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.

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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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En­vi­ron­men­tal­ly and cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly so­lar-power­ed walk-in cold rooms

05/2022 , Publication - Technical Publication :

Solar walk-in cold rooms are used as an eco-friendly refrigeration alternative for food and medicine storage. This publication by the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) and Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) project provides helpful guidelines on how to minimize their climate impact most effectively.

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As needs for food conservation, thermal comfort or safe medicines access grow, the numbers of solar powered walk-in cold rooms increase every year. Many people and organisations believe that by constructing a solar walk-in cold room, they are green, environmentally and climate-friendly. However, many technologies are still having quite some negative environmental and climate impacts, which often eliminates the positive side of using solar energy to run the system. Cooling technologies currently constitute about 10% of global energy consumption [1] and a significant share of global GHG emissions. Refrigerants of the cooling system and blowing agents of the insulation materials often used are harmful to the ozone layer and/or have a high global warming potential and therefore have a negative impact on the climate. In addition, solar walk-in cold rooms often use batteries that have high embedded CO2 emissions from manufacturing and transport and negatively affect the environment at the end of life.