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Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4)

As of: March 2020

Objective and activities

According to projections, the annual consumption of climate-damaging fluorinated gases (F-gases) for cooling and air-conditioning is forecast to quadruple by 2030. The project aims to advance a comprehensive international system for controlling the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, to pool and harmonise the work of the diverse initiatives and strengthen their cooperation. The strategic approach involves supporting six key partner countries in formulating their individual reduction contributions, introducing policies for transformation to lower emissions, and reducing barriers to the use of natural refrigerants and propellants. These efforts will serve to boost coordination of international initiatives. The activities focus on advising partner countries on policy and transformation processes, and reducing overlaps and parallel structures. Additional measures will help dismantle barriers to the introduction of F-gas alternatives as a prerequisite for developing and implementing INDCs.

State of implementation/results

  • Stakeholder and their requirements within the RAC & F sector in each country identified
  • Technical working groups with participation of key actors (National Ozone Unit, Climate, Energy Efficiency) established
  • Tools for inventory-taking and sectoral analysis developed
  • RAC sector analyses and GHG inventories are being prepared in all partner countries, and a refrigeration sector-specific NDC strategy is already being developed
  • In Iran, the GHG inventory for the refrigeration sector has been completed
  • Guidance for policymakers in RAC & F sector published and at the COP22 in Marrakech presented: “Advancing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) through climate-friendly refrigeration and air-conditioning: Guidance for policymakers” (also in Spanish available)
  • Participation of the partners in COOL training to strengthen the capacity for a comprehensive development of GHG mitigation strategies in the RAC & F sector
  • During the OEWG 39 in Bangkok, global workshop "Promoting Green Cooling and Sustainable Sector Transformation" with project partners for energy efficiency, f-gases and climate change in July 2017 conducted
  • A first kick-off and strategy workshop was held with the project partners Ministry of Innovation, Technology and Environment (CITMA) and the Center for Information Management and Energy Development (CUBAENERGIA) in Cuba on 06-07.03.2018
  • For five of the six partner countries, an analysis on costs, energy consumption and climate impacts of split air conditioning systems was prepared and discussed with experts and country representatives
  • The study "Non-state action towards climate friendly and energy efficientm refrigeration and air conditioning" was published and presented in a joint webinar with the North American Sustainable Refrigerant Council, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the Climate Collaborative
  • On August 6, 2018, the concept paper on "Coordinating Finance for sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning" which was developed jointly with BMU was published
  • In the Philippines, 10 climate-friendly and energy-efficient split air-conditioning systems (AC) were imported and used for demonstration purposes
  • in various facilities such as training centres and ministries
  • AC refrigeration technicians were trained in handling the systems by a refrigeration trainer
  • In Grenada, 30 climate-friendly and energy-efficient split air-conditioning systems (AC) were imported via the project and installed for demonstration purposes in various facilities, such as hotels or public buildings; the measurements showed that the systems are up to 70% more energy efficient than the old systems
  • The measure was documented by Deutsche Welle and published in a short film in September 2018

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Project data

Costa Rica, Grenada, Iran, Philippines, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines, Department of Environment - Islamic Republic of Iran, Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica," Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Trade, Energy and Cooperatives - Grenada", Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) - Viet Nam

BMU grant:
4.700.000,00 €

01/2016  till  06/2021


Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change - Advancing nationally determined contributions through climate-friendly cooling (PDF | 188 KB)


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