenhouse gas emissions in 2030

Global greenhouse gas emissions and percentage contributed by the cooling sector (projections for 2030)

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Sector Global greenhouse gas emissions
cooling sector 8.1
others 53.9

MEPSMinimum Energy Performance Standards

Calculate how minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) can help reduce the electricity consumption in your country by using our policy tool.


Kigali, RwandaGreen Cooling side event promoting R290 as a climate friendly alternative in the RAC sector

October 11, 2016

During the 28th Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol, around 70 policy makers came together to learn about the success factors and challenges of R290 AC units. The GIZ-side event was organized by the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). UNIDO, UNDP and the Chinese Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) co-hosted the event.


CHILLVENTA 2016: GIZ organizes Expert Day on Climate-friendly Cooling

October 13, 2016 - Nuremberg @Chillventa 2016

More than 60 international representatives from industry, government, public and civil society gathered to learn about how to accelerate the transfer of climate-friendly and energy efficient technologies in the RAC sector

For more information click here.

EU F-gas Directive No. 517/2015Best Practice: EU regulation

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At the end of 2013, a review of the F-gas regulation was published, which came into effect in 2015. The F-gas regulation includes a phase-down of F-gases to 21% of the current use by 2030.



Market Overview

Have a look at the Green Cooling Initiative's market overview for various refrigeration and air-conditioning applications.



NetworkSay hello to our newest network member!

The GCI network aims at accelerating the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors.

Latest network partner

  • ILK Dresden

    The Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK) Dresden is one of the leading German institutes for research and development tasks in the fields of air handling and refrigeration technologies and their applications.


AboutGreen Cooling Initiative

Refrigeration and air conditioning are responsible for a significant share of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Especially in developing and emerging countries, the demand for cooling equipment is rising.

Our goal is to accelerate the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors to and within developing countries.


TechnologyGreen cooling - markets and technologies

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Natural refrigerants and high energy efficiency are the prerequisites for environmentally friendly green cooling technologies.

Explore different cooling technologies and their green cooling potential.


Country Savings and Policy Assesments

The U4E Global Map includes Country Savings Assessments showing the potential financial, environmental, energy, and societal benefits that are possible with a transition to energy-efficient lighting, refrigerators, room air conditioners, electric motors and distribution transformers. The Global Map also includes Country Policy Assessments showing the status of policies promoting the use of energy-efficient products.

To find out more, click here!

NetworkOur network and best practice examples

Do you want to contribute to making green cooling a worldwide success story? The Green Cooling Initiative is looking for network members and best practice examples.

Our network includes companies, organisations and government institutions.

Join us and show your commitment!


VideoGreen cooling for a warming world

Household fridges, air conditioning, or the transport of frozen food – refrigeration and air conditioning are part of our everyday lives. This video explains the negative effect of cooling technologies on our climate and shows environmentally friendly green cooling alternatives.

The Green Cooling video now in 11 different languages! See our other videos here.

Green Cooling BenefitsGood news – not only for the environment

Introducing and promoting green cooling technologies has lots of advantages – for the environment, the economy, and social development.


Global PoliciesSetting the right framework

Global policies are needed to set the right framework and enable the dissemination of green cooling technologies. The right policy instruments and the public sector play a key role.