green cooling initiative: Network activities

»Promoting green cooling worldwide«

Expert Day on Climate-friendly CoolingCHILLVENTA 2016

Nuremberg - October 13, 2016

For the 6th GIZ Proklima Experts Day at the Chillventa, 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. The GIZ-expert day was organized by the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The changing trends in regulations and in the market are especially important in aspiring to boost the technology transfer of climate-friendly and energy efficient RAC technologies. After giving a brief overview of these trends and the global climate relevance of the RAC sector, manufacturers, product development representatives, trainers, and project developers were invited to present best practice examples and emerging opportunities. The case studies included amongst others hydrocarbon chiller applications from the German company Frigoteam and R290 split inverter ACs from Midea, one of the leading AC manufacturers in China. All presentation of the expert day are available.

The event enabled the direct exchange of views of experts from all over the world, thereby providing knowledge on available technologies and opportunities of natural refrigerants in maximising energy efficiency and fostering sustainability in energy consumption.

The participants expressed general agreement regarding the vast opportunities of promoting climate-friendly cooling technologies – especially for developing countries. The diverse discussions also highlighted the need for further support in enabling regulatory framework conditions, product and safety standards, and capacity building. All participants agree that this would aid in scaling up the demonstration of technologically viable solutions to sustainable sector-wide transformations.

GIZ-Green Cooling side event promoting R290 as a climate friendly alternative in the RAC sector28th Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol

Kigali – On 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.

Propane (R290) has been introduced to many of today’s Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) applications as a natural hydrocarbon alternative. Due to its thermodynamic properties, efficiency and material compatibility, the European RAC sector has quickly converted to using Hydrocarbons (R600a, R290).

Yet, despite the market readiness and the known advantages, safety considerations as well as a relatively limited range of customers in developing countries hinder a market enlargement for commercial R290 air-conditioning applications.

In its opening remarks of the event, FECO gave a strong signal that R290 ACs are being promoted in China and that the market share will significantly increase in near future. Through Proklima, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has already successfully implemented several R290 conversion projects (e.g. in India or China) over the past years.

The Proklima approach presented during the side event emphasized on the following three pillars: Capacity building, demonstration projects and finally, adjustment of national regulatory frameworks and policy. For Proklima, these three factors are crucial to promote a market driven upscaling. UNIDO meanwhile, highlighted various successful cases of market conversion in China and elsewhere and addressed barriers and the respective actions taken (production safety, financial incentive, installation and after-sales service to name a few) in order to overcome those hindering factors.

Finally Chinese manufacturer Midea took the floor and showcased their gradual conversion to R290 technology and their respective product lines supported by the United Nations (UN) and the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) and their worldwide promotion aspirations.

The side event arouse considerable interest amongst participants, especially the mutual influence between market supply and demand as well as the costs for units that are to decrease eventually once the market penetration grows. Finally participants reassured that trained technicians on the ground as being critical for a further market enlargement.

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St. Kitts and NevisTraining Workshop on the Rationale for Energy Efficiency in the Cooling Sector

September 12-15, 2016

Together with the GIZ REETA, CARICOM, CDB and Canada, the Green Cooling Initiative hosted a training workshop in St. Kitts on September 12-15, 2016. This workshop focussed on the economic rationale for energy & NAMA development in the cooling sector on the Caribbean Island Saint Kitts & the Nevis and is meant to enable the region to focus their GHG emission reduction measures on energy efficient and green cooling technologies.

More than 50 policy and decision makers from over 15 Carribean Island took part in the workshop sessions and discussed the relevance of the cooling sector and energy systems and how energy efficient and green cooling technologies can enable the countries to reach their GHG emission reduction goals. This , as was presented during the workshop, can be supported by integrating the sector into climate processes such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

More specifically the training workshop offered information on GHG mitigation potential in the cooling sector, developments of NAMAs as contributions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), linkages between NAMAS and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), and technical, policy and financing options for green cooling technologies.

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GCI Expert Day @Chillventa 2016Climate friendly cooling - Keeping up with the trends of tomorrow

Thursday, October 13, 2016

11:00-14:00 Congress Hotel Mercure, Münchener Straße 283, 90471 Nuremberg - walking distance from Chillventa fair

The worldwide demand for refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC&F) is increasing steadily due to a growing population, increased urbanization and economic growth. However, low efficiencies of equipment and high release rates of refrigerants with high global warming potential are the reasons why RAC&F products are responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2030, the cooling sector could account for up to 30 percent of the global GHG emissions.

Cooling does not only foster personal well-being, it has also become an essential part of different fields such as food production, transport, and the health sector. In order to respond to this growing demand in a sustainable manner, Green Cooling combines three approaches: promoting natural refrigerants, maximising energy efficiency, and fostering sustainability in private and commercial energy consumption.

The goal of the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) within the International Climate Initiative (IKI), is to accelerate the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the RAC sector to and within developing countries. To this end, it promotes the exchange between technology suppliers and users, as well as industry, public institutions and civil society.

Join us at Chillventa 2016 for a best practices exchange between key industry players and relevant government representatives from Asian developing countries. At this year’s expert day you will have the opportunity to discuss emerging opportunities and challenges in the RAC sector and learn about the most recent developments from the perspective of technology suppliers, users, trainers and developers.

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Pretoria, South AfricaGreen Cooling Africa Week

June 7-10, 2016

Due to low efficiency levels and high leakage rates of refrigerant gases with high global warming potential (GWP), the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector is responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and this share is expected to rise to 30% by 2030. The rapidly expanding middle class and changing lifestyles translate into growing demand for refrigeration and air-conditioning. In order to mitigate both direct and indirect emissions from the cooling sector, the introduction and diffusion of green cooling technologies is of paramount importance.

Three projects financed under the international climate initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear safety (BMUB) are therefore organising a joint Green Cooling Africa Week.

The Green Cooling Africa Week and the GCI recognize that exchange between technology suppliers and end-users, as well as between industry, public institutions and civil society, is important for the promotion of green cooling technologies. In addition to the IKI projects, the Cool NAMA project supports partner countries worldwide with the development and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) in the cooling sector and the Transport Refrigeration Project in South Africa introduces climate-friendly transport refrigeration by reducing direct refrigerant emissions of the cooling systems and by increasing energy efficiency of the vehicle insulation. Representatives of both projects will speak at the Green Cooling Africa Week.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • introduce GCI approach, inform policy-makers about relevancy of cooling sector and technology options for GHG mitigation and sustainable development in Africa;
  • illustrate best practices (standards, regulations, technologies) of green cooling projects worldwide
  • introduce NAMA development process in a step-by-step approach;
  • facilitate exchange between policy-makers and RAC industries from the region on technology pathways & standards;
  • expand the GCI network in Africa and further the dissemination of green cooling technologies.

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