Green Cooling Initiative

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
Partner countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam (with regional hubs in the highlighted countries)

Map with partner countries

Partner Countries

Rising temperatures and population, progressing urbanisation and economic growth are driving up the worldwide cooling demand, particularly in developing countries. But many of the refrigerants and insulating foams currently in use are harmful to the environment. In 2023, it is estimated that the refrigeration industry accounted for around ten to twelve per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.


The Green Cooling Initiative contributes to raising international awareness of the significant mitigation potential associated with environmentally- and climate-friendly cooling technologies. In its third phase, GCI supports its partners worldwide by accelerating the transformation of the cooling sector towards energy efficient technologies using natural refrigerants. This includes policy advise, technology transfer and capacity building. 

Green Cooling is the most viable way to meet the growing cooling demand and protect our climate at the same time. It is based on two principals: using natural refrigerants with an ultra-low global warming potential and highly energy-efficient appliances. Ideally, the energy comes from renewable sources. All measures should be complemented by passive cooling, e.g. shading, surrounding vegetation and good insulation.


The work of the Green Cooling Initiative III is based on three pillars:

  • Policy advise: We support key actors with access to Green Cooling instruments and arguments, offer demand-based support services and strengthen networking between stakeholders. We shed light on appropriate financing mechanisms.
  • Technology transfer: We pilot innovative Green Cooling technologies in the partner countries and in cooperation with the private sector. We therefore demonstrate their technical and economic feasibility and spark interest in further upscaling. 
  • Capacity building: We train policy makers, refrigeration trainers and technicians on the handling and characteristics of natural refrigerants. In addition, we offer needs-based trainings.

Moreover, the Green Cooling Initiative III 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.

Latest Publications

GCI Scholarship to support girls and young women attending RAC courses

10.07.2024 , News :

The future is bright for Debora Jelangat from Kericho County and Celestine Chelagat. They are currently taking a one year certificate course in refrigeration and Air conditions at the Eldoret technical training Institute (ETTI) sponsored by GIZ Green Cooling Initiative III to pursue their dreams of becoming RAC technicians. The scholarship plays a pivotal role in lifting a significant burden, enabling children to focus on their studies rather than being preoccupied with the financial challenges they face at home. 

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Debora Jelangat (ETTI), Juliet Cheruto (GIZ) and  Celestine Chelagat (ETTI)

"I am honored and humbled by the efforts of GIZ sponsoring my vocational college Education and will always do my best to use my skills wisely and help the cooling industry", Debora Jelangat 

Women currently make up only a small proportion of the total workforce in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Sector. The scholarship aims to change that. The measure is supported by the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Forestry and also in line with ETTI scholarship programmes. It also contribute to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls in the RAC sector, paying towards SDG Goal #5 Gender Equality. 

"I would like to encourage ladies to take up courses like refrigeration and gain skills. Yes, it is technical but fulfilling.” Celestine Chelagat

The origin of the Green Cooling Initiative scholarship emerged from feedback received in the past two years during girls day for female RAC technicians. On these occasions it was noted that there are only few trained female techninicans across the country and this low number starts from intake into TVET institutions. The female RAC technicians noted that there is a number of ladies who whish to join RAC cources after completion of highschool but who lack the financial capacity to enroll into the course. Therefore, GCI III established the scholarship programme to support girls and young women interested in technical occupations but lacking sufficient finances. ETTI has relevant experience in capacity building in the cooling sector covering green cooling technologies. The curriculum in the institute is updated to cover trainings on safe handling of natural refrigerants including propane gas such as R290 refrigerant.

The global project Green Cooling Initiative III is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV) under the International Climate Initiative (IKI).