Green Coo­ling In­itia­ti­ve

The Green Cooling Initiative contributes to raising international awareness of the significant mitigation potential associated with environmentally- and climate-friendly cooling technologies. It focuses on cooperation with partner countries across the world to support their efforts in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from cooling equipment and employing the Green Cooling concept. Among others, there are three "frontrunner partners": Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, Honduras.

Map with partner countries

Partner Countries

The Green Cooling Initiative aims to integrate and promote the RAC sector within global climate and ozone discussions, namely UNFCCC and Montreal Protocol. It recognises that exchange between technology suppliers and users, as well as between the industry, public institutions and civil society is important for the promotion of said technologies. One of the main goals is therefore to create global and regional networks with representatives from different sectors (see Network).


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Targeted policy advice based on Cooling Strategies will support partner countries in the implementation of cooling technology standards and measures, whilst capacity building will allow them to sustainably manage their technology transformations. Voluntary private sector contributions will increase transformational readiness and will generate public-private partnerships. Proposals to financing institutions can provide replicable funding models and instruments to facilitate access to Green Cooling technology.


The phase-out and phase-down of F-gases and the increase in energy efficiency in the RAC sector make it easier to achieve ambitious NDCs, which were defined by UNFCCC COP21 as the basis for global GHG emission savings. So far, Ghana is one of the few African countries that has integrated F-gases into its NDC to a limited extent. GCI advised Ghana on this by drawing up a GHG inventory of the RAC sector, on the basis of which a Cooling Strategy for emission reduction measures was drafted.

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Tech­no­lo­gy part­nerships: In­tro­du­cing the Green Coo­ling In­itia­ti­ve Af­ri­ca

01.06.2016 , News :

Solar powered fish cold store in Kenya

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GCI has started a partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities and the company “Lakeview Fisheries Ltd.” in order to reduce loss of food in the Kenyan fisheries industry by improving cold chain measures through the establishment of a solar powered climate-friendly and energy-efficient cold store. A successful workshop with potential investment partners from Western Kenya was held in December 2015. The green cold store has a state-of-the-art insulation, highly efficient refrigeration and ice making appliances that use natural refrigerants (R290), and are equipped with photovoltaic modules to reduce electricity grid dependency. GCI provides the initial technical blueprint, training of cold store builders, as well as training to replicable implementation. The first cold room will be operational by the second half of 2016. With an expected payback of less than three years, the business model will be highly replicable.