September 13, 2022
The Cold Chain Inovation Hub (CCIH), a one-stop shop for technology transfer,capacity building, research, and education, has been launched at the TESDA Complex in Taguig City, showcasing best low-carbon technology and energy-efficient technologies.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (DENR-FASPS) Director Al O. Orolfo hailed the occasion as “momentous” as it helps enable Philippines to meet ozone depleting substance (ODS) phaseout commitments.
The CCIH, the physical platform of the DENR’s Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project, will serve as a venue for global partnership among the public and private sectors and technology providers.
CCIH will play a key role in TESDA’s (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) upskilling of the labor force in green industries and green jobs of the commercial and industrial refrigeration sector.
The building features a workshop and exhibit area, training room and a cold storage room for technology display. This initiative is made possible through the FCC project that is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), TESDA, and the DENR.
The event showed various technologies from the industry such as the Hydrocarbon Freezer and Chiller Display Cases for Commercial Food Retail (Epta), the R600a Solar Driven Refrigerator (Vestfrost Solutions), and the Selection of Tools and Machines (Magic-Aire Industries, Inc.).
These would form part of the initial batch of equipment to be showcased in the hub to demonstrate energy efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration with low to zero global warming potential.
Several batches of equipment and refrigeration systems are expected to arrive in the CCI Hub until September 2022, all of which exemplify “next generation” cold chain solutions.
The launch also presented networking and collaboration opportunities through exhibits by Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technicians for Development of the Philippines (RACTAP), Women in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (WOVRAC), Magic Aire Industries, DELSA, Danfoss Philippines, Mayekawa Philippines Corporation, GEA Philippines, Epta Refrigeration Philippines, Cold Front Technologies Asia, Unimagma Philippine, Koppel, and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
FASPS’s Orolfo noted that while cold chains are vital for the economy, it must be developed in a sustainable and climate-friendly way and aligned with the country’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña highlighted the role of the hub in providing livelihood for Filipinos by training and upgrading their skills in priority sectors that include commercial and industrial refrigeration.
UNIDO Country Representative Teddy G. Monroy underscored the role of innovation in the cold chain sector to address the challenges in food and energy security due to global events such as the war in Ukraine, the Covid 19 pandemic, and climate change.
The Philippines has a commitment under the Montreal Protocol to phase out the production of ozone depleting substances which includes chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) which has been banned since 1990s. Also restricted refrigerant are hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) that contain chlorine, like CFCs, which are destroying the ozone layer.
The FCC is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with a co-financing from the Philippine government. (FCC Project/ Mae Valdez)
Photo: TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapena (Left) and DENR-FASPS Director Al O. Orolfo (Right) hold the ribbon to mark the launch of the CCI Hub