RAC NA­MA Thai­land

The project promotes climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies in Thailand, with a special focus on domestic refrigerators, commercial refrigerators, air-conditioners, and chillers. Its first phase ended in July 2021.

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Partner Countries

Nowadays, the use of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technologies accounts for approximately 50% of the electricity consumed in Thailand. Without effective intervention, the growing energy demand for cooling is projected to double by 2030. As the RAC sector is also one of the country’s largest greenhouse gases (GHG) emitters, reducing emissions from this sector will be key to help Thailand achieve its ambitious GHG mitigation targets of 20-25% by 2030.

At the same time, Thailand is an important industrial hub in the global RAC sector. To remain competitive, producers need to be well prepared to adjust to the changing requirements driven by international agreements. Consequently, their challenge will be to produce highly energy-efficient and climate-friendly technologies.

Facts RAC Thailand


RAC NAMA Thailand wants to reach the following goals:

  • Thailand receives support to achieve its energy saving and greenhouse gases mitigation targets.
  • Companies that produce refrigerators and air-conditioners stay competitive against imports. They improve the energy efficiency of their products and get to know new technologies.
  • Technicians learn important new skills that prepare them for the future.
  • Consumers have a wider choice of energy-efficient products and can save money on their electricity bills.


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Introduction to Green Cooling (Thai with english subtitles)

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Re­vo­lu­ti­on is un­der­way in the Thai coo­ling sec­tor

01.10.2019 , News :

More and more companies switch their production lines to natural refrigerants. Producers, consumers, and the environment are all benefitting.

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The Sanden Intercool Group is in the process of having their production lines converted © GIZ Proklima

In a country with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, it is not surprising that half of the electricity consumed comes from refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) systems. Their electricity consumption alone accounts for 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions, while Thailand as a country strives to cope with the impacts of climate change. The country is only recently discovering a greener way of cooling and the enormous potential that lies in natural refrigerants.

For the past 3 years, the RAC NAMA Project (opens in a new window)has been promoting the use of natural refrigerants in domestic and commercial refrigerators, ACs and chillers. Tapping into both the demand and supply sides, the team has been supporting a number of Thai manufacturers with transitioning to natural refrigerants. The Sanden Intercool Group, Supreme CNB Corporation and Panasonic Appliances Cold Chain (Thailand) are now in the process of having their production lines converted.

"The sooner the market in South East Asia switches, the better it will be for preserving the environment and keeping the business within a sustainable level for the long-term.", says Alex Panas, Group Commercial Director of Sanden Intercool (opens in a new window). "In the end, this will benefit all of us. The end-users, the society, the country itself. What the RAC NAMA Project is doing is an outstanding initiative."

With the contribution of the RAC NAMA fund, through a revolving fund and a sub-grant scheme, the company has been able to acquire state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of hydrocarbon-based refrigerators and receives marketing and technical support to actively promote green refrigeration in the market. By 2022, Sanden Intercool Group aims to have all its ranges available with natural refrigerants. The company is targeting to supply at least 50%, or even 70%, of the units required in the Thai market with natural refrigerants in the next 2 years.

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