Refrigeration and air conditioning are responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas emissions. Especially in developing countries, the demand for cooling equipment is rising. Low efficiencies and high leakage rates of refrigerant gases with high global warming potential will increase these emissions drastically. The aim of the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) is to establish a global network, which will accelerate the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors to and within developing countries. For GCI, green cooling means energy efficient technologies using natural refrigerants. The GCI is funded by the International Climate Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
This website is a platform to establish a global network on green cooling. Decision makers from developing countries as well as technology suppliers and importers, research institutes and NGOs are all invited to join. The platform will provide sector-specific information for both, members of the private sector wishing to invest in a certain country and policy makers that are seeking to reduce emissions.
The aim is to give information on technologies, regulations, market trends, funding and emission reduction potentials – as much as possible on a country by country level.
Eligible are government institutions that are committed to environmentally friendly refrigeration and air conditioning and that are looking to advance the dissemination of such technology. The initiative to join can come from any interested and authorised person or department in governmental institutions such as National Ozone Units, Environmental Protection Agencies, Ministries of Environment, Climate Change, Finance or Technology etc.
As a member, you make a public commitment to environmentally friendly refrigeration and air conditioning technology. Your flag will appear in the list of network member countries and the name of your participating institution will be listed. For future networking activities, you will name a Green Cooling focal point in your institution. Initially you provide us with some basic information about the situation in your country, for example by filling out a “data input sheet”. You can support the network further by providing information specific to your country, such as national regulations (taxes, MEPS), standards regarding natural refrigerants, national financing mechanisms or information from national HFC inventories. Of course, you do not have to share sensitive information.
You can access information on funding opportunities, international regulations, standard development as well as international benchmarks in technology trends and energy efficiency. The platform will help you connect with companies and organisations to instigate technology transfer. It aims to help your country attract investments by giving the private sector an accurate picture of regulations.
The website will feature a policy and financing section. Your data will be added to the Green Cooling database and platform users can access this information to identify investment potentials. We can use the information about the specific situation in your country to create a better overview of technology dissemination, energy efficiency and market trends.