Hospital cooling audits shed light on energy consumption and GHG emissions from cooling
Healthcare Without Harm (HCWH) is undertaking hospital cooling audits in three hospitals in Argentina, to be followed by cooling efficiency demonstration investments. The project is also underway in China and the Philippines. The Argentina inception workshop was held in Buenos Aires in March, with representation from the hospitals, cooling auditors, Ministry of Health and HCWH’s Argentina team. Check out this video (in Spanish) to hear more about the project and the reflections from workshop attendees.
Bangladesh commits to scale up efficient, clean cooling refrigerators
With support from K-CEP and the Multilateral Fund, UNDP is working with the Government of Bangladesh to support Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd to make energy efficient, low-GWP refrigerators through equipment upgrades. It is expected that emissions of around 329,801 tonnes of CO2 equivalent GHG will be reduced and 42 million kwh electricity will be saved through implementation of the project. Read more about the work here.
China launched Belt and Road green cooling initiative.
On April 25th, at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and K-CEP grantee Energy Foundation China (EFC) jointly launched the Belt and Road Green Cooling Initiative, together with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The initiative calls for continuously improving the efficiency of cooling products, though policy dialogues and capacity building with global initiatives including K-CEP. Read the statement here.
China released a draft of the new MEPS for room air conditioners for public comment
Released in March 2019, the draft proposed standards demonstrate China’s ambition to transition away from inefficient fixed-speed ACs. If fully implemented as proposed, including with the step-up in stringency in 2022, the standard would enable China’s room AC energy efficiency minimum levels to catch up with current internationally advanced levels.
China National Clean Cooling Action Plan Under Review
As a direct result of the support and technical engagement of K-CEP funded China Cooling Efficiency Project, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has begun integrating efficient,clean cooling into its overall policy agenda. Earlier this year, NDRC started developing the “National Clean Cooling Action Plan,” to serve as a master national long-term plan for promoting efficient, clean cooling.
The Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia amplify companies’ push on cooling efficiency
The Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia, organized by Global Initiatives with K-CEP's support, developed a new "Best Cooling Efficiency" category to recognize the leadership and innovation of companies developing and adopting the most efficient cooling technologies. Award winner, Indonesian steel manufacturer Ispat Indo, has pledged to cut global warming through improving the efficiency of its cooling equipment. Nestlé Indonesia and United Tractors also received special recognition in the category. Read more about companies' action on cooling.