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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Coo­ling NDCs nee­ded? The NDC Help­desk pro­vi­des ex­pert gui­dance

30.01.2024 , News :

Do you need support in designing, implementing, or updating your Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) with ambitious targets and mitigation measures in the cooling sector? The newly established NDC helpdesk for the cooling sector is here to support you. 

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The helpdesk offers specialised support in various areas, including

  • NDC cooling sector integration and formulation of trackable mitigation targets  
  • Development and implementation of National Cooling Action Plans
  • HFC emission calculation and reporting under the UNFCCC (Tier 1 and Tier 2)
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in the cooling sector
  • Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) systems in the cooling sector
  • Any questions concerning our provided tools and guidelines.

Why enhance NDCs with Green Cooling?

The refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector is responsible for more than 7% of global GHG emissions – from refrigerant use (direct emissions) and the operation of the equipment with fossil-fuel based energy sources (indirect emissions). Reducing those emissions is important to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Technical solutions exist for almost all RAC subsectors. They are very cost-efficient and therefore considered as “low-hanging fruits”. Therefore, it is crucial for countries to enhance their NDCs with Green Cooling solutions based on two principals: using natural refrigerants in combination with highly energy-efficient appliances and buildings.

Find out more about the topic in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), publications and supporting tools, as well as in our regularly held NDC4 webinars.

Who Can Benefit? 

The NDC helpdesk provides technical assistance to Global South countries, government agencies, and technical institutions and organisations working directly with national governments to plan and implement NDCs, provided they are endorsed by the national UNFCCC focal point or the Ministry of Environment.

The NDC Helpdesk (opens in a new window) is implemented by the global project Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change II (C4 II) (opens in a new window) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).