Kigali - During a co-hosted event with UNDP, GIZ Proklima presented a completed conversion project from HCFCs and HFCs to hydrocarbons in Swaziland. Supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the BMUB, Palfridge - as the first refrigeration manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa – decided to convert its production lines to the use of natural refrigerants.
Thanks to the conversion of the annual production of approx. 80,000 units to natural refrigerants, direct emissions of F-gases were cut by up to 19,700 tons CO2 equivalent per year. On another occasion, GIZ Proklima presented a completed IKI-demonstration project for conversion in India. The project helped the Indian manufacturer Godrej & Boyce to convert its production to systems using environmentally sound hydrocarbon refrigerants and introduce energy-efficient technology, thereby establishing a best-practice model. Since its launch in 2012, Godrej & Boyce sold up to 250,000 AC units and thus achieved a market share of over 11% in 5 star AC segment making them the third largest supplier in this segment across India.
Another GIZ-side event presented ways to integrate a HFC phase down in ongoing national mitigation actions. GIZ Proklima highlighted a range of specific tools and guidelines (e.g. to co-benefit evaluation, market & policy incentive analysis, inventory & projection tool) as well as trainings for policy makers and technicians that were developed, addressing the entire refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam (RAC&F) sector from the data collection to the implementation. The showcased activities were funded both by the BMZ as well as the BMUB.
And finally within the context of the Green Cooling Initiative, a separate event on promoting propane (R290) air-conditioners in developing countries took place. Representatives from GCI, China (FECO and Midea) as well as UNIDO presented the current development market introduction of R290 ACs in China and developing countries like Ghana. The event was co-hosted by FECO, UNIDO and UNDP.
All presentations of the side events are available on the website of the Ozone Secretariat Conference Portal (opens in a new window).