Newsletter 07/2018, Iss. 02

The Green Cooling Initiative - promoting green cooling worldwide!


Welcome to the second Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter 2018!

Dear readers,

Welcome to the second edition of the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) Newsletter in 2018! A lot has happened during the last months and it´s time to give you an update on the latest news from individual projects and from our network members. You can also find our last newsletters in the archive.

Building on the promising experiences from the past, we held a successful webinar recently, namely on the assessment of costs, energy and climate impact of air-conditioning systems. For the first time we carried this webinar in English and Spanish.

During the 40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 40) in Vienna, Proklima of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) proudly hosted two side events on inventories in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector and on the leapfrogging success of Greenfreeze. Together with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) Proklima also co-hosted a side event on smarter safety Standards in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heat Pump.

Last but not least, we like to welcome our long-standing partner, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada, in our GCI-network. Grenada shows an exemplary commitment to the dissemination and promotion of natural refrigerants in the refrigeration sector and we are proud to cooperate closely with our colleagues.

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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Side events at OEWG: Lessons from the past and tackling the future

In the course of the OEWG 40, GIZ Proklima presented its work during three side events. More than 100 participants from science, civil society as well as policymakers and industry members informed themselves about RAC inventories, "Greenfreeze" and safety security standards. 

Effective January 1, 2019, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol marks the beginning of the phasing-out of climate-damaging refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Yet monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) caused by these substances through storage, consumption and destruction remains a far from standardized process and many countries lack the experience to ensure effective and correct GHG inventories.

In response to this challenge, GIZ Proklima presented effective approaches to emission tracking in the RAC sector and demonstrated a specially developed emissions reporting tool that facilitates the countries' reporting of their HFCs emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Selected partner countries also presented their personal experiences in the development and creation of GHG inventories.

During the second side event, GIZ Proklima celebrated and discussed the remarkable success story of 25 years “Greenfreeze”. This refrigerator illustrated the great impact of leapfrogging and the direct transition to natural refrigerants instead of using HFC technology as a temporary solution. Finally, together with EIA the GCI presented a new standard paper highlighting updated standards as a critical step to implementing the transition away from HCFCs and HFCs. In particular, issues concerning key safety standards applicable to Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump (ACR&HP) systems and how those standards can be applied were debated.

The GIZ Proklima side events were financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All presentations of the side events can be found on the website of the Ozone Secretariat.

At the OEWG 40, GIZ Proklima presented its work during three side events © GIZ Proklima

Successful webinar on split AC assessment study

Based on recently collected performance data of split-type air-condition (split ACs), the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) project held two webinars on costs, energy and climate impact assessment of split ACs in Asia and Latin America in June and July. All together over 150 participants from government, private sector and the civil society took part in the two webinars and discussed the findings of the market study.

Split ACs have become the largest contributor to global energy consumption and GHG emissions in the RAC sector worldwide. Distinct information and sound knowledge of the national and international split AC markets are required, in order to develop policy frameworks that effectively improve energy efficiency of split ACs and lead to a transition to refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP).

The webinar was based on the results of a recent assessment study on split ACs conducted by the C4 project, working with primary data from over 2.860 mini-splits across 68 local and international brands in nine partner countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. The C4 project is funded by the German BMU within the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Project News

Deep dive workshop in Manila: Saving money and the environment

At this year's Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF 18) in Manila in early June, the C4 project, together with the IEA and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), organized a deep dive workshop to promote efficient and clean cooling through technology and policy Innovation.

According to IEA projections, a large part of global electricity demand over the next 30 years will be attributable to air-condition. Facing this current development, the three parties presented current problems and possible solutions for the RAC sector’s important global GHG emission share through appropriate technology and policy approaches to representatives of the public and private sector.

Among others, results of a C4 performance study were presented, examining ‘green' split ACs in different GIZ Proklima partner countries over the last months. GIZ Proklima highlighted the environmental and economic potential of this technology in terms of energy efficiency, cost savings and climate protection. Further attention was called to the RAC NAMA Thailand project, a cooperation between the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and GIZ Proklima, to integrate energy efficiency potentials in the cooling sector with Thailand's climate targets. All presentations can be found here.

Workshop at the ACEF 18: Toru Kubu (Asian Development Bank), Dan Hamza-Goodacre (K-CEP), Melanie Slade (IEA), Philipp Munzinger (GIZ Proklima) and Ian Crosby (Sustainable Energy for All) © GIZ /Proklima

Two "Cool Trainings" successfully completed!

Almost 40 policymakers in the field of ozone and climate protection and RAC experts and trainers have successfully completed a Cool Training (in May respectively in June/July) on the safe use of natural refrigerants. For the first time, the training for National Ozone Units (NOUs) was conducted in Spanish.

The "Cool Training" consists of a combination of theoretical and practical work focusing on the use of natural refrigerants, and involves field trips to innovative RAC enterprises in Germany. The training helps participants to gain a competitive edge over their peers by staying up-to-date on and working in accordance with current regulations and standards. By implementing and spreading their newly acquired skills in their home countries, they are promoting the use of green cooling technologies.

On behalf of the German BMZ, GIZ Proklima in cooperation with the Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik (BFS) Vocational Training Centre organizes these "Cool Trainings" in Maintal, Germany.

Congratulations to all graduates of the NOU training © GIZ Proklima

We congratulate all participants of the technician training © GIZ Proklima

How to know what refrigerant is in your fridge? – Grenada’s new label makes green cooling easy to spot!

Grenada's National Ozone Unit (NOU) together with GIZ Proklima's project C4, with financial support from the German BMU under the IKI, promotes the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration systems and advance energy efficiency through a new green cooling label. Two local retailers already joined the initiative on the Caribbean island state of Grenada.

Consumers and local retailers alike are often not aware of which refrigerator is environmentally friendly. With a new label, it is now easy to identify which refrigerators are charged with natural refrigerant, such as hydrocarbons. Exhibiting negligible global warming potentials, these refrigerants are not only more environmental friendly, but have additional advantages such as higher energy efficiency, lower refrigerant charge, longer lifetime and quieter operation.

The initiative that started in May 2018 and was first piloted with the two companies Courts Grenada Limited (UNICOMER) and L. A. Purcell, has now also expanded to air conditioning technologies. Besides raising awareness and promoting appliances with negligible global warming potential, the NOU aims to involve more retailers and suppliers, with the aim of eventually making Grenada the first f-gas-free Caribbean island.

Now found on Grenada's refrigerators: the recently developed green cooling label for devices running on environmentally friendly refrigerants. © GIZ Proklima

Costa Rica's innovative RAC training truck trailer

It might be the first of its kinds worldwide: the new, unique RAC training truck trailer of the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA) will soon tour through Costa Rica. This 350 million Costa-Rica-Colónes (about EUR 531,000) investment aims to provide mobile and nationwide training for up to 250 technicians per year in the RAC sector.

The truck trailer, equipped with eight refrigeration workstations and a theoretical training room, serves as a fully equipped and mobile training centre. Due to its multi-functionality, the truck trailer has practical refrigeration training equipment and all required tools, allowing the INA to provide other training and professional development services, according to the demand of the labour market. Moreover, the trailer is equipped with a generator and fully air-conditioned

INA is thus responding to the need for good training and corresponding certification of RAC technicians in the country. According to a decision by the Costa Rican government, the INA is responsible for the nation-wide training of technicians who must meet the ozone and climate protection requirements set out in the Montreal Protocol.

GIZ Proklima already discussed with INA to utilise the trailer for trainings on natural refrigerants in the future, as part of the project C4.

New RAC training truck in Costa Rica allows for mobile training of technicians across the country. © GIZ Proklima

New Colombian ODS Banks Inventory

On the occasion of the International Environment Fair of Bogotá (FIMA) and the Regional Meeting of the NOU of Latin America and the Caribbean in Guatemala, GIZ Proklima presented the results of the Colombian Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Banks Inventory. Nearly 100 participants from the private and public sector as well as political representatives and instructors from training institutes took part in these events.

As part of the BMU-project "Management and destruction of substances that deplete the ozone layer existing in the ODS Banks" financed via IKI, GIZ Proklima has conducted an ODS Bank Inventory analyzing the consumption of ozone-depleting substances, HFCs and alternative substances. Furthermore, the projet inspected the generated emissions of the RAC sector in 2015 and formulated a business-as-usual scenario and two different mitigation scenarios of the expected emissions until 2030.

These results are of great importance for Colombia because, based on them, the actions to be considered within the national management strategies for the ODS Banks will be formulated. With the implementation of these actions, the country will achieve a significant mitigation of the negative impact of refrigerant substances on the ozone layer and climate change, thanks to the reduction of ODS and HFC emissions in the RAC sector.

New Colombian ODS Banks Inventory was presented at the FIMA and the UNEP network meeting © GIZ Proklima

R290 Cold Store for fresh Fish at Lake Vicoria, Kenya

In June 2018, the installation of a new cold store using the natural refrigerant R290 in Kenya was successfully completed. The cold store will create an unbroken cold chain from the fisheries over transportation boats to the consumer and is state of the art in this part of the country.  

The cold store at Lakeview Fisheries, Mfangano Island, Kisumu was installed by the GCI in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya and the company Lakeview Fisheries. The cold store will play an important role in reducing food losses and improve fish quality, and therefore ensure better food security and market access in the area. 

The climate friendly cold store is equipped with energy-efficient refrigeration appliances with the natural refrigerant R290 and insulated with cold room panels with low GWP foam blowers. Uninterrupted cold chains remain a challenge for Kenya and further assistance for more cold stores of this nature are needed. The Deutsche Welle video “A startup for fresh fish in Kenya” shows impressively the effects of the project and gives a good insight into the fishing and cold chain challenges in the African country.

The GCI is funded by the BMU via its IKI and implemented by GIZ Proklima.

Model drawing of the cold room which represents an excellent best-practice © GIZ Proklima

Constructing a R290 fish cold store at lake Victoria © GIZ Proklima

Godrej & Boyce invites Southeast Asian Manufacturers to its R290-split AC Production Site

In April, a delegation of manufacturers from Indonesia and Thailand visited the production site and training facilities from Godrej & Boyce in India to learn more about R290-split AC manufacturing, sales and servicing.  

During the study trip, organized by GIZ Proklima, the group gained insights on establishing an extensive servicing network of technicians to install and repair mini-splits at the training centre in Mumbai. In its production site near Pune, Godrej presented the production line and especially the safety measures for manufacturing R290 units. Further, technical features of their latest models - ranging as the most efficient split AC models in the Indian market – have been presented and discussed. 

Despite of having the best climate performance in its field of application, the global market uptake of R-290 split ACs is remaining at low scales due to concerns of the flammability properties of propane. Only proper treatment in the process of manufacturing, installing, operating and disposing appliances can ensure the safe handling of this climate-friendly and energy-efficient technology. 

As one of a few, and with support from GIZ Proklima, the Indian split AC manufacturer Godrej & Boyce converted its split AC production line from HCFC (R-22) to HC (R-290) in 2013. Since then, Godrej & Boyce has sold more than 500.000 energy-efficient R-290 split ACs in the Indian market.

Delegation of manufacturers from Indonesia and Thailand Godrej & Boyce in India © GIZ/ Proklima

The Network Corner

CO2 - The Core of Woolworths and CRS advancement for Africa

Last month GCI-network partner Commercial Refrigeration Services (CRS) installed a transcritical system that serves the entire heating and cooling needs of a Woolworths supermarket in the Johannesburg district of Midrand, South Africa. Founded in 1976 in Johannesburg, South Africa, CRS started out with a focus on customised refrigeration installations using the latest technology. With a commitment to continuous development and providing clients with future-proof solutions, they have become a leader in green cooling and heating.

Woolworths and CRS have over 40 years of relationship. Woolworths embarked on their “Good Business Journey” over 10 years ago in order to strategically position themselves at the forefront of sustainability and transformation in the global marketplace.

With CO2 having no GWP and no ozone depleting potential (ODP), as well as being non-toxic and non-flammable this has proven it to be a future proof solution. Currently Woolworths have close to 70 stores running on CO2. Going into the future, the majority of their new builds and revamps will be CO2 transcritical.

Find out more about Woolworths Journey through Alex Kuzma (Head of Engineering Services Department at Woolworths (Pty) Ltd) presentation from ATMONetwork in Africa or find more information regarding CO2 technology development here

Systems working with CO2 have no global warming potential and no ozone depleting potential and they are non-toxic and non-flammable © CRS

CRS installs transcritical systems that serve the entire heating and cooling needs of Woolworth’s supermarkets © CRS

NOU Grenada and GCI consolidate partnership

As an important and committed partner of the GCI for years, we are proud to highlight the NOU Grenada as our network member in this issue.

The NOU Grenada is part of the Energy Division in Grenada's Ministry of Finance and responsible for the political implementation of the commitments set out in the Montreal Protocol. These tasks include the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and the fulfilment of the obligations that will soon commence under the Kigali Amendment. The NOU Grenada has repeatedly received much international recognition for its continuous efforts.

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!

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