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Green Cooling Africa Initiative (GCAI)

Green cooling
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and production

Climate action

Climate action

This Technology Transfer Advance's Namibia, Mauritius, Kenya and Ghana's 


Refrigeration and air conditioning appliances (RAC) are rapidly spreading across Africa. As the electricity in most African countries is still generated through burning of fossil fuels, increased demand for energy results in increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With the use of highly energy efficient refrigeration and air conditioning devices and the substitution of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants with low GWP refrigerants and foam blowing substances, both GHG emissions and energy use can be substantially reduced. Alternative technologies are internationally available but not common in Africa. The Green Cooling Africa Initiative aims at establishing a prototype best practice approach for Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, and Namibia. 

CTCN Response

  • Establish of robust GHG Inventory for selected, priority cooling sub-sectors
  • Analyse technological gap between existing technologies and internationally available green cooling technologies
  • Propose recommendations
  • Develop regional and country specific technology roadmap recommendations
  • Capacity building and NAMA institutional setup 
  • Seek funding and/or co-funding for implementation

Key technologies addressed

Expected Results

  • Potential GHG mitigation of 30% over current estimates through 2030
  • Reduced electricity consumption
  • Decreased use of fluorinated and chemical substances which produce persistent atmospheric wastes
  • Sustainable development benefits (income and employment generation, foreign exchange savings, increased energy security, etc.)