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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Re­gio­nal NOU Of­fi­cers Ne­go­tia­ti­on Trai­ning held in Nai­ro­bi

11.01.2024 , News :

The Green Cooling Initiative and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya organized a two-day regional negotiation training on strengthening negotiation skills for the international context for the National Ozone Officers of GCI partner countries in October 2023 in Nairobi.

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Theoretical lecture part of the Regional Negotiation Training. Participants were NOU Officers that would later participate in the MOP35 (35th Meeting of Parties) to the Montreal Protocol the following week. © GIZ, Juliet Cheruto Ngeiywa.

The Green Cooling Initiative (opens in a new window) (GCI) of the GIZ, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and Internationale Klimaschutz Initiative (opens in a new window) (IKI) supports partner countries in implementing provisions from the Montreal Protocol (MP) including the Kigali Amendment and other international conventions such as the UNFCCC. In this context, GCI and Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya organized a two-day regional negotiation training on strengthening negotiation skills for the international context for the National Ozone Officers of GCI partner countries. The training took place in October 2023 in Nairobi. 21 participants, mainly NOU officers from different African countries, participated and learned about different strategies, synergies and alliances. The training took place immediately before the 35th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP35) and prepared the participants for the upcoming negotiations. MOP35 is the event where Parties keep track of the activities regarding the implementation of the phase-down and phase-out of HCFCs and HFCs, substances that harm the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.  

© GIZ, Juliet Cheruto Ngeiywa

The training contributed to GCI’s mandate to empower developing and emerging economies to actively participate in international negotiations and table their demands. To this end, the training’s core objective was to strengthen the negotiation capacity of delegates from GCI partner countries to actively participate in negotiations held under the MP, both at individual level (skills) and at organizational level (team capacity of the delegation). 

Therefore, the training agenda included theoretical and practical exercises to better incorporate the concepts studied. Topics overviewed included the psychology of negotiations, styles and strategies, engagement with multiple parties or interests, team organization, and effective negotiation planning. Participants were given the opportunity to reflect on their negotiation skills and strategies, while also fostering their knowledge in this topic. This approach resulted in an improved capacity of NOU officers, who are now capable of a better agency and the ability to put their interests forward. The participants expressed their appreciation for the activity organized, as it was regarded as a fruitful event.