Approach

Proklima’s projects are designed to promote the use of sustainable ozone- and climate-friendly technologies in the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning, foam blowing, and agriculture. These technologies are energy efficient and they are based on natural refrigerants and blowing agents such as hydrocarbons and CO2. As opposed to fluorinated gases, these natural substances do not deplete the ozone layer or harm the climate when they are released into the atmosphere.

Proklima supports developing countries in phasing out the use of ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol and in introducing climate-friendly alternatives. Technology transfer, policy advice and capacity development are the major components of Proklima projects. In oder to provide comprehensive assistance and to ensure sustainable impact of its projects, Proklima cooperates with diverse stakeholders. Partners involve public institutions and intergovernmental organisations but also private companies and industry associations as well as training institutes and non-governmental organisations.

Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Proklima cooperates with more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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Policy and regulation

In this area, Proklima`s work comprises international policy advice, especially within the Montreal Protocol framework, cooperating with governments, ministries and NOUs (National Ozone Units) towards conceptualization and implementation of national and sectoral phase-out plans for ODS and collaboration on national regulations and standards (in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning and foaming with natural refrigerants/foam blowing agents).

Comprehensive capacity development support for the use of innovative technologies is provided through a broad-based approach. In many cases, this approach is able to generate knock-on effects across national borders. It also helps enable partner countries to develop their own sector strategies for national mitigation actions, which can be implemented for instance under the climate protection regime within the framework of a National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) plan.

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Technology cooperation

  • Proklima initiates technology cooperations in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam sectors between stakeholders from industry, end-user and the public sector.
  • Proklima demonstrates innovative green cooling technologies worldwide to propve their feeasibilty and effectiveness worldwide.
  • Proklima assists companies in replacing ozone-depleting technologies with environmentally-friendly and economically viable alternative.
  • Proklima’s projects cover the entire life-cycle of applications in the refrigeration, air conditioning and foam sectors, and they combine climate protection with “green” economic growth. 

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Economic cooperation

In the industrial sector, Proklima assists companies in replacing ozone-depleting technologies with environmentally-friendly and economically attractive alternatives. Plants currently in use in developing countries are not only using climate-destructive F-gases, but are also energy-inefficient and leaking large amounts of refrigerants. Proklima ensures that promoted replacement technologies comply not only with the obligations under the Montreal Protocol, but also with other international environmental agreements, such as the Kyoto Protocol, combining climate protection with environmentally-friendly “green” economic growth.

In numerous pilot projects in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning or foam blowing, Proklima has proven the application of innovative technology with natural refrigerants and blowing agents, also in tropical climates covering the whole life-cycle of an application (production, usage, end-of-life/recycling).

Furthermore, Proklima supports vocational training institutions in partner countries providing the necessary know-how through training curricula, training of trainers, and necessary training equipment.

Contact

Bernhard Siegele
bernhard.siegele@giz.de
Phone: +49 6196 79-1968
Fax: +49 6196 7980-1968


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