Green Cooling Initiative III

Rising temperatures, growing populations and increasing prosperity are increasing the global demand for cooling. At the same time, conventional cooling technologies lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and damage to the ozone layer. The project strengthens key actors in public and private sector institutions in the partner countries to make their refrigeration and air conditioning sector sustainable and to achieve their goals within the framework of multilateral agreements such as the Montreal Protocol. In concrete terms, the project supports the implementation of regionally adapted sustainable sector strategies and effectively introduces the issue of sustainable cooling into the national climate discourse. It also makes financing instruments for green cooling technologies more widely available and establishes a training system for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

Project data

Colombia, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand, Uganda, Viet Nam, Bangladesh
IKI funding
6,500,000.00 €
08/2021 till 06/2025
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests - Bangladesh
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Thailand
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment - Honduras
  • Ministry of Water and Environment - Uganda
  • National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) - Uganda
Implementing Partner
  • Kyambogo University Uganda

State of implementation/results

  • Side events at relevant conferences:
    • 45th Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG45) "Effective Emission Reduction through Energy Efficiency"
    • 35th Conference of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP35) "27 years of Montreal Protocol implementation in Kenya"
    • 28th World Climate Conference (COP28) "Avoiding 0.1 degrees Celsius with "Green Split Air Conditioners""
  • In October 2023, the third international Green Cooling Summit "Green Cooling Along the Cold Chain" took place with over 1000 registrants.
  • An online seminar on safety standards for refrigeration, air conditioning (RAC) and heat pumps took place.
  • Co-financing of the production of Proklima "Cool Training" training videos (
  • On-site training on the use of natural refrigerants:
    • In Kenya, a total of 233 RAC technicians and trainers have been trained since 2022. One training course for female RAC technicians was accompanied by Deutsche Welle. On "girl’s day", female RAC technicians encourage school leavers to train in the RAC sector. In a regional training programme, 19 National Ozone Officers (NOU) were trained in negotiation techniques. Employees of the Kenyan Energy Regulatory Authority (EPRA) were trained on minimum standards.
    • In Uganda, 106 RAC technicians and trainers have been trained since 2022.
    • In Colombia, 134 RAC technicians and trainers (48 from the national training centre (SENA)) and 30 officials have been trained since 2021.
    • In Latin America, three virtual workshops for technicians and engineers on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVACR) were held in 2023.
    • In Vietnam, 95 RAC technicians and trainers have been trained since 2023.
    • In Thailand, 11 officials from Thailand and Vietnam were trained in negotiation techniques in November 2023. In Thailand, the first training course on R290 was also held in February 2023 in cooperation with the energy supplier (EGAT).
  • In Kenya, procured tools and equipment were handed over to nine training institutes in March 2023.
  • The revision of the RAC technology curriculum at UGA Kyambogo University was supported.
  • In Colombia, consultancy services were provided to the supermarket sector. Initiatives to reduce climate-damaging F-gases in refrigeration and cooling appliances are to be formulated.
  • In Honduras, the ISO 5149 standard was incorporated into national legislation by the standardisation organisation (OHN).
  • In Thailand, seven R290 air conditioning systems were installed in the KMUTNB University; energy efficiency is being monitored and compared with previous air conditioning systems.
  • In Vietnam, the integration of the refrigeration and air conditioning sector was discussed in the NDC Update 2022.

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