The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is working on introducing zero or low global warming potential refrigerants in the fruits and vegetables processing sector in Chile.
The National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment (UdO) and the Climate Change Agency of Chile (ASCC) asked for the assistance, as this important sector of the Chilean economy needed the updated information and knowledge with regard to climate friendly alternatives for refrigeration purposes.
The project consists of three main components: the awareness raising and the capacity building for relevant stakeholders; Advice to decision makers in the Government and related ministries on the best regulations and policies for the promotion of the alternative refrigeration technologies; Direct assistance to companies, by designing the conversion and the optimization of refrigeration systems.
As part of this assistance, two events took place in Santiago de Chile this summer: one targeted the public institutions and relevant associations, the second event targeted trainers and technicians.
One of the national strategies to which this project contributes is the Third Clean Production Agreement (APL III) signed in 2016 between the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency of Chile (ASCC) and the Chilean Association of Food Companies (Chilealimentos).
By demonstrating the feasibility, profitability and environmental benefits of alternative technologies, along with the awareness activities and the capacity building, the project will contribute to promoting the use of refrigerants with minimal climate impact in the industry of food processing and other related industries in the country.
An estimated reduction of between 117,000 and 281,000 t CO2-eq per year, by 2030, is expected in Chile with the potential for replication of the climate friendly technologies and further up-scaling of the abatement efforts.
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