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Speakers from the event. From left to right: Xin He, UNDP (moderator); Juergen Goeller, Carrier; Felix Heydel, Öko-Recherche; Kristina Kaar, Öko-Recherche; Omar Abdelaziz, American University in Cairo, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Description

The Cool Up programme side event at the 44th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group to the Montreal Protocol will provide an overview of the role of smaller commercial refrigeration equipment related to emission reduction potential in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, present policy measures that have proven to be effective in the European Union and its Member States, and demonstrate the availability and successful use of hydrocarbon-based equipment.

Find a link to the presentation here.

Background

The potential for GHG emission reductions linked to smaller commercial refrigeration equipment is often overlooked when designing policy measures around national emission reduction. Alternatives to high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), commonly used refrigerants in such equipment, are widely available and allow for immediate and full replacement of HFCs.

Objectives

The Cool Up programme aims to upscale sustainable cooling in the MENA region. The side event will:

  • Provide an overview of the role of smaller commercial refrigeration equipment related to emission reduction potential
  • Illustrate policy instruments that have been proven effective in the EU and its Member States
  • Provide insights into recommendations for the small food retail sector in the EU
  • Demonstrate that equipment using natural refrigerants is widely available and has proven to be efficient, specifically in warmer climates