Newsletter 07/2017, Iss. 02

The Green Cooling Initiative - promoting green cooling worldwide!



Welcome to the second Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter 2017!

Dear readers,

we hope you enjoyed our last issue of the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) Newsletter! A newsletter archive can be found here. Please share any suitable information you would like us to include in our newsletter. Any contributions are most welcomed.

In this issue, we would like to highlight several new publications: a guideline on how to dismantle refrigerators and air conditioners in an environmentally friendly manner, several guidelines on managing ODS banks as well as two policy guidebooks on accelerating the global adoption of energy-efficient refrigerators & air conditioners. Moreover, we are proud to announce that we have successfully completed the Green Cooling Africa Initiative (GCAI) in Namibia and Mauritius, an innovative project that prepares its partner countries for an early transfer to climate friendly cooling technologies.

Finally, a warm welcome to our newest GCI network member, Frigo-Consulting from Switzerland! They offer independent services throughout the entire lifecycle of refrigerating systems, hereby displaying a comprehensive market overview and providing highly cost-effective and efficient solutions. If you are interested in helping us promote green cooling worldwide, become a member now! Enjoy this newsletter, and we are happy to reply to your comments and queries. Yours faithfully, Philipp Denzinger, GCI Project Manager


GIZ Proklima Expert Talk on cooling for sustainable development

On June 23rd, over 40 experts in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) and other related fields gathered at the Proklima Expert Talk of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to discuss and exchange experiences and perspectives on future trends, challenges and opportunities in the key action fields of green cooling and sustainable development.

In light of the Agenda 2030 and ambitious global climate targets, a strong multi-stakeholder network is required to pursue a market transition to green RAC technologies. To that end, the central part of the Expert Talk revolved around a panel discussion whereby international public and private sector partners shared their experiences and perspectives on sustainable cooling. Panelists included representatives from a Sri Lankan environmental pioneer hotel group, a German green RAC manufacturer and from the Environmental Protection Agency Ghana.

The event was characterized by an enthusiastic exchange between all participants, and different perspectives on sustainable cooling were shared and discussed. Without doubt, GIZ Proklima's future portfolio development holds many new ideas, opportunities, and challenges!
GIZ Proklima Expert Talk - Panel Discussion ©GIZ

A new series of GIZ publications regarding ozone depleting substances (ODS) management

The inadequate disposal and accumulation of old, faulty air conditioners and refrigerators containing ozone depleting refrigerants and foam blowing agents poses a considerable threat to the environment. In recognizing this, GIZ Proklima has published a series of guidelines outlining the adequate management of ODS banks, together with a manual that demonstrates the appropriate dismantling of cooling appliances.

Most developing countries lack the necessary capacity to adequately manage ODS banks. In a global roadmap, GIZ Proklima introduces the overarching key processes required to establish good practices in ODS banks management and the core issues are treated in-depth and individually in four thematic guidelines. Additionally - together with the Colombian partner ministry - a guideline was published outlining the step-wise procedures for a climate-neutral disposal of cooling appliances, including dismantling and transport considerations.

All publications were developed within the scope of the global ODS Banks project, which is funded under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). All publications are available for download here.  

Green Cooling Africa Initiative (GCAI) successfully completed in Namibia and Mauritius

The GCAI is in its final stages in Namibia and Mauritius. With the development of policy and technology roadmaps, the African frontrunner countries can effectively include the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the RAC sector in their national climate strategies.

The GCAI, financed under the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) for Mauritius and Namibia and the IKI of the BMUB for Kenya and Ghana, represents a regional initiative aimed at preparing its partner countries for an early transfer to climate friendly cooling technologies.

With a complete, state-of-the-art inventory and a technology gap analysis of the RAC sector, Namibia and Mauritius now have the foundation to transition to a sustainable, green cooling equipment base. An integration of the findings in their respective nationally determined contributions (NDSs) are currently being discussed.
Regional participants of the Green Cooling Africa Week, June 13 to 16, 2017, from 17 African countries ©GIZ


Project News

Two "Cool Trainings" completed!

Nine international RAC technicians and fifteen international RAC policy makers have successfully completed their "Cool Training"! They are now competent in the safe handling and policy frameworks of natural refrigerants. By implementing and spreading their newly acquired skills in their home countries, they are promoting the use of green cooling technologies.

The "Cool Training" consists of a combination of theoretical and practical work, and involves excursions to innovative RAC enterprises in Germany. The training courses help participants to gain a competitive edge over their peers by staying up-to-date on and working in accordance with current regulations and standards, while at the same time leap-frogging unsustainable technologies and climate damaging refrigerants.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ Proklima in cooperation with the Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik (BFS) Vocational Training Centre organizes these "Cool Trainings" in Maintal, Germany.

For more information please contact Nicole Mueller.
"My daily work will be signficantly improved through the hands-on training regarding the soldering and brazing of alloys with special fluxes on oil and water basis. Furthermore, the leak detection training for the flammable refrigerant R290 left me with great confidence." Otonye Krizette Adda, Cool Training Participant 2017 ©GIZ

Successful launch of first South African thermal test chamber

On May 23rd, the first African test chamber for refrigerated vehicles was officially inaugurated in Pretoria. The test chamber enables manufacturers to test their cooling units and increase their efficiency, hereby mitigating the high levels of emissions from the transport refrigeration sector.

South Africa's economy depends largely on agriculture and trade, two sectors in which transport plays a vital role. The transport and distribution of perishable foods requires an efficient cooling system, which requires large amounts of fuel and hereby creates CO2 emissions. With approximately 14,000 trucks and trailers used in this sector in South Africa, a large mitigation potential exists. Manufacturers can test and improve their thermal efficiency in the test chamber; the expected accumulated emissions savings potential amounts to 2 million tons CO2-equivalent by 2030.

The test chamber was installed under the project "Emission mitigation in transport refrigeration sector through the introduction of innovative logistics and supply structures in South Africa", funded by the BMUB. The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle produced a short video on the thermal test chamber.
Thermal test chamber launched successfully ©GIZ

The Green Cooling Initiative contributes to U4E policy guidebooks

The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative has identified energy-efficient appliances as a "high-impact opportunity". They have the potential to reduce countries' greenhouse gas emissions, generate economic benefits, enhance energy security and improve people's wellbeing. Amongst a five-part series of United for Efficiency (U4E) reports, the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) contributed to two guidelines on energy-efficient & climate-friendly refrigerators and air conditioners.

Air conditioning and residential refrigerators make up a significant portion of the household energy demand, especially in hot climates. A growing population, a rising middle class and global warming are predicted to prompt a steep increase in the demand for cooling appliances. Transitioning to climate-friendly and energy-efficient air conditioners and household refrigerators can attain significant energy savings.

The guidelines address policy makers, providing them with cross-cutting information and best-practice examples on how to promote energy-efficient and climate-friendly refrigerators and room air conditioners in their respective national markets for the establishment of a successful energy efficiency programme. The guideline on air conditioners and refrigerators can be found on the U4E webpage.

Sri Lankan Delegation in Frankfurt

On occasion of a successful partnership between the Jetwing Hotel Group and the GCI, a Sri Lankan delegation participated in the Proklima Expert Talk in Eschborn. Site visits to different companies using green cooling technologies illustrated the German market for environmentally friendly and energy-efficient RAC appliances, and the potential for replicability in Sri Lanka.

The Jetwing Hotel Group is an environmental pioneer in the Sri Lankan hotel market. Under the technology partnership with the GCI, funded by Jetwing and the BMUB, the GCI installed an absorption chiller using steam generated in a cinnamon wood-burning boiler at the hotel Jetwing Blue located in Negombo. The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle produced a short video on green technologies for the hotels.

The Network Corner

Frigo-Consulting joins the GCI-Network!

Offering independent services throughout the entire life cycle of refrigerating systems, from engineering to implementation, training and commissioning right through the end of warranty periods, Frigo-Consulting provides a comprehensive overview over the refrigeration market, hereby proposing the best, most cost effective and efficient cooling solutions.

Frigo-Consulting is Switzerland's leading refrigeration technology engineering company, and a global leader in CO2 technology. As a Best Practice Example, Frigo-Consulting installed an integral CO2 system in the retail giant "Kaufland" in Berlin, which cools, heats and ventilates using waste heat. The CO2 footprint was hereby reduced by 35-40%.

If you are interested in helping us promote green cooling worldwide, become a member now and benefit from the networking opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  • ATMOsphere Asia, Bangkok, September 6th 2017
  • Green Cooling Wee, Berlin, September 25-28th 2017
  • ATMOsphere Europe, Berlin, September 25-27th 2017
  • Cool Training, Maintal, Germany, October 9-20th, 2017.
  • If you are interested in participating, please contact the Cool Training Coordination