Under the theme “Green Cooling along the Cold Chain,” the 2023 Green Cooling Summit will be held online October 10–11 to showcase global initiatives relying on natural refrigerants to support sustainability in the cold chain, particularly in the Global South.

The event will be fully virtual, taking place 2:30 pm–6 pm CEST on October 10 and 9 am–12:30 pm CEST on October 11. Free registration can be submitted at the bottom of this page. The event is designed for industry stakeholders, academics, government officials and others.

The Green Cooling Summit is organized by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and GIZ Proklima on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

These organizations also support the Green Cooling Initiative (GCI), a global initiative that focuses on the promotion of sustainable cooling globally. In particular, GCI is run by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), a German government service provider that supports sustainable development in more than 100 countries around the world. GCI is funded by the BMUV and is part of GIZ Proklima, an umbrella of projects funded by the German government, the EU, the French government and other donors who have been supporting green cooling worldwide since 1995.

The Green Cooling Summit 2023 is an opportunity to gain insights into the latest trends and developments in green cooling along the cold chain. With this event, the Green Cooling Initiative aims to:

  1. Enhance international awareness about the potential of green cooling along the cold chain.
  2. Inform about the latest policy and technology trends for sustainable cold chains.
  3. Create a platform for knowledge exchange, discussion, and networking.

The Green Cooling Initiative reports that 13% of global food is lost due to the lack of proper cold chains, equivalent to 500 million metric tons each year. From net-zero emission solutions for transport refrigeration to stationary refrigeration systems, attendees of the Green Cooling Summit will be able to explore cutting-edge technologies and best practices.

Green Cooling refers to the combination of natural refrigerants and energy efficiency. Natural refrigerants neither harm the ozone layer nor contribute substantially to global warming like fluorinated refrigerants do. In addition, they do not persist forever in the environment as some fluorinated greenhouse gases that are, or degrade into, PFAS. Natural refrigerants deployed within energy-efficient equipment are considered the best solutions to combat climate change in the RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump) sector and the cold chain.