The ROCA project supports Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal on their path to Green Cooling.
With the new ROCA project (Refroidissement respectueux de l'Ozone et du Climat en Afrique de l'Ouest et Centrale) GIZ Proklima is supporting four francophone countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal. ROCA started officially in April 2021 and is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. "We have three exciting years ahead of us and can't wait to get started" says Nils Hansen, coordinator of the ROCA project at GIZ Proklima in Germany. The virtual kick-off meeting in May 2021 was the first step. Now it's time for the concrete planning and implementation.
The ROCA project is following four main objectives:
- Know the Data: In order to adapt the project measures to the individual needs of the countries, the respective RAC sector and political situation will be analysed. Data will be collected and detailed inventories of the local RAC sectors will be compiled.
- Remove Policy Barriers: Significant policy barriers will be identified such as import barriers or regulations impeding the use of natural refrigerants; recommendations on how to remedy the barriers will be developed.
- Enhance capacities and exchange on experiences: Trainings of RAC technicians and other stakeholders in each country will enable to the countries to implement Green Cooling. We will organize workshops on good practices and lessons learned to promote the regional network.
- Demonstrate feasibility: Pilot projects in each of the four partner countries will demonstrate that the use of Green Cooling is feasible and beneficial.