Embarking on climate-friendly refrigeration and air-conditioning development pathways in Africa
Supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), GIZ, in cooperation of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has organized the Green Cooling Africa Week (GCAW), which took place from June 7-10, 2016, in Centurion, South Africa. Around 40 relevant stakeholders and policy-makers from 12 African countries discussed and learn about the activities of the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), Green Cooling Africa Initiative (GCAI), CTCN, Green Cooling technology and policy issues, the development of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, and about the transport refrigeration sector. The GCAW included a two days NAMA training.
Africa’s rapidly expanding middle class and changing lifestyles translate into growing demand for refrigeration and air-conditioning. In order to mitigate both direct and indirect emissions from the cooling sector, the introduction and diffusion of green cooling technologies is of vital importance. Best practices of projects worldwide will illustrate the use of natural refrigerants and energy-efficient cooling appliances.
Participants included besides GCI network members, national ozone officers and climate mitigation focal points from African countries, policy-makers from the ozone/climate/energy-efficiency sectors, RAC private sector representatives, as well as scientific institutions.