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Meeting in Mauritius: Need for Green Cooling emphasized by 17 countries of the region

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Over 40 representatives from 17 countries of the African region met in Mauritius to discuss the need for Green Cooling and develop strategies to implement mitigation actions  in  their  countries’  cooling  sector.  The  workshop  concluded  with  a  site  visit  to  a  cascade system installed at the Université des Mascareignes. 

The Green Cooling  Africa  Initiative, funded by the UN  Climate  Technology  Centre  and  Network (CTCN)  and  carried  out  by  the  Deutsche  Gesellschaft  für  Internationale  Zusammenarbeit  (GIZ) GmbH,  aims  at  preparing  the  partner  countries  for  a  transformational  change  towards  sustainable and energy efficient cooling appliances. The Green Cooling Africa Week was organized by the Mauritian Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity,  and  Environment  and  Sustainable  Development  in  the  context  of  the  regional  Green Cooling  Africa  Initiative (GCAI). 

In a regional workshop, the results of the Green Cooling Africa Initiative, such as inventories for the cooling sector, technology gap analyses, as well as policy and technology roadmaps for the refrigeration  and  air-conditioning  (RAC)  sector,  were  presented  and  discussed.  Political  decision-makers  of  the  region  engaged  in  a  lively  exchange  of  experiences  about  the  project’s  results  and discussed the replication of the activities in their respective countries. 

Additionally, a two-day training provided the opportunity to learn about the steps from an inventory to  project  implementation  and  further  funding  opportunities.  One  exercise  consisted  of  including RAC   sector   mitigation   actions   in   the   countries’   nationally   determined contributions (NDCs). Participants acknowledged the high mitigation potential of the sector, according to Memory Kamoyo, Environmental Officer from Malawi, the results were quite “eye-opening”.

GCAI  and  the  potential  for  replication  of  the  tools,  methods  and  results  in  other  countries  of  the region  offers  an  excellent  and  unique  opportunity  for  participants  to  embark  on  a  climate-  and energy-friendly, as well as low mitigation pathway for their refrigeration and air conditioning sectors at low costs. 

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