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COP 28 RAC Skills Si­de Event High­lights Phil­ip­pi­ne In­no­va­ti­on in Green Jobs through Cli­ma­te-Fri­end­ly Coo­ling

12/2023 , Publication :

The Philippines highlighted its best practice on green jobs in climate-friendly cooling through the COP 28 hybrid side event “Skills in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning with Growth in Global Cooling Demand” at the Philippine Pavilion on 08 December 2023. 

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Collaboration between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in implementing the phase-down schedule of the Montreal Protocol have led to the development of a globally advanced Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum for refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) technicians in the Philippines. With the Kigali Amendments making the Montreal Protocol a climate agreement through the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbon, ammonia and carbon dioxide is anticipated to have wider application in RAC systems and equipment.  

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To address the skills needed for natural refrigerants, GIZ Proklima developed the “Fit-for Green Cooling” modules enabling countries to integrate in the TVET curriculum the safety and skills required in handling climate-friendly refrigerant alternatives. The side event was opened by Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh of the DENR highlighting Filipino skills as world class. Philipp Denzinger of GIZ Proklima presented the “Fit-for-Green Cooling” training modules that is readily available for countries, Manuel Azucena of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) presented the experience of the Philippines in integrating natural refrigerants R290, R717 and Re744 in the RAC TVET curriculum of TESDA and finally Jan Dusek of ATMOsphere presented the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub as a venue for trainings and events in promoting natural refrigerants in the cold chain. Maraida Licerio of GIZ Philippines moderated the side event.  

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The side event was organized by the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change II (C4 II) (opens in a new window) project. C4 II is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).