Newsletter 04/2018, Iss. 01

The Green Cooling Initiative - promoting green cooling worldwide!



Welcome to the first Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter 2018!

Dear readers

We are pleased to welcome you to our first newsletter issue 2018! As the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), we have already been able to promote sustainable cooling technologies at many events last year (see Newsletter archive). In the coming year, we want to continue our commitment to alternative and environmentally friendly cooling technologies with new energy.

In this respect, SPODS - a newly launched project - will promote green cooling in the future. By supporting a number of South American and Caribbean countries to implement their commitments to reduce HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the project will effectively contribute to a sustainable transformation of the regional cooling sector.

In the coming months, the content and design of the GCI website will undergo a slight facelift. The first improvements are already visible, but more will follow in the coming months. The website is definitely worth a visit!

Finally, we are happy to welcome our newest network member, the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) to the network. AEEE, is now also on our website and will be introduced briefly in this issue.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and are happy to reply to any comments and queries.

Kind regards, Nika Greger, GCI Project Manager

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Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) reaches Cuba!

In early March 2018, the National Ozone Unit of Cuba (OTOZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH held a kickoff workshop in Havana to initiate the project C4. It will support Cuba in formulating mitigation strategies in the cooling sector and thereby advancing its NDCs.

The workshop took place within the International Conference on Energy, Innovation and Climate Change 2018. Over 30 participants from different ministries, agencies, research institutes and universities attended the event and joined a discussion about the history and the vision of Cuba towards the use of natural refrigerants and the greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potential of the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector.

The next steps of the project will be defined within the next weeks. First ideas are the elaboration of an extensive inventory using the Tier 2 approach and the definition of priority sub sectors for subsequent policy recommendations, as well as capacity building and training for experts and technicians.

C4 is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by GIZ Proklima.

Kickoff workshop in Havana, Cuba on fighting climate change by transforming the national RAC sector towards sustainable refrigerant alternatives ©GIZ/Proklima

Facelift of the GCI Website: User-friendly and intuitive handling

Since the beginning of the year, there has been some movement on the GCI website. The website will be improved in terms of increased user-friendliness and faster navigation. In addition to the external design, content and functionality are also further updated.

One of the main concerns of the update is the increased user-friendliness and the simplified page navigation, providing more intuitive page access. In terms of content, the update provides a focal point for everything worth knowing about Green Cooling, the so-called Knowledge Center. Finally, the heart of the site, the interactive world map, is polished up with a simplified data query.

These and other updates will be launched in the coming months, making it worth visiting the website regularly. If you have any particular ideas or suggestions for improvement for the website, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Green Cooling Initiative and its website is funded by Germany´s BMU within the IKI.

Project News

Vietnam: Preliminary inventory results presented and discussed

On the road to green cooling, Vietnam’s Department of Climate Change (DCC) in cooperation with GIZ Proklima presents its preliminary GHG inventory results for the RAC sector. The workshop took place mid of March 2018 in Hanoi and was attended by over 40 participants.

In the framework of the project C4 funded by BMU and its IKI, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) under the DCC in Vietnam cooperates with GIZ Proklima to develop mitigation strategies for the sector. In this context, a comprehensive GHG inventory for the sector has been undertaken, capturing both the direct and indirect emissions from refrigerant use and energy consumption respectively.

The aim of the presentation was to gather feedback from the key stakeholders (policy, private sector and academia) in the sector and ensure the inventory’s reliability. In that respect, DCC and GIZ Proklima agreed to provide more detail for quality assurance and quality control as requested by the participants. This will allow the inventory to be of use for Vietnam’s national GHG reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Participants of workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam on the preliminary inventory results ©GIZ/Proklima

Midea Air Conditioner receives German Ecolabel Blue Angel

On February 14, 2018, Midea – one of Chinese world’s leading technologies group in the RAC sector - received the German Blue Angel ecolabel for its new, environmentally friendly air conditioning system. The label was awarded to Midea during the Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) trade fair in Milan, Italy.

Split-type air conditioners are responsible for the largest share of GHG emissions resulting from leaking refrigerants with high global warming potential. Midea China has responded accordingly by designing a monosplit inverter room air conditioner based on R290 (propane) as a natural refrigerant. The model, which runs with a nominal cooling capacity of 2.6 or 3.5 kW, will be available on the European market from the second half of 2018, according to Midea.

The Blue Angel is an ecolabel awarded by the Federal Government of Germany since 1978 for particularly environmentally friendly products and services. The high environmental standards set by the Blue Angel have established themselves over the past 40 years as a guide for more sustainable consumption and product design.

Representatives of Midea receiving the ecolabel Blue Angel on MCE trade fair in Milan, Italy ©GIZ/Proklima

Advancing technicians’ skills on Green Cooling in the Philippines

On 12th of February 2018, GIZ Proklima’s C4 project entered cooperation with Philippine’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on training program on proper installation and servicing of energy-efficient hydrocarbon (R-290) split-type air conditioners.

The partnership consists specifically of training local technicians in the installation, maintenance and operation of energy-efficient hydrocarbon-based (R290) split-type air conditioning systems. Eight of these systems and all the necessary tools for efficient handling of the devices will be made available to TESDA by the project C4.

The one-week training programme is scheduled for May 2018 and includes the training of a total of 32 technicians from various parts and training centers across the country. TESDA has also decided to conduct performance tests on the new air conditioners in its Green Center.

GIZ Proklima and TESDA cooperating together in the Philippines ©GIZ/Proklima

New project promotes sustainable and climate-friendly phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS)

SPODS – a new the project, co-financed by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – has been launched earlier this year in Paris. The project aims at assisting selected Latin American and Caribbean countries with their political transformation processes in fulfilling their obligation under the Montreal Protocol related to HFC mitigation.

SPODS will be implemented in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Grenada, Venezuela and Paraguay. As a result, the involved countries will be able to develop a clear understanding on how the cooling sector contributes to their national energy consumption and total GHG emissions, where appropriate policy measures are required and how potential project ideas can be made bankable.

As the implementing agency, GIZ Proklima will be supported via grants by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). These will use policy and technical instruments to achieve the project objective.

The Network Corner

GCI welcomes its newest network member: AEEE

Since March 2018, the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) is an official partner of the GCI network and supports the dissemination of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration sector internationally.

The Indian non-profit organization AEEE has been successfully advocating a more efficient use of energy in the domestic economy. As an industry-led organization, the AEEE is a national pioneer in energy efficiency and supports industry and politics through capacity building, market development, policy advisory and industry advocacy initiatives.

Would you also like to become a member of GCI and play an active role in the dissemination of sustainable refrigerant technologies? Then please apply here!

Registration is open! Webinar on good practices in ODS bank management

Reducing banks of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) is a complex issue, but can significantly contribute to protect our environment. While the Montreal Protocol covers the production and consumption of ODS, the disposal of accumulated substances has not been regulated yet.

Against this background, the project Management and destruction of existing ozone depleting substances (ODS) banks will host a webinar on environmentally friendly ad sustainable ODS management and disposal. The registration is already ongoing and is open to all network members.

The webinar focuses on the successful conceptual design of an effective ODS banks management and a correspondingly environmentally friendly disposal of these substances. The ODS banks-project is funded by Germany´s BMU via its IKI. 

The 60-minute webinar will start at 15:00h (CET). The number of participants is limited. Please register here.

Sustainable cooling: Apply for the next ideas competition!

Whether the aim is to provide training for local employees, to promote the use of climate-friendly technologies or to improve standards at production facilities – the objectives of private enterprises and actors involved in development cooperation often overlap.

With its programme, Germany’s BMZ helps drive forward your company’s innovative projects in developing countries and emerging markets while generating long-term benefits for the local population. DEG, GIZ and sequa assist you to plan, finance and roll out your activities in partner countries, enabling you to make sustainable international business commitments and tap into new markets while helping to improve the lives of local people.

German and European companies interested in a development partnership under can submit their proposals to’s ideas competition four times a year. The next round will be open for applications from 15 May to 30 June 2018.

More about the programme and its ideas competition here

We would be delighted if you could pass on the information about the competitions to your colleagues and any companies you work with who might be interested.

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