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Green Cooling Initiative – Network membership policy

About GCI

For GCI, green cooling refers to energy efficient technologies using natural refrigerants.

GCI develops sustainable strategies and solutions for the dissemination of green cooling technologies through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.

This network is a voluntary membership arrangement. Facilitation is provided by GCI, a project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GCI is funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Network membership benefit

GCI provides network members with information, advice and collaboration opportunities to enhance their engagement in green cooling issues.

Network membership terms

GCI pursues its mission through an open membership policy. It allows companies and organisations to join, which are interested in improving their approach to green cooling.

To commence your membership, a primary contact person must be nominated. He or she needs to sign a GCI membership agreement and send it in to signal the company’s or organisation’s official agreement.

GCI reserves the right to refuse membership, cancel membership status or deny participation at GCI activities should it deem the applying organisation to be inconsistent with its mission.

Network participation is free.

Each member designates one primary contact person to be the “green cooling focal point”. This is generally the person who initiated the membership or who is authorised to make decisions regarding the company’s or organisation's membership. This person receives communication from GCI about maintenance and management of the membership and collaboration opportunities.


Eligible are

  • companies that manufacture at least one commercially available product or major component in one of the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors that uses only natural refrigerants and has above-average energy efficiency. Also eligible are suppliers of natural refrigerants as well as companies from developing countries that do not have their own product yet, but are interested in technology transfer and are willing to commit to advancing natural refrigerants and improving energy efficiency in their products.
  • organisations committed to the promotion of natural refrigerants and energy efficiency in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
  • government institutions that are committed to environmentally friendly refrigeration and air conditioning and that are looking to advance the dissemination of such technology. The initiative to join can come from any interested and authorised person or department in governmental institutions such as National Ozone Units, Environmental Protection Agencies, Ministries of Environment, Climate Change, Finance or Technology etc.