Newsletter 12/2018, Iss. 04

The Green Cooling Initiative - promoting green cooling worldwide!

Welcome to the fourth Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter 2018!



Dear Readers,

We look back on some eventful months for Proklima and are happy to share the latest green cooling news with you via this Newsletter!

First of all, we would like to draw your attention to the latest PR products, all accesible on our website. In addition, you will find reports on events such as the study tour from Latin America and the Caribbean, the expert day at Chillventa in Nuremberg and the side events at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) in Quito.

Finally, training courses were successfully held among others in India, Indonesia, Ghana and South Africa, addressing various target groups including technicians, trainers, as well as policy makers. 

Our diverse and worldwide engagement in promoting green cooling would not be possible without our reliable and long-standing partners. On behalf of Proklima we would like to thank you all for your collaboration and we are looking forward to continuing our partnerships successfully!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the year 2019!

Kind regards,

Nika Greger, GCI Project Manager

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Proklima PR-Products: 2018 marks a successful year of new releases

2018 has been yet another year in which Proklima successfully elaborated and published a series of PR-products (technical publications and illustrative material) to promote energy-efficient, ozone- and climate-friendly “green cooling”.

The publications were developed under Proklima’s projects financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) via its International Climate Initiative (IKI) or by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All products are accessible via the links below:

Project News

Study Tour in Germany – a kick-off for a promising cooperation in the region

In late October almost 30 stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the trip in Germany. The study tour aimed at raising awareness of the climate impact of currently applied HCFC/ HFC refrigeration practices in the region and discussing natural refrigerant cooling solutions to assist selected countries to fulfill their HFC mitigation obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

The tour was organized and funded by Proklima and the co-financed project of the BMZ and the European Union “A Sustainable and climate-friendly Phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (SPODS)”.

Partners from the private sector, governments and representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited various climate-friendly cooling solutions and a vocational training center for refrigeration technicians. Throughout the tour, the participants created a strong stakeholder network committed to push along green cooling technology by facilitating the market introduction and forcing an improvement of the capacity building of refrigeration technicians.
Participants from Latin America and the Caribbean on a study trip in Germany © Proklima

Participants from Latin America and the Caribbean on a study trip in Germany © Proklima

Successful side events at the 30th MOP in Ecuador

During the 30th MOP in Quito at the beginning of November, Proklima hosted two successful side events. Around 50 participants attended the event "Coordinating finance for sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning", funded by the BMU. Approximately 40 attendees informed themselves about the transition to natural refrigerants in the Latin American and Caribbean region and exchanged their experiences. The latter was financed by the BMZ.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the RAC sector poses a particular challenge to the implementation of effective financial strategies due to its cross-sectoral nature and thus complex structure of involved actors. The side event highlighed the importance of financial flows of various actors to be coordinated and integrated in order to exploit the full reduction potential in the sector.

The second side event was jointly organized by the EU Commission and the GIZ as part of the SPODS project. Under the heading "Latin America and the Caribbean go NatRef! A fitness check of different actors required to implement the Kigali Amendment", experts and practitioners discussed the chances, challenges and obstacles with which countries are confronted in the transformation to green cooling technologies. All presentations of the events are available here.

Experts discussing ways to unlock the European market for hydrocarbon (R290) split ACs

Mid October 2018, during the international cooling fair Chillventa, the BMU, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the IKI-project “Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change” jointly hosted an expert day bringing together split-AC-related policy and industry to discuss opportunities and challenges facing R290 split air conditioners (ACs) technology in Europe.

Around 40 experts listened to a series of speakers, centering on policy, technical- and capacity-related aspects. Public and private actors alike pointed out the increasing potential of R290 split AC technology as climate-friendly and energy-efficient solution for a fast-growing market, which is also subject to the phase down obligations of refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP) under the EU F-Gas regulation. Following the input presentations, the floor was open for a vivid debate. Furthermore, Midea presented its Blue angel certified R290 inverter model and confirmed its market introduction in Europe for May 2019. More information about this event can be found on the IKI homepage.
Davide Caravatti (Product & Technical Manager Italy, Midea Europe GmbH) in front of Midea’s inverter R290 split AC, certified by Blue Angel © Proklima

Davide Caravatti (Product & Technical Manager Italy, Midea Europe GmbH) in front of Midea’s inverter R290 split AC, certified by Blue Angel © Proklima

Proklima - StEP Webinar: E-Waste Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

End of October 2018, Proklima and the StEP Initiative jointly hosted a webinar to share experiences and learn from best practices in e-waste management focusing on the Latin American region.

In recent years, urbanization, economic growth and changing consumer habits have increased the demand for electrical and electronic products, as well as the amount of products that have to be disposed. To avoid negative impacts on human health and the environment, proper management of electrical and electronic waste is crucial. Against this background, around 75 attendees listened to speakers from the public and private sector, presenting the current status of e-Waste management in Latin America, as well as two case studies from Peru and Colombia. Following the presentations, the participants engaged in a vivid discussion on best practices for e-waste management.

Safe operation of hydrocarbon chillers demonstrated in Indonesia

In July 2018, the Institut für Kälte- Klima- und Energietechnik (IKET) GmbH from Germany visited Indonesia to successfully audit the first propane chillers and cold store in the country. The audits were conducted to ensure that the installation of the hydrocarbon systems comply with international safety standards.

Since the beginning of 2018, the first nationwide hydrocarbon chillers are in operation to demonstrate the climate-friendly and energy-efficient use of this locally manufactured technology. The systems were designed by the Indonesian manufacturer AICOOL and the refrigerant produced by the state-owned gas and oil corporation PERTAMINA. Currently the propane chillers provide cooling for two commercial buildings, two universities and one cold store serving research purposes. They were implemented within the framework of the Green Chillers NAMA project supported by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) in cooperation with the GIZ.
On-Site Training on Safety Certification © Green Chillers

On-Site Training on Safety Certification © Green Chillers

German technical school trains with R290 split AC

Since October 2018, the German technical school for refrigeration and air-conditioning, Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik (BFS), has extended its training facility equipment by a state-of-the-art R290 split AC unit. BFS received a highly efficient propane split AC inverter unit for training purposes from Midea Europe.

BFS principal, Dr. Ralf Catanescu, is happy that “students can practice with new products to study similarities and differences to conventional technologies in order to prepare them for upcoming new technology solutions in the market”. Students will gain hands-on training on the safe and energy-efficient operation of this split AC unit using propane as refrigerant. Lecturer, Christopher Bösel, states that “given the compliance with the appropriate safety standards, the installation of such a unit follows the same steps than for any other conventional split AC unit”.

BFS offers more than 50 years of experience in a wide range of training and study programmes for RAC technicians. Since 2014, on behalf of Proklima, BFS has trained 220 RAC trainers and technicians as well as National Ozone Unit (NOU) officers in the safe handling of flammable refrigerants.
Official hand-over of R290 split AC unit from Midea to BFS (from left to right: Mick Ma (Midea Europe), Christopher Bösel, Dr. Ralf Catanescu (BFS Maintal) and Bernhard Siegele (GIZ Proklima)) © Proklima

Official hand-over of R290 split AC unit from Midea to BFS (from left to right: Mick Ma (Midea Europe), Christopher Bösel, Dr. Ralf Catanescu (BFS Maintal) and Bernhard Siegele (GIZ Proklima)) © Proklima

Germany is supporting Ghana’s green AC transformation

The Government of Germany donated 380 green AC units to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana in August 2018. The handover was followed by a workshop for 15 technicians on the safe handling of the new green technology in October 2018. Both events were facilitated by the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), implemented by GIZ on behalf of the BMU.

The 380 green ACs run on the natural refrigerant R290 and are high energy efficient. They are not only more environmentally friendly, but also cheaper to operate for consumers. Acknowledging the various environmental and economic benefits of transitioning to green cooling technologies, EPA aims to promote its broader market uptake, targeting a market penetration of green ACs of 70% by 2030 in order to avoid greenhouse gas emissions of up to 7,86 Mt CO2eq.
R290 Handover in Ghana © GIZ Proklima / Asiedu Danquah

R290 Handover in Ghana © GIZ Proklima / Asiedu Danquah

Strengthening Africa’s Voice in Ozone Negotiations

Prior to the 30th MOP, in Quito, and the 40th Open-Ended Working Group to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG), carried out in Vienna, almost 40 NOUs from 19 African partner countries participated in two multilateral negotiation skills trainings organized by GCI. The hands-on workshops aimed at strengthening the participants’ essential negotiation skills as negotiators under the Montreal Protocol and were carried out in cooperation with Denkmodell & the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations.

The trainings were highly appreciated by the participants. According to Mr. Samuel Paré, Head of the National Ozone Unit of Burkina Faso, “the training highlighted important aspects of negotiations […]. As a negotiator within the Montreal Protocol, I am now more sensible to the interest of my counterpart, while understanding and making the difference between my position and my interest”. He concluded, “it was an honor to attend the Negotiation Skills Trainings conducted in 2018 by the Green Cooling Initiative of GIZ.”

Building local capacity for a green cooling transformation in Africa

Almost 20 RAC trainers from nine African countries participated in vocational education workshops at the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Academy (ACRA) in South Africa in November and December 2018. The trainings were organized by GCI to support local technical expertise on environmentally friendly cooling technology.

Skilled technicians are a key factor for the introduction and diffusion of environmentally friendly cooling technologies. 13 trainers participated in a four-week course on basic and intermediate air-conditioning and refrigeration technology, whereas five trainers attended a one-week refrigeration safety course with an emphasis on natural refrigerants.  All trainers passed the courses and emphasized how helpful the training was for them. The success and feedback for the training reassures GIZ’s efforts to facilitate a green cooling transformation in Africa through building local technical capacity.
Participants of the Refrigeration Safety course receive their certificates at ACRA © ACRA

Participants of the Refrigeration Safety course receive their certificates at ACRA © ACRA

Participants of the Basic & Intermediate Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology course visit the Frigoglass manufacturing facility © ACRA

Participants of the Basic & Intermediate Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology course visit the Frigoglass manufacturing facility © ACRA

Successful trainings carried out and handbook launched in India

More than 60 trainers from various parts and training centers across India, successfully completed a train-the-trainer workshop on “Good service practices and installation of Room Air-conditioners with HCFC – 22 and flammable refrigerants”.

They have been trained in three 5-Day workshops in August and September within the Hydrofluorocarbons Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) of the Servicing Sector. The intention is to train in total 17,000 local RAC-Technicians until 2023.

In parallel, the comprehensive handbooks for trainers and technicians have been updated. The publications were relaunched in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India (GoI)) and Dr. Mahesh Sharma (Minister of State for MoEF&CC, GoI) during the World Ozone Day Celebrations in New-Delhi on September 17th.The Servicing Sector Activities under the HPMP Stage II are implemented by the Ozone Cell of the MoEF&CC in cooperation with the GIZ and UN Environment (UNE).
Group photo of the train-the-trainer workshop in India © Proklima

Group photo of the train-the-trainer workshop in India © Proklima

The Network Corner

NOU Costa Rica and GCI strengthen cooperation

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

The NOU Costa Rica is part of the instance Environmental Quality Management (DIGECA) in Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINEA). DIGECA promotes improvement in environmental quality and pollution issues from a preventative perspective. In order to meet this objective, the NOU Costa Rica is in charge of the political implementation of the agreements under the Montreal Protocol and the commitments set out in the Kigali Amendment.

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!

Upcoming Events

  • Cool Training for NOUs, Maintal, Germany, 06 – 10 May 2019
  • Cool training for RAC experts and trainers, Maintal, Germany, 05 - 16 August 2019
  • OzonAction Global Inter-Regional and Parallel Networks Meeting for NOUs and Parallel Networks Twinning Workshop on Energy-Efficient and Climate-Friendly Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Paris, France, 18 - 22 February 2019

GCI Newsletter Team

Nicole Mueller (chief editor); Lena Bareiss, Katharina Arndt, Leon Becker, Silas Buese, Franziska Hartwig, Lea Helm, Christopher Jaeger, Philipp Munzinger, Marcel Nitschmann, Lara Teutsch (all editors)