COVID-19 is a unique challenge globally, not only healthwise, but also logistically. The distribution of vaccines can be seen as the largest refrigeration project ever and the need for freezing and cooling technologies increases.
The publication is aiming for the establishment of a smart, sustainable, green and climate-friendly cold chain, which is aligned and consistent with multilateral agreements. Additionally, the paper emphasizes that the procurement of cold chain equipment can be seen as a chance for green recovery and climate resilience. A special focus is put on guidance in the procurement of climate-friendly and energy-efficient vaccine cooling and freezing technology solutions.
Additionally, this publication focuses on aspects related to standards, training, certification, digitalisation, recycling or destruction of obsolete equipment, cost saving, sustainability, and climate change mitigation potential.
This paper is part of the projects Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) and Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.