green cooling initiative: About the initiative

The Green Cooling Initiative

Refrigeration and air conditioning are responsible for a significant share of global greenhouse gas emissions. Especially in developing countries and emerging economies, the demand for cooling equipment is rising. Low levels of efficiency and high leakage rates of refrigerant gases with high global warming potential will increase these emissions drastically.

The Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) 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 green cooling technologies. On this website, the initiative aims to provide useful information, give access to knowledge and bring people together working on the same goal: Promoting green cooling worldwide.

GCI provides sector-specific data and material for both: 1) members of the private sector wishing to invest in a certain country and 2) policy makers that are seeking to reduce emissions. The aim is to give information on technologies, regulations, market trends, funding and emission reduction potentials, as much as possible, on a country by country level.

Aiming at a reduction of emissions from the cooling sectors, Green Cooling combines three approaches:

  1. promoting natural refrigerants,
  2. maximising energy efficiency,
  3. fostering a sustainable approach to private and commercial energy consumption.

Green cooling helps to protect the environment, resources and the climate and supports the use of renewable technologies within cooling. It thereby contributes towards a sustainable reduction of fossil fuel consumption.

The term "green cooling technologies" is used to describe equipment with maximized energy efficiency that is using natural refrigerants, thereby minimizing its environmental impact.

The Green Cooling Network and Website

The aim of GCI is to establish a global Green Cooling Network, which will accelerate the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors to and within developing countries. This website is a knowledge base for green cooling technologies, data emission scenarios and a platform for the Green Cooling Initiative Network. Decision makers, technology suppliers and importers, research institutes, NGOs as well as government institutions are all invited to join.

The GCI wants to address questions and issues such as:

  • What are the key subsectors with a high potential for technology transfer that lead to significant CO2 emission reductions?
  • What is the global demand for refrigeration and air conditioning now and in the future?
  • Which countries and companies play key roles in the supply and purchasing of RAC equipment?
  • What are the key technology options and technology trends for specific RAC subsectors?
  • What are the contributions of countries, NGOs and private sector stakeholders to sector transformation?
  • What are significant international and national regulations and standards in the RAC sectors?

Find out more about

Our network members


Policies, standards and regulation


Green cooling technologies


Emission scenarios data base


The GCI is funded by the International Climate Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Na­ture Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by GIZ Proklima.