How to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone - and where cooling comes into play
A milestone of international cooperation was reached in September 2015. In the 2030 Agenda, the international community agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These SDGs focus on the sustainable development of economic growth in accordance with social justice and within ecological limits. Proklima projects contribute to 11 SDGs of the United Nations.
Find out below how Green Cooling contributes to the SDGs!
SDGs 1-3 and Green Cooling
SDG 1: No poverty
More and more households with low incomes have a refrigerator or an air conditioner, but these devices are usually outdated, creating high electricity costs. Energy-efficient appliances consume up to 75% less electricity and reduce the financial burden on households.
SDG 2: Zero hunger
20% of all food worldwide spoils due to insufficient cooling. Modern, reliable cold chains prevent this, which is why we help users to modernise and convert their cooling systems.
International Institute of Refrigeration, 2019
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Every year, more than 50% of the world’s vaccines are lost. One of the main causes is interruption to the cold chain. We support the development of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly medical refrigerators, because it is the availability of refrigeration technology that makes comprehensive immunisation possible in the first place.
SDGs 4, 7, 8 and Green Cooling
SDG 4: High-quality education
Green Cooling requires technical competence. We provide training and train-the-trainers workshops for refrigeration technicians all over the world, helping them to become Green Cooling experts. The qualification improves the professional perspectives and income of participants.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
More than one billion people worldwide have no access to electricity – a poor electricity supply is thus one of the key indicators of poverty. Energy-efficient appliances relieve the load on the power grid, so the same capacities are sufficient for more households. In Africa, the introduction of innovative, solar-powered refrigerators will provide lifesaving vaccines, medicines and fresh produce to areas that have no access to the grid.
IEA, 2018: World Energy Outlook 2018
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
In 2010, the market volume of the refrigeration industry in developing and emerging countries was already over €100 billion – and this figure is expected to more than triple by 2030. Targeted knowledge transfer irrespective of patents makes Green Cooling producers in developing countries competitive.
SDGs 9, 11, 12 and Green Cooling
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Many manufacturers still use climate-damaging refrigerants – but they can also be won over for climate-friendly solutions, as we have proven by helping around 100 companies in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam sectors to make their products ozone and climate-friendly.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
There is a high demand for air conditioning, especially in towns and cities. This is due to the higher temperatures in densely-populated areas and the better income of the residents. Construction measures for climate regulation and energy-efficient cooling can significantly reduce electricity consumption and conserve resources.
SDG 12: Sustainable consumption and production
When cooling appliances are disposed of in emerging and developing countries, the materials are usually lost – and climate-damaging refrigerants are released. This is why Proklima promotes the development of recyclable appliances. The emissions prevented are equivalent to 2 to 3 tons of CO2 per unit.
SDGs 13, 17 and Green Cooling
SDG 13: Climate action
It is estimated that the refrigeration sector will account for around 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Green Cooling reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves resources.
SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the goals
Only a shared commitment can bring about sustainable change. That is why we create partnerships with stakeholders in all sectors. Through collaborations with ministries, authorities, NGOs and civil society representatives, we have supported the introduction of natural refrigerants in 40 countries to date.