GIZ and Saijo Denki sign MoU on closer collaboration in the adoption of green cooling technologies

GIZ and Saijo Denki sign MoU on closer collaboration in the adoption of green cooling technologies

On 1 October 2019, GIZ and Saijo Denki signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement their collaboration in the transfer of knowledge and the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of natural refrigerant based technologies, which include air-to-water heat pump, chiller and monobloc air conditioner. The MoU formalises two years of ongoing cooperation and is part of Saijo Denki’s internationalisation and innovation strategy.

The MoU was signed under the scope of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project. It is a national initiative aimed at initiating a sector-wide transformation towards cooling technologies based on natural refrigerants.

GIZ assumed responsibility for the project in April 2017 when it was commissioned by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the United Kingdom. It is implemented jointly with the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Thai Ministry of Energy. Part of the activities include technical and financial support for companies manufacturing refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment to enable them to adopt climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies using natural refrigerants.

Prior to signing the MoU, Saijo Denki concluded a financial agreement with the RAC NAMA Fund, the financially facility of the RAC NAMA project under the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). The company is now in the process of establishing production capacities for the uptake of climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies.

Saijo Denki International Co., Ltd. (Saijo Denki) is among the leading Thai companies in the manufacture of air-conditioning equipment. The company develops, produces and markets air-conditioning equipment and provides aftermarket services for operation and maintenance in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region.

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Revolution is underway in the Thai cooling sector

Green revolution is underway in the Thai cooling sector

More and more companies switch their production lines to natural refrigerants. Producers, consumers and the environment are all benefitting.

In a country where the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, switching on an air-con, gulping down a cold drink or putting plenty of ice in drinks are just some of the ways Thais beat the heat. For decades, Thailand has been reliant on synthetic refrigerants (such as fluorinated refrigerants or F-gases) to create cool air for their homes or chill their beverages and food at the cost of climate and the environment. The country has only recently begun to discover a greener way of cooling and the enormous potential of natural refrigerants, namely hydrocarbons.

“The industry is shifting towards natural refrigerants and green cooling technologies. In other markets, for example in Europe, the market has completely switched to natural refrigerants. We foresee that this trend will follow in our geographical area too, and we would like to actively support and advance that migration, especially here in Thailand,” said Alex Panas, Group Commercial Director of Sanden Intercool.

Natural refrigerants are substances that exist naturally in the environment. Unlike their widely used synthetic counterparts, natural refrigerants do not harm the ozone layer, do not trap the sunlight – known as the greenhouse effect – and can be more energy-efficient. With zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and very low or zero global warming potential (GWP), they are considered the definitive solution to environmental damage.1

By 2022, Sanden Intercool Group aims to have its full range of products available with natural refrigerants. The company is targeting to supply at least 50%, or even 70%, of the units required by the Thai market with natural refrigerants in the next 2 years.

“The sooner the market in South East Asia switches, the better it will be for preserving the environment and keeping our business within a sustainable level for the long-term. At Sanden Group, we are inspired and committed to promoting green technologies in Thailand. In the end, this will benefit all of us – the end-users, society and the country itself. What the RAC NAMA Project is doing is an outstanding initiative,” said Mr. Panas.

(Photo: Sanden/Alex Panas)

Thanks to the contribution of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project, particularly through a revolving fund and a sub-grant scheme, the company has been able to acquire state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of hydrocarbon-based refrigerators and receives marketing and technical support to actively promote green refrigeration on the market.

For the past 3 years, the RAC NAMA Project has been promoting the use of natural refrigerants in domestic and commercial refrigerators, ACs and chillers. Tapping into both the demand and supply sides, the team has been supporting a number of Thai manufacturers in transitioning to natural refrigerants. The Sanden Intercool Group, Supreme CNB Corporation and Panasonic Appliances Cold Chain (Thailand) are now in the process of having their production lines converted. The green appliances such as refrigerators, coolers, and chillers are expected to come onto the market in the last quarter of this year.

The Thailand-based Sanden Intercool Group (www.sandengroup.com), a joint-venture of Yammarat Refrigeration and Sanden Corporation Japan,
is one of the world’s largest and most diverse manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment. (Photo: Sanden/Alex Panas)

About half of the electricity consumed in Thailand comes from refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This energy demand for cooling contributes to 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The figure represents significant mitigation potential for reduced energy demand and GHG emissions as well as improved efficiency through the uptake of climate-friendly refrigerants.

Commissioned by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the RAC NAMA project runs until March 2021.

1: Source: https://natref.carel.com/what-are-natural-refrigerants

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First Training on the Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Natural Refrigerants in Air Conditioners Launched in Thailand

First Training on the Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Natural Refrigerants in Air Conditioners Launched in Thailand

Bangkok, 19 August 2019 – King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), the Electricity Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH joined up to launch the “Grand Opening of First R Training: Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” at KMUTNB. The event marks the official start of a training of trainers series on the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration and air conditioners in Thailand with the aim of reducing both energy consumption and global warming.

The training programme is part of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project implemented by GIZ. The project’s mission is to promote natural refrigerants for energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies in Thailand. One critical component of the project is to build the capacity of the service sector for the safe use of natural refrigerants. The RAC NAMA project together with the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology (RAET), College of Industrial Technology, KMUTNB, are therefore holding training-of-trainers courses on the safe use and handling of flammable refrigerants to prepare trainers for the switch to greener cooling technologies. RAET will provide knowledge and techniques for the safe use and handling of natural refrigerants. The training centre receives funding from the RAC NAMA Fund implemented by EGAT. EGAT will support training equipment for the establishment of training facilities while GIZ will cooperate on the development of training in collaboration with overseas experts.

Ms. Margaret Tongue, Deputy Head of Mission, the British Embassy Bangkok said: “Through the founding of the innovative financing instrument known as the NAMA Facility, the UK and Germany have put in place an important initiative that provides both the policies and fiscal measures to support Thailand transformational change towards low-carbon development. With today’s launch of the training, we are underlining our commitment to tackling global warming through promoting the production and use of natural refrigerants or “Green Cooling” in refrigeration and air conditioning. This commitment reflects our intention to deliver “net-zero” emissions in the UK as well as at the international level, where we partner with countries like Thailand. With total financial support of 0.5 Million Euro (approximately 17 Million Baht), the training will pave the way to the development of a highly skilled labour force able to safely apply “Green Cooling” technologies, which focuses on reducing energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas emissions.”

Mr. Jan Lars Scheer, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said: “Germany is recognised in many countries for its excellent engineering skills, particularly in the automotive, mechanical and electrical industries. Over the years, Germany has provided a great deal of assistance to Thailand. For example, KMUTNB is a technical university established by a German vocational education project over 60 years ago and has been a leading institution in the field of technical education ever since.”

“While we continue to cooperate in the education sector by collaborating with academia and the private sector to improve the quality of vocational training in Thailand, we are today also putting a strong emphasis on combatting climate change. One element is the promotion of energy efficiency in the cooling sector, as well as the elimination of the use of harmful substances that are already being eliminated elsewhere in the world. We want to support Thailand to stay an industrial cooling hub in the whole ASEAN region and to serve as an example for energy efficiency and sustainability.” Mr. Jan Scheer added.

Prof. Dr. Suchart Siengchin, President of KMUTNB said: “KMUTNB is committed to developing human resources in science and technology through knowledge, morality and capacity to innovate so as to contribute to the country’s economic, social and environmental development. We recognise that emissions of greenhouse gas are becoming increasingly problematic and that resource-efficient production is necessary. For this reason, natural refrigerants or “Green Cooling” are being introduced as a key technology in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) sector. We already have the strength in terms of technical knowledge and practical training and welcome the training support we are receiving from the RAC NAMA project. Through this cooperation, we plan to train RAC trainers and chief technicians in Thailand to be able to work with flammable natural refrigerants in accordance with international safety standards and to disseminate the lessons learned to other RAC technicians throughout the region. We will therefore be able to supply qualified trainers for the air conditioner market and move towards an eco-friendly society.”

Assoc. Prof. Chatchan Thongjub, Project Leader and Head of RAET, KMUTNB said: “Using R290 Green Cooling for air conditioners is recommended throughout this training as it has less Global Warming Potential (GWP) which helps reduce Global Warming. It also can reduce up to 5-25% of energy consumption and has an excellent heat transfer property, leading to the development of high-quality air conditioners that are energy efficient and thus help save on electricity bills.”

“This first training course will see the participation of 16 RAC trainers from 16 provinces. In terms of theoretical knowledge, the participants will learn about various types of refrigerants, the refrigeration cycle and the brazing theory, including risks and precautions in operational safety. They will gain more experience through hands-on practice at every step of work, from installation, brazing, operation and leakage testing to labeling, reporting and delivery. Finally, the latest tools used in Europe and internationally as well as the application of tools available in Thailand will be shared among them.” Assoc. Prof. Chatchan added.

Mr. Tim Mahler, Country Director of GIZ Thailand and Malaysia said: “The training curriculum on safe use and handling of flammable natural refrigerants is developed by international experts with the support from GIZ and KMUTNB. In partnership with the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and the Department of Skill Development (DSD), 8 training centers in Thailand have been selected as training centres for the safe use and handling of flammable refrigerants, namely KMUTNB, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Yasothon Technical College, Krabi Technical College, Uttaradit Technical College, Lampang Regional Institute for Skill Development, Suphanburi Regional Institute for Skill Development and Rayong Regional Institute for Skill Development. In total, the project will have organised 13 training courses with more than 200 trainers trained all over Thailand by the end of 2020. We fully believe that the RAC NAMA project will help the trainers and head technicians in the RAC sector to see the benefits of Green Cooling and better understand how to use it safely.”

Let’s learn about “Green Cooling” here https://youtu.be/84SNK3mIIp4





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Increasing the scale of clean energy implementation

On 18-21 June 2019, representatives from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the RAC NAMA Project attended the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2019 “Partnering for Impact”, hosted and organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The group focused on discussions about energy efficiency and sustainable finance, exchanging with public and private stakeholders within and outside the conference.

ACEF, one of the leading clean energy events in Asia, is an established platform for knowledge and experience sharing as it is attended by a multitude of stakeholders in the clean energy and energy efficiency finance sector such as policymakers, practitioners, financial institutions, non-profits, donors and academia. Together, the participants discussed and identified key challenges of clean energy and energy efficiency. There were sessions on global and regional trends in financing clean energy and energy efficiency, the role of governments in enabling clean energy financing, heating and cooling for buildings in cities, among others. This year’s event placed a special focus on the challenge of effectively using knowledge to boost the scale and speed of clean energy implementation. The delegation from Thailand had an opportunity to network with different stakeholders and to attend a Deep Dive Workshop that was co-organised by GIZ, namely “The Future of Cooling – Promoting Sustainable Cooling through Technology and Policy Innovation”.

As one of the activities of the RAC NAMA Project is to study and improve innovative financial mechanisms for energy efficiency (EE) investments in Thailand, the trip presented an opportunity for DEDE to also meet and exchange with representatives of Philippine institutions. Therefore, DEDE discussed with officials from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on initiatives for energy efficiency lending and financial schemes currently run in the Philippines. There was also an opportunity to discuss with the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Division Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) on legislation for EE in the Philippines and regulations on green public procurement. The topic of procurement policies for government EE projects was covered at a discussion with the Philippine’s Government Procurement Policy Board – Technical Support Office.

As DEDE is the agency responsible for EE policies and ESCO registration in Thailand, the discussions and knowledge exchange brought new insights that could be helpful for further policy making of DEDE regarding these topics in the future.

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Climate Finance and RAC Applications Study Trip in Germany

On 18-25 May 2019, representatives from the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), attended a study trip in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany. The study trip promoted knowledge exchange between the delegates and the public and private sector in Germany with expertise and experience in climate finance and RAC applications.

In order to provide an insight to the delegates on innovative financial instruments in the cooling sector, an expert from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) shared experiences on mobilising financial instruments in the Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (RHVAC) sector for private and commercial consumers.

A visit at the Deutsche Bank and a meeting with its representative provided the delegates with an understanding about the role of the banking sector in green energy finance. Moreover, the delegates attended a meeting with a representative from the European Investment Bank, one of the largest providers of climate-related investment globally, where they learned about business models behind green investments.

The delegates met with GIZ Proklima to learn about its activities to promote energy-efficient and climate-friendly “Green Cooling” in partner countries. They visited Nordfrost GmbH to see best practices of green cooling applications in the RHVAC sector.

The study trip was also an excellent opportunity for an exchange platform with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on climate policies and targets in Thailand.

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Scaling up energy efficiency investments in Thailand

The RAC NAMA Project, together with The Creagy Company Limited, has conducted a study on effective and innovative financial instruments for upscaling investments on energy efficiency (EE) in Thailand. The study is a background research aiming to review EE financial mechanisms in Thailand and to identify opportunities for additional innovative financial scheme for the market introduction of EE technologies and investment promotion.

On 25 January 2019, the RAC NAMA Project together with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) held a stakeholder engagement workshop “Innovative Financial Mechanisms to scale up EE investment in Thailand” to convey results from preliminary researches of the study and to serve as an exchange platform among representatives from public and private agencies and EE finance experts.  They discussed about EE financial mechanisms and explored opportunities and challenges on how to improve current financial mechanisms and drive forward innovative financial mechanisms in Thailand.

One of the highlights of the workshop was the experience sharing session with Mr. Kamaradzaman Mohd Bakri from Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, an EE expert on energy policy who presented the credit guarantee mechanism to mitigate the risk of ESCO project and to improve access to finance for EE.

Documents from the workshop can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/tw6hco

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Ministry of Labour and GIZ Cooperate on Developing Skill Standards for Handling Natural Refrigerants in Thailand

Bangkok, 15 November 2018 – The Department of Skill Development (DSD) of the Ministry of Labour and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on skills development for technicians in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector with a  focus on natural refrigerants. The aim is to enhance their skills and capacities through training.

Mr. Suthi Sukosol, Director-General of the Department of Skill Development, Ministry of Labour, said: “Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew announced a new policy for DSD for 2019 to enhance the skills of the workforce and turn them into “Super Workers” by developing their expertise and abilities to prepare them for the 10 targeted industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). He reiterated the intention to employ a strategy that integrates the work of government agencies, the private sector and national and international educational institutions in human resources planning that is responsive to the labour market’s needs. DSD has partnered with GIZ to develop the skills of technicians in the use of natural refrigerants for ‘Green Jobs’.”

“GIZ will support DSD in transferring knowledge on the proper handling of natural refrigerants. It will also help with training equipment and materials and provide technical experts from Germany as instructors for DSD trainers who will then be a connecting point to the Thai workforce. It is expected that the training will start in the first quarter of 2019. We have set a target of 48 trained trainers across the country and we expect to disseminate the knowledge to 2,000 technicians and other stakeholders within 2 years.” Mr. Sukosol added.

Mr. Philipp Pischke, Director of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) Project, said: “The partnership with DSD is one of the activities under the RAC NAMA project to enhance the skills of RAC technicians in Thailand and equip them with the knowledge to keep up with new technologies in the RAC sector. We will develop skill standards and a curriculum for the safe use of natural refrigerants and support the organisation of training for trainers. The training comprises both theoretical and practical segments on the safe handling of natural refrigerants, proper installation and servicing tools for RAC appliances, symbols and warning signs, and the method for charging and reclaiming refrigerants. In addition, the RAC NAMA Fund, which has officially been established with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) as the national fund recipient and project fund manager, will be allocated for the procurement of facilities for selected training centers. We hope that this cooperation will bring excellence to the labour force while also serving to bring skill standards in Thailand into line with international ones.”


RAC NAMA Project

The Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project supports Thailand in reaching its energy savings and greenhouse gas mitigation targets by promoting natural refrigerants for energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies. The project strengthens the competitiveness of producers and commercial end-users in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector. It is funded by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Photos at the event can be downloaded here.

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MRV Tool Training for RAC NAMA Project

On 19 October 2018, the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) Project, which is implemented by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), held a training “MRV Tool Training for RAC NAMA Project” at VIE Hotel Bangkok.

Government officials from project implementing partners including the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Department of Industrial Works (DIW), attended the training.

Dr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), gave the opening speech stating that the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation is crucial for the sector-wide transition of Thailand.

Technical experts from HEAT GmbH led the training, starting off with an introduction to MRV of RAC NAMA Project which included an overview of the RAC sector, emission scenarios and the calculations used, MRV for project interventions and for RAC NAMA project interventions.

This session was followed by a demonstration of the usage of the MRV tool and an exercise for the participants for a better understanding of how the tool operates.

In the last session of questions and feedback, technical experts clarified input parameters and different baselines for different reporting needs. Participants discussed the baselines, compared results for the different cases, and gave feedback on advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the tool.

In order to address Thailand’s energy and climate change challenges, policy makers are the key stakeholders and part of their role is to establish a proper MRV system.

The RAC NAMA Project has developed a project-based MRV tool & system to monitor project implementation. The MRV Working Group acts as sharing platform and monitors emission scenarios and policy measures of the RAC sector within the national and international climate action framework.

For more information, please visit www.racnama.org

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Thailand RAC NAMA at ATMOsphere Asia 2018

On 4 September 2018, the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) Project along with partners from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and representatives from Sanden Intercool (Thailand) PCL and Supreme CNB Corporation Co.,Ltd participated in the ATMOsphere Asia 2018 conference in Singapore.

The 5th Annual ATMOsphere Asia 2018 featured discussions and interactive panels with experts from different sectors in Southeast Asia, comprising policy-makers, end-users and main producers working in the RAC sector. The programme included policy updates for Southeast Asia, market and policy trends, experience sharing from regional and international end-users and the latest case studies in the industrial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration and HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) sectors on natural refrigerant-based technology.

Mr. Philipp Munzinger, Project Manager from GIZ Proklima, gave a presentation on the introduction of hydrocarbon split air-conditioners in Asia and the challenges and opportunities, reiterating that governments should enable appropriate certification and registration of technicians, facilitate easier access to green technologies and take a role as informing front runners. He also gave a presentation in the policy session on training, standards and capacity building in Southeast Asia.

In the policy panel, a representative from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia and a representative from the Malaysian Department of Environment discussed the HCFC (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons) phase-out management plan and the implementation of the Kigali Amendment in their countries. “We don’t deny that natural refrigerants will be the future of the industry so we want to properly prepare the industry in correctly servicing and maintaining these systems,” stated Amy Charlene Wong of the Department of Environment of Malaysia.

Capacity-building for technicians and awareness raising were also seen as crucial areas that need to be addressed properly in order to successfully implement the use of natural refrigerants.

Case studies were used to demonstrate that many countries in Southeast Asia are increasingly adopting natural refrigerants in various sectors, reflecting a high potential for growth of natural refrigerants in this region. Delegates shared inputs and discussed sustainable natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning & refrigeration) solutions for Southeast Asia. This provided an opportunity to learn about the newest trends in natural refrigerant technologies as well as the challenges in this sector.

ATMOsphere Asia 2018 was organised by shecco, which specialises in integrated services and products to advance the use of five natural refrigerants – carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3), hydrocarbons (HC), water and air – among its partners. This year, more than 150 delegates attended. 68 organisations were represented by high-level executives and experts from different industries, policy makers, manufacturers, NGOs, academia and 35 end users from 20 companies. The next ATMOsphere Asia will be held in Bangkok on 25 September 2019.

For more information, please visit http://www.atmo.org/asia2018
Photo credit: https://medium.com/naturalrefrigerants/atmosphere-asia-2018-7758aa763647

Read the article in Thai: http://www.thai-german-cooperation.info/news/content/441?lang=th

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RAC NAMA Fund at Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018

Representative of the Project Fund Manager (PFM) team of the RAC NAMA Fund and Ms. Denise Andres, advisor with the GIZ programme Proklima, gave a brief explanation of how a NAMA could contribute to policy and technical innovations in Thailand and shared information about the RAC NAMA Fund implementations at Deep Dive Workshop, Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2018.

On 5 June 2018 in the “Session 3: Policy Measures to Improve Cooling Energy Efficiency” of the Deep Dive Workshop “Promoting Efficient, Clean Cooling through Technology and Policy Innovation”, a representative from the Project Fund Manager (PFM) team of the RAC NAMA fund from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was invited as a speaker. Together with Ms. Denise Andres, advisor with the GIZ programme Proklima, in the presentation titled “Combining energy efficiency and climate action – RAC NAMA Thailand”, they presented and updated about the implementations and functions of the RAC NAMA Fund. Ms. Andres introduced the NAMA project shortly and gave a brief explanation of how a NAMA could contribute to policy and technical innovations in Thailand, therefore, promoting a climate-friendly and energy-efficient RAC sector through the Thailand RAC NAMA. The EGAT representative then explained the financial component of the project under the RAC NAMA Fund. Other speakers in the session include representatives from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy CEPT University, India, and the Ozone Secretariat of UN Environment. The presentations were later followed by a discussion on effective policy measure innovations to enable improved buildings and cooling equipment.

The workshop, jointly organized by International Energy Agency (IEA), GIZ and Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), is one of the Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) at ACEF 2018 that focused on energy-efficient and clean cooling as well as the relevant social and economic benefits. The workshop, with an objective to provide a platform for international discussions on market developments and updates on efficiency and clean cooling, also aims to engage participants in priorities and next steps. It presents a great opportunity for EGAT, as the national fund recipient and project fund manager, to enhance networking opportunities and engage in discussions with attendees from governments, the private sector, academia and ADB representatives. EGAT representatives also participated in interactive sessions of the conference over the following days.

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2018: Harnessing Innovation to Power the Future, held from 4-8 June 2018 at the Headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, was attended by over 500 practitioners and implementers in the energy sector. This year, it is focused on how innovation can accelerate energy system development. As one of the leading clean energy events in the Asia and Pacific region, it acts as a platform for participants to identify, discuss and address key clean energy challenges in the region. The conference is jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA).

The RAC NAMA Fund, aiming to provide financial support to promote greener and energy efficient cooling technologies, has been established from Thailand RAC NAMA Project following the signing of the Grant Agreement in December 2017 with EGAT as the project fund manager on behalf of the Royal Thai Government. The fund consists of sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production, marketing, knowledge-sharing and skill development for green cooling technologies that use natural refrigerants in Thailand.

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