Pro­kli­ma – In­te­gra­ted Cli­ma­te and Ozone Pro­tec­tion

For more than 25 years, Proklima has been promoting integrated ozone and climate protection in the cooling sector worldwide, focusing on the use of natural refrigerants and foam blowing agents.

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Proklima advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Policy advice, capacity building, awareness raising, and knowledge transfer are in the centre of Proklima’s activities. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project supports the German government in all bilateral and multilateral processes related to the Montreal Protocol.

Proklima supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through technical and policy advice and participates in meetings and conferences of the Montreal Protocol such as the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) and ExCom. Through publications and events, it informs both the professional audience and the general public about latest developments on sustainable cooling and future-friendly natural refrigerants. One of its lighthouse activities is the "Cool Training" course about the save handling of natural refrigerants for trainers, technicians and policy makers from around the world. It is offered several times a year in cooperation with the professional training institute Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik (BFS) in Germany.


Image: giz / Andreas Döring
Laura Casas Morán, participant of a Cool Training in 2022: "We learnt a lot about natural refrigerants. This is really important, because in my country we still need a change in mindsets."

La­test News

Ke­nya: Cur­ri­cu­la for fu­ture

10.03.2022 , News :

GIZ handed over a reviewed refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) curriculum to Kenyan authorities. What’s the innovation? It now includes Green Cooling technologies.

The photo shows the representatives of GIZ and the Kenyan training authorities who show the new curriculum (opens enlarged image)
Emmanuel Choge (GIZ), Dr Lawrence Guantai (CEO TVET-CDACC), Josphine Mutero (GIZ), Mr Gichuhi Ndegwa (Director Technical Services), Mr Silas Peter Khasindu (Curriculum Development Officer) (from left to right)

A future-friendly transformation of the RAC sector requires well-trained technicians who know how to handle Green Cooling technologies. The concept of Green Cooling describes the use of natural refrigerants like hydrocarbons (e.g., propane and isobutane), ammonia and CO2 in combination with highly energy-efficient appliances, ideally powered by renewable energy sources.

A gallery shows illustrations of some natural refrigerants

The Green Cooling Initiative (GCI in short, part of the GIZ programme Proklima) has been collaborating with the GIZ Youth Employment and Vocational Training Programme in reviewing the Kenyan RAC curricula. The objective was to best integrate Green Cooling into the existing curricula and improve the employability of the graduates from the training institutions.

The Green Cooling Initiative is funded by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); the Youth Employment and Vocational Training Programme by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

On 2nd March 2022, GIZ handed over the reviewed RAC curriculum that now includes specific safety measures for hydrocarbons to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (TVET-CDACC). TVET-CDACC  is one of the national curricula developing bodies in Kenya. Present were the CEO TVET-CDACC, Dr Lawrence Guantai, the Director Technical Services, Mr Gichuhi Ndegwa, the Curriculum Development Officer, Mr Silas Peter Khasindu, and the GIZ colleagues Emmanuel Choge and Josphine Mutero.

Three steps to ma­ke RAC tech­ni­ci­ans fit for Green Coo­ling

The reviewed curriculum is a great achievement on the way to establish a national qualification, certification and registration scheme (QCR) for RAC technicians in Kenya. GIZ Proklima, with its “Fit for Green Cooling” approach, supports partner countries in every step of the way to tailor the QCR scheme to suit specific national needs and circumstances.

If you are interested in our “Fit for Green Cooling” qualification, certification and registration scheme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

a gallery shows icons for qualification, certification and registration