green cooling initiative: Best practice example

Product: India’s first hydrocarbon refrigerators

Since developing India’s first commercially available hydrocarbon (R290) air conditioner in 2012 in collaboration with GIZ and the Indian government, Godrej & Boyce have sold over 100,000 air conditioning units and now boast an annual production capacity of 180,000 units.

Given the lack of national standards for natural refrigerants in India, Godrej & Boyce filled a market gap when developing the country’s first R290 air conditioning technology. The family business received an investment grant from the German Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (IKI). The green technology was designed to find a balance between electricity consumption and environmental impact. With an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 3.9, the R290 ACs save up to 10% energy compared to five-star air-conditioners.

Godrej & Boyce now hold a 13% market share in the five-star AC market in India, making it the third largest shareholder. Current models are restricted by a hydrocarbon charge size limit of 350 grams and 12,000-18,000 British thermal units, but Godrej & Boyce is seeking technological support from other manufacturers to achieve higher capacities.

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Godrej ACs
Refrigerant HC-290
Cooling capacity 1.5T
Energy efficiency EER of 3.7
Energy efficiency rating BEE star rating of 5