In 2021 Cool Up organised and executed its first round of thematic group meetings in Türkiye with relevant stakeholders in the policy, technology, market and finance space. The aim of the virtual meetings was to introduce stakeholders to the Cool Up programme, as well as garner insights on the barriers and opportunities around upscaling sustainable cooling in Türkiye.
Policy and regulation thematic group meeting
The Turkish policy thematic group meeting took place on 6 July with 46 participants. Participants expressed interest in Cool Up’s work and were eager to continue the discussion. Orhan Solak from the National Ozone Unit in the Turkish Ministry of the Environment, Urbanization gave opening and closing remarks. Key ministries in attendance included the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of National Education. Representatives included department heads, division chiefs, and technical experts.
Technology and market thematic group meeting
The Turkish technology and markets thematic group meeting took place on 24 September with 64 participants. There was high engagement and interest from participants to learn more about the Cool Up programme. The Head of the Turkish National Ozone Unit also participated in the meeting and gave a presentation, presenting the current policy framework and upcoming policy work with the industry. Key manufacturing and members from refrigeration and air conditioning sector associations in Türkiye were present including Heating, Cooling, Climate Research and Education Foundation (ISKAV), Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (TTMD), Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers Association (ISKID), and The Association of the Aegean Industrialists and Businessmen of Refrigeration (ESSiAD).
The next round of thematic group meetings is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2022 and will focus on obtaining input from public and private sector stakeholders on several Cool Up programme activities including an analysis of the regulatory landscape, policy recommendations, an assessment of the financial market, and a draft catalogue of sustainable cooling technologies.