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.

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).



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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Em­mu­ni­ze: Con­struc­tion of a vac­ci­na­ti­on shel­ter for young child­ren

01.07.2021 , News :

The GIZ project builds a vaccination shelter for a health centre in Malawi and procures environmentally friendly cooling equipment to strengthen the efforts of local health workers

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Preliminary meeting in April with the architect who is responsible for planning the shelter at the Bilira Health Centre

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions worldwide, saving two to three million lives annually. However, 20 million children worldwide are still unvaccinated and therefore at risk of dying from vaccine-preventable diseases. Children living in remote and underserved regions, where vaccination coverage rates are still very low, and where children are often weakened by malnutrition, are particularly affected. Additionally, interrupted cold chains lead to the risk of vaccination with harmful vaccines, inefficient use of vaccines and of financial wastage of resources and personnel.

Construction of a vaccination shelter and procurement of climate-friendly cooling equipment

The project 'emmunize' wants to change that. With the support of the Merck Family Foundation (opens in a new window), the immunization infrastructure at the Bilira Health Center in Ntcheu district, Malawi will be strenghtened. A climate-friendly solar-powered fridge is being procured, health workers get equipped with tablets, cooling boxes as well as temperature sensors and a shelter will be constructed for the vaccination of children under 5 years of age. The completion of the shelter is scheduled for the beginning of August 2021.

"The construction of the under-five shelter will create a more conducive environment for the mothers and their children," adds Dr Paul Dielemans, Deputy Team Leader at the "Malawi German Health Programme" (MGHP) of GIZ. "It will therefore attract more clients to receive this very important service and it will be easier to enforce COVID-19 preventive measures such as hand washing and social distancing. The cooling equipment will ensure that vaccines are kept at the right temperature and safe to administer."

Pho­to im­pres­si­ons: Sta­tus of con­struc­tion work at Bi­li­ra Health Cen­ter, Nt­cheu district, Ma­la­wi

GIZ engagement in Malawi

Development of a tracking tool for vaccination services

Those efforts are closely linked to a digital tool ('emmunize') which supports health workers keeping track of the vaccination rate (digital registry and reminder system). It has been integrated in the Child Health module of the eRegister platform using OpenSRP, an open source platform used by the staff at Bilira health centre in Ntcheu district (catchment area of approximately 46,000 inhabitants, including approximately 3,500 children under 2 years of age) to provide continuum of quality care to mothers, newborns and their children.

Effective cooling up to the last mile

With an annual per capita income of EUR 283 (World Bank 2017 (opens in a new window)), Malawi is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, ranking 171 out of 188 in the United Nations Country Human Development Index (as of 2017 (opens in a new window)). According to the United Nations World Population Prospects Report, Malawi was ranked 148 out of 175 with an infant mortality rate of 6% between 2010 and 2015 (UN, 2015 (opens in a new window)). Malawi's infant and child mortality rates have been reduced in recent years, but rates remain tragically high by regional and international standards. The interventions will ensure that the health centre has the necessary infrastructure and equipment to refrigerate vaccines so that the cold chain is maintained to the last mile, even in areas with uncertain electricity supplies, to prevent children from being vaccinated with tainted vaccines.

"The ideal cold chain is solar-powered and uses innovative IT solutions to reach every corner of rural Africa."

Dr Paul Dielemans, Deputy Team Leader Malawi German Health Programme  (GIZ)

GIZ Presence in Malawi

The equipment is intended to strengthen the health staff in their efforts to independently conduct routine vaccination clinics, both static and outreach, and vaccination campaigns in the long term. In addition, the health staff and district engineers will be taught how to install, maintain and troubleshoot the solar refrigerator as well as how to check important aspects of the cold chain. A sustainable existence of the project can therefore be ensured.

GIZ has been active in Malawi for over 30 years and is represented through its GIZ health and country office in Malawi to ensure supervision of the existing project. Therefore, there is a good knowledge of the local structures as well as a good network. "The focus of the GIZ health programme in Malawi is on health systems strengthening with a particular emphasis on quality of service delivery in Sexual and Reproductive Health", explains Dr Paul Dielemans. "The emmunize project contributes by improving the access and quality of vaccinations for pregnant women and their children."

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