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": Kenya, Ghana and the Seychelles.

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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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Im­pro­ving im­mu­ni­sa­ti­on in rural are­as: em­mu­ni­ze pro­ject ba­cked by Merck Fa­mi­ly Foun­da­ti­on

03.12.2020 , News :

With this support, the project will build a shelter for a health centre in Malawi and procure environmentally friendly cooling equipment

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Medication – especially vaccines – have to be kept cool, or they become ineffective. Transporting vaccines from where they are produced to where they are needed, often takes place in many stages. A challenge for uninterrupted cooling. The emmunize project addresses exactly this issue. By combining reliable and environmentally friendly cooling devices with a digital tool for continuous temperature monitoring in the cold chain, it aims to ensure efficient immunisation in rural areas.

The project is now backed by the Merck Family Foundation. "The foundation of a family that has been actively involved in health care for 352 years naturally has a great interest in health projects," states Dr. Walter Huber, Managing Director at Merck Family Foundation. "And it didn’t take a new pandemic to make us aware of the huge importance of vaccines for public health. Vaccinations have been the success factors in the fight against polio or measles. And this fight starts for anew every year. Now with a new contributor: emmunize."

With the Foundation's support, a shelter for the vaccination of children under 5 years of age is being built at the Bilira Health Centre in the Ntcheu district of Malawi. In addition, equipment for a reliable cold chain will be procured. This includes a solar-powered refrigerator (SolarChill), transport boxes for vaccines as well as tablets and Bluetooth sensors to monitor the temperature inside the boxes. The equipment is to be installed at the Bilira health centre in early 2021. After installation, training courses will be provided on the use and maintenance of the equipment to ensure its long-term operation.

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Providing access to cooling equipment comes with substantial benefits. Effective vaccines ensure healthy people. Healthy people are able to contribute to create healthy societies. At the same time, cooling equipment must not harm the environment and should be affordable to run.

Solar Direct Drive (SDD) refrigerators like the SolarChill run purely on solar power. Batteries are not required as they store thermal energy in ice banks once solar power is scarce. The stored energy can keep temperatures low for multiple days without power supply. Running on natural refrigerants, such as hydrocarbons that do not harm the ozone layer nor extensively contribute to global warming, SDD refrigerators are a prime solution for remote and under-resourced areas.

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