Newsletter 12/2017, Iss. 04

The Green Cooling Initiative - promoting green cooling worldwide!



Welcome to the forth Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter 2017!

Dear readers

Welcome to the last Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) newsletter for this year! We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a good start into 2018. The past year has been very fruitful for the GCI; if you want to find out what we have been busy doing, take a look at our newsletter archive. As always, we are happy to include any suitable articles in our newsletter - if you have any relevant contributions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With this issue, we would like to highlight our side events at the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn and the 29th Meeting of the Parties (MOP29) in Montreal that discussed the high potential of sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) in achieving international climate goals. Please also have a look at our new awareness film on ozone-depleting substances (ODS) - first aired to a wider public at the MOP29.

Last but not least, as in every issue, we would like to extend a warm welcome to one of our GCI network members. This time we present the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA). Since its founding in 1974, UBA has been Germany’s central environmental authority and a point of contact for a number of international institutions. If you are interested in helping us promote green cooling worldwide, become a member!

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 event at COP23: How sustainable cooling can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

At the COP23 in Bonn in October, GIZ Proklima of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) successfully held a side event on the potential of sustainable cooling in supporting the International Climate Agenda. Over 40 participants attended the event, during which the significance of the Kigali Amendment for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement was discussed.

The Kigali Amendment is expected to avoid hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions equivalent to 72 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2050. This first ever legally binding agreement to phase-down powerful greenhouse gases (GHG) is a crucial step in efforts to limit global warming and achieve several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, participants examined how integrating the cooling sector into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) may support a sustainable future. The side event was proudly hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Panelists during the COP23 Side Event ©GIZ/Proklima

Side event at MOP29: Looking beyond the achievements of the Montreal Protocol

At this years´ MOP29 in Montreal in November, over 50 participants from policy, private sector and civil society followed the GIZ Proklima side event invitation and gathered to look beyond the achievements of the Montreal Protocol in the cooling sector. 

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol - one of the world’s most successful environmental agreements. Yet, while it successfully phased out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and was recently amended in Kigali to tackle fast growing greenhouse gas emissions from HFCs, recent global trends clearly show that we cannot afford to rest on these achievements.

The demand for cooling equipment is growing rapidly, especially in developing countries, and global warming has become a reality. Meeting the Paris Agreement’s to keep global warming below 2-degree in 2050 and the SDGs require a focused approach to sustainable cooling. During the event, mitigation strategies and innovative initiatives in the cooling sector were showcased, including renewable energy supplies, building designs, low-carbon lifestyles and the adoption of cooling technologies that go beyond replacing high-GWP - with low-GWP refrigerants. The presentations can be found here!
Participants of the GIZ Proklima Side Event during the MOP29 ©GIZ/Proklima

Side event at the MOP29: Managing ODS Banks is crucial

Over 60 participants from the policy, private and public sector joined the second GIZ Proklima side event during this years´MOP29 on the climate impact of ODS banks. The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) via its International Climate Initiative (IKI). 

Protecting the environment is a complex, where ozone depleting substances – or ODS – play a crucial role. If released to the atmosphere, those chemical substances deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. With its project "Management and Disposal of Existing Ozone-Depleting Substances in ODS Banks" GIZ Proklima aims at promoting the reduction of emissions from ODS banks in partner countries and raising awareness for the topic.

During the event, a new study – published within the project – was presented on the calculation of ODS banks. The paper presents the ODS banks results at national level based on available data from regular reporting to the Ozone Protection Secretariat. This approach is new and shows once again the urgent need to reduce these emissions. Current emissions from so-called ODS Banks correspond to 1.5 CO2eq per year or the annual emissions of 441 coal-fired power plants. The presentation of the side event can be found here!
 Participants of the GIZ Proklima Side Event during the MOP29 ©GIZ/Proklima

Project News

Workshop on the disposal of ODS at the World Resources Forum (WRF)

In October, GIZ Proklima participated at the World Resource Forum (WRF) in Geneva: The WRF serves as a platform fostering knowledge exchange on resources management amongst private, public and civil sector. Amongst 60 submissions, the recently published "Manual Dismantling of Refrigerators and Air Conditioners" within the project was selected to be presented during the scientific sessions of the WRF.

Following the scientific sessions, GIZ Proklima organized a workshop on ODS Banks Management including two case studies from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ghana and Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (MADS Colombia). MADS Colombia presented the successful implementation of ODS banks management, collection, recovery and destruction of substances and old equipment in Colombia (starting with domestic refrigerators) and to promote awareness raising campaigns for the civil society.

Ghana on the other hand, show cased the public and private sector negotiations and actions on ODS waste management particularly for foams from old fridges as well as the financing and regulatory framework. Finally, Ghana highlighted the countries progress achieved with regard to tax exemptions for the import of ozone friendly substances and products.

New short movie on climate impact of old devices with ODS

Old equipment containing ozone-depleting substances is a major challenge for many developing countries. An environmentally sound recycling or final destruction of ODS usually does not take place. Against this background, GIZ Proklima has produced a short film to raise awareness for this complex problem and to illustrate the alarming climate impact of old devices containing ODS.

The short movie, which was produced under the project “Management and destruction of existing ozone depleting substances in ODS banks”, is available on the GIZ Youtube Channel! The movie is in English, but subtitles in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi and Arabic can be selected.
New Awareness Movie on Climate Impact by ©GIZ/Proklima

Kickoff workshop: Promoting climate-friendly cooling technologies on the Seychelles

In early November, the GCI in cooperation with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change held a kickoff workshop in Victoria to initiate a RAC sector transformation towards green cooling technologies.

The workshop initiated a 3-year project under which the GCI will support the Seychelles in fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Agreement and other international climate conventions. This includes reducing emissions from the RAC sector by promoting natural refrigerants, maximizing energy efficiency as well as adopting a sustainable approach to private and commercial energy consumption.

Over 50 participants from the public and private sector attended the GCI event. Political, private as well as governmental stakeholders discussed the planned activities under the GCI, which include the inventory and data collection in the RAC sector, a technology and market gap analysis, subsequent policy and technology recommendations and RAC technician training schemes.

Green chillers start operations in University and polytechnic schools in Indonesia

On behalf of Germany's BMUB, the Green Chillers NAMA project provides technical advice on climate friendly and energy-efficient cooling systems and cold supply in Indonesian Industry and Commerce.

One of the project's objective is to assist in the planning, commission and monitoring of climate-friendly hydrocarbon chillers in various fields of application. In cooperation with the local chiller manufacturer Aicool (P.T. Graha Mandiri Teknik), the project has successfully placed a 200kW chiller at the University of Indonesia in the country's capital Jakarta to supply the University's auditorium with cool air.

Another two cooling systems were placed in the polytechnic schools in Bandung and Bali, mainly to train refrigeration apprentices on safe handling of hydrocarbon cooling systems. All systems are designed to perform energy-efficient with the natural hydrocarbon refrigerant MC-22 (Propane), locally produced by the national oil and gas cooperation P.T. Pertamina, the biggest stated-owned enterprise of Indonesia. Convinced of the technology, the oil and gas producer already ordered hydrocarbon chillers over 50 ducted splits for air conditioning of its Headquarter.
Opening of the hydrocarbon chiller at the national polytechnic school in Bali in July 2017 ©GIZ/Proklima

GCI-twitter reaching over 500 followers!

In July 2015, GCI has started disseminating news via its own twitter account. By the end von 2017, we have successfully surpassed the number of followers of 500! Follow us @GCIGreenCooling to receive three times a week updates on green cooling activities. In 2017, our impressions increased by 164% and our number of followers by 57%!

The Network Corner

The Umweltbundesamt (UBA) joined the GCI network!

UBA is Germany's main environmental protection agency and it concerns itself with a very broad range of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection and pesticide approvals. UBA's motto, "for our environment" sums up the agency's mission to ensure that Germany's citizens have a healthy environment with clean air and water.

UBA's work includes environmental data collection, analysis and predictions. Based on these findings, UBA provides federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. Moreover, UBA provides environmental information for the public. With around 1,500 employees spread across 13 locations, UBA's overarching mission is the early detection of environmental risks and threats, such that these can be mitigated. UBA conducts research in its own labs and outsources research to other scientific institutions in Germany or abroad.

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

Upcoming Events

  • UNEP Inter-Regional Thematic and Network Meetings for National Ozone Officers, Paris, France, 15-19 January 2018
  • Cool Training for National Ozone Unit: May 14-18th, 2018, Maintal, Germany. If you are interested in participating, please contact
  • Cool Training for technicians: June 25th-July 6th, 2018, Maintal, Germany. If you are interested in participating, please contact
  • Cool Training for technicians: October 15-26th, 2018, Maintal, Germany. If you are interested in participating, please contact
  • 40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol, July 9-13th, 2018, Vienna, Austria
  • 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, November 5-9th, Quito, Ecuador, (tentative)