Newsletter 12/2019, Iss. 03

Welcome to the last Green Cooling Initiative Newsletter in 2019!


Dear Readers,

Christmas is around the corner and the year is almost over. For this reason, we would like to thank our reliable and long-standing partners for a successful year 2019! Our diverse and worldwide engagement in promoting Green Cooling would not be possible without you. We are looking forward to continuing our partnerships successfully in 2020!  

With that being said, we would like to draw your attention to the content of this newsletter. First, we prepared a little Christmas Quiz for you. Test your knowledge on the ozone layer and the cooling sector! With a bit of luck you can win a limited Green Cooling Initiative cooling bag, filled with German Christmas Cookies. Second, we wrote a short summary of our two side events at this year's Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, as well as a short article on our French negotiation skills training the following week. Last but not least, we established a collection of our publications released in 2019 (including download links). What else could one wish for?

Season’s greetings and best wishes for the new year!

Kind regards
Nika Greger, GCI Project Manager

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Green Cooling Christmas Quiz

Test your knowledge!

The end of the year is fast approaching and we are already in the Christmas mood! That's why we're giving away an exclusive Green Cooling Initiative cooling bag filled with organic German Christmas specialties. Participate here in our Christmas Quiz.

MOP31 Recap

This year's Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP31) took place in Rome from 4 to 8 November. GIZ Proklima hosted two side events on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Meeting of the Parties was followed by a negotiation skills workshop in French, also organized by GIZ Proklima.

Side Event I: Effective and climate-friendly cold chains

Ever thought about how fresh food gets to your plate from its source in nature? It has to stay cool, or it will perish. In countries with warm climate this is a challenge. The same is true for most medicines – especially vaccines – they have to be kept cool, or they become ineffective.

Sustainable cold chains are placed at the intersection between the Montreal Protocol, the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. By introducing uninterrupted cold chains for foods and medicines alike, using natural refrigerants with a very low global warming potential, energy efficient appliances and easy to use equipment such as SolarChill refrigerators for off-grid regions, the climate, the health and wellbeing of people and the local economy can profit.
At this year’s MOP, GIZ Proklima addressed three different aspects of the issue during a side event: First, post-harvest-loss expert Mrs. Rosa Rolle (FAO) gave insights on cold chains in the foods industry. Her presentation was followed by Proklima programme manager Mr. Bernhard Siegele, who talked about cold chains in the health sector. After the importance of cold chains had been emphasized, Dr Georgia Badelt (GeoCode International) presented possible financing strategies. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion.
The presentations can be downloaded here.

Side Event II: CFC-11 and CFC-12 banks and emissions

One might think that discussions on CFCs are “an issue of the past”. But latest news about the unexpected increase of CFC-11 emissions show how relevant this topic still is. One of GIZ Proklimas side events addressed the current uncertainties regarding this topic.

Around 40 participants learned more about possible reasons for the increase of CFC-11 emissions, current CFC banks and potential countermeasures. Lambert Kuijpers, member of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and part of the CFC-11 Emissions Task Force provided an overview of CFC banks and emissions under the Montreal Protocol.  
The main focus of this event was on ODS banks management. The audience received insights into the new study on banks and emissions of CFC-11 and CFC-12 funded by BMU. Policy advisor Irene Papst (HEAT) illustrated country data from Germany, Austria and USA and possible consequences for global modelling. Youssef Hammami, coordinator of the National Ozone Unit in Tunisia, presented the ODS banks management of his country. GIZ Proklima would like to thank all speakers and attendees and BMU and BMZ for their support.
The presentations of this event are available here.

First negotiation skills training for French-speaking African countries

On the 11th and 12th November, the Green Cooling Initiative held a successful International Negotiation Skills Training right after the MOP 31 in Rome, Italy.

The hands-on training, carried out in cooperation with the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations (CEMUNE), aimed to improve the negotiation skills of representatives of National Ozone Offices in French-speaking African countries under the Montreal Protocol.
Following two successful negotiation skills trainings in English last year, the Green Cooling Initiative offered  a training in French. 15 participants from 13 countries got theoretical and practical inputs on key elements to consider to maximize the benefits of their participation to the negotiations held under the Montreal Protocol. Both individual negotiation skills building and overall group effectiveness were addressed.

New Publications 2019

Cold Chains

From nature to table: a food story (VIDEO)

Watch here
Sustainable Cold Chains: Protection for a healthy life (VIDEO)

Watch here
Environmentally friendly cold storage for fish – an example from Kenya

Off-grid, high-efficiency cold storage can help secure the livelihood of fishermen. This brochure sheds light on different facets of the topic.

Safe food and medicine with uninterrupted cold chains - Lessons from the field

Along the cold chain, a wide variety of cooling technologies are used by shipping, warehousing and handling companies. Improving the cold chain has the potential to provide significant benefits in developing countries.


Winner of the GIZ Innovation Fund: emmunize is a digital tool that allows transporting vaccines without interruption of the cold chain due to a monitored temperature display within the cooling box.

Download | Website

Technology Transition

R290 Split Air Conditioning Resource Guide

This resource guide, published by GIZ Proklima and the German Environment Agency, closes knowledge gaps and informs about the factors that are deemed crucial for a successful market transition to energy-efficient R290 split ACs.

Climate-friendly cooling for the hotel industry in Sri Lanka 

This brochure analyzes refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) equipment and processes at the Jetwing Hotel Group in Sri Lanka. It then shows strategies for Jetwing to mitigate its greenhouse gasses.

SolarChill - Cooling with the power of the sun

Solar Direct Drive refrigerators run purely on solar power. They are a prime solution for remote and under-resourced areas. The SolarChill is not only preserving food and medicines, it is also environmentally friendly and economical to run.


Inventory Reports

Greenhouse gas inventory of the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in Vietnam

The greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory provides a detailed profile of GHG emissions resulting from refrigeration and air conditioning in Vietnam and may serve as a basis for the further implementation of emission reduction measures in the sector as a contribution to Vietnam’s climate targets. Download
Greenhouse Gas Inventory of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector in the Philippines

The GHG inventory provides a detailed profile of emissions resulting from the RAC sector in the Philippines and may serve as a basis for the further implementation of emission reduction measures in the sector as a contribution to Philippines' climate and development goals. Download
(Spanish only)
Inventario de Gases de Efecto Invernadero de Refrigeración y Aire Acondicionado para Costa Rica

El inventario de gases de efecto invernadero (INGEI) proporciona un perfil detallado de las emisiones de GEI resultantes de la refrigeración y el aire acondicionado en Costa Rica (2012-2016).


ODS Banks Management

ODS bank inventory Islamic Republic of Iran

ODS bank inventory of Iran, focusing on refrigerants as non-diluted ODS, which can be recovered at a reasonable level of effort and costs.  

Iranian roadmap on ODS bank management

This publication introduces four key processes to establish good practices in ODS bank management in Iran.

(Spanish only)
Bancos de SAO e hidrofluorocarbonos (HFC) de la República Dominicana

Resultados del inventario nacional de la República Dominicana para el 2016. Los resultados del inventario son importantes para mostrar el impacto ambiental negativo de los Bancos de SAO y HFC.


Technical Guidelines

Guidelines for the safe use of flammable blowing agents in the production of extruded polystyrene boards (XPS)

A handbook for engineers, technicians, trainers and policy-makers - For climate-friendly cooling / insulation.

Guidelines for the safe use of flammable refrigerants in the production of room air conditioners

A handbook for engineers, technicians, trainers and policy-makers - For climate-friendly cooling / insulation.



Proklima - Naturally Cool!

Proklima is a globally active programme of GIZ. We promote environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies - Green Cooling - in developing and emerging countries. This brochure offers a general programme overview.


Become a Member

Would you also like to become a member of the Green Cooling Initiative and play an active role in the dissemination of sustainable refrigerant technologies? Apply here!

GCI Newsletter Team

Julia Schabel (chief editor), Janna Breitfeld & Amelie Dornoff (editors)