green cooling initiative: Green Cooling benefits

Benefits of promoting green cooling technologies

The demand for cooling technologies is growing: Refrigerators and air conditioners, but also larger chillers for office buildings, supermarkets or industrial cooling are needed everywhere. At the same time, these industries are already responsible for a large share of global greenhouse gas emissions and it is expected that emissions in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors will continue to grow disproportionately. Business as usual is not an option if goals regarding climate change are supposed to be reached. Green cooling technologies permit the growth of the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

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Emissions and waste reduction, resource efficiencyEnvironmental protection

  • Emission reduction – Green cooling technologies help protect the environment. Using natural refrigerants reduces direct emissions of F-gases, which harm the ozone layer and the climate. Highly efficient natural refrigerant appliances have lower energy consumption and therefore reduce indirect emissions.

Global warming potential

HFC-134aNatural refrigerants
  • Resources – Natural refrigerants are naturally occurring substances. Unlike fluorinated substances which are produced from fluorspar, natural refrigerants do not deplete resources.
  • Waste – Natural refrigerants do not produce persistent wastes in the atmosphere.

Innovation, green growth, green jobs, local production, energy supplyEconomic development

  • Innovation and green growth – With a rapidly growing market for refrigeration and air conditioning the demand for climate-friendly solutions will also increase. Additional and strengthened national and international regulations that restrict the use of F-gases and require high efficiencies will continue to come into force. Companies and research institutes will strive to be front-runners in green cooling technologies: This covers the entire life-cycle of appliances, from the raw products, through production, maintenance and repair right up to environmentally sound recycling.

Market volume of refrigeration and air conditioning sectors in developing countries and countries in transition

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Market volume (in billion €)
2010 100
2030 (projected) 375
  • Energy supply – The increased energy efficiency of cooling systems and reduction of overall cooling requirements not only saves the consumer or operator money but they also relieve the often strained energy supplies and prevent power cuts which can have negative impacts on the development of competitive industry and services. Energy efficiency also reduces the need for additional investments in energy infrastructure, which can be a huge financial burden to poor countries. More people and businesses can be supplied by the same electricity generation if the efficiency increases.
  • Production and availability – The production of natural refrigerants is less costly and consumes far less energy than the production of synthetic refrigerants. The handling of natural substances cannot be restricted by patents, so they can be processed and sold by any company in any country locally.

Employment, education, food, health, living conditionsSocial development

  • Employment and education – Training and education enables managers, engineers, technicians and servicing personnel in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors to stay up-to-date and work in accordance with the current regulations and standards. Their services are sought as the demand for robust, energy efficient technologies rises. Certified training increases the chances of proper employment and a better income.
  • Health – A reliable cooling chain ensures both safe food and medical supplies. Because of solar cooling appliances, even people in remote areas off the grid have access to medical supplies and vaccines.
  • Food – Affordable refrigerators enable people to store fresh food appropriately. As food is best sold fresh, reliable cooling chains also ensure the incomes of local producers and retailers.
  • Living conditions – Household electricity bills will go down when replacing old fridges, freezers or air conditioners by new, efficient ones.