Philippine Board of Investments highlights CCI-Hub at Supra-regional Roadshow

Sustainable and climate-friendly cold chain technologies showcased at the CCI-Hub were highlighted during the Board of Investments’ “Supra-regional Cold Chain Industry Roadshow” held in key cities from October to November. 

CCI-Hub Coordinator Mr. Manny Azucena presented the best-in-class cold chain technologies for commercial, industrial and transport refrigeration at the CCI-Hub. These technologies use natural refrigerants such as CO2 (R 744), propane (R 290) and isobutane (R 600a). Natural refrigerants have no ozone-depleting substances and very low Global Warming Potential (GWP). In light of the global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), natural refrigerants are the “refrigerants of the future”. 

The Supra-regional Roadshow – held in Cebu, Davao and Clark – aimed to increase local cold chain storage and warehousing capacity by providing relevant information on trends, latest policy developments and opportunities for prospective investors. The series of events were participated by key government officials, cold storage owners/representatives, transport refrigeration/logistics companies, technicians and decision makers.

“We had a very positive response from the industry leaders and cold storage warehouse owners and who were present during the event. They are very interested about energy efficient and sustainable technologies, and some have even signified their direction to use natural refrigerants in their business expansion. We appreciate BOI’s leadership in steering the industry towards these new innovations, proof that the country is headed in the right direction for the years ahead, as we expand our cold chain capacity”, Mr. Azucena said.

CCI-Hub featured at the PhilCONSTRUCT Manila 2022

Cold chain refrigeration technologies using natural refrigerants were among the units showcased at the Magic Aire exhibit booth during the PHILCONSTRUCT Manila trade show held from November 3 to 6, 2022. 

CCI Hub Coordinator Mr. Manuel Azucena had drawn interested stakeholders to the exhibit booth as he presented capacity building initiatives under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines project highlighting innovative commercial, industrial and transport refrigerating systems housed in the Hub at the TESDA Complex. Magic Aire is one of the industry contributors of the CCI-Hub which aims to build the capacity of the industry and increase the knowledge of Refrigeration and Airconditioning (RAC) trainers and technicians on energy efficient and sustainable cold chain technologies. A Barrel Chiller using the R290 Embraco Plug and Cool was also showcased at the booth to enable participants have a first-hand experience of natural refrigerant technology. 

“This event is a huge step for introducing natural refrigerants in the market. Natural refrigerants have zero ozone depleting substances and has very low global warming potential but public awareness is very low. By showcasing these technologies, we are educating the public which, hopefully, will translate to increase in market demand. There is a high interest on these technologies and Magic Aire, together with the other CCI-Hub contributors, are ready to address the market’s demand”, said Mr. Azucena.

The four-day trade show was conducted simultaneously at two locations – the SMX Convention Center Manila within the SM Mall of Asia Complex and the World Trade Center Manila. Aside from exhibits, it also featured several learning sessions and seminars.

Ammonia Safety Training Conducted at CCI-Hub

October 17-21, 2022 – Taguig City. The “Training of Trainers on Safe Operation and Maintenance of Ammonia-based Industrial Refrigeration System was conducted at the CCI-Hub in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex. 

The five-day face-to-face training was participated by 31 key industry stakeholders, TESDA and Technical-Vocational Institute (TVI) Trainers and technicians. It aims to equip the participants on how to properly manage industrial refrigeration systems using ammonia covering topics such as ammonia applications; ammonia refrigerant purging, recovery, and neutralization; and, safety protection for ammonia systems, among others. It also included a site visit at Mets Logistics in Cavite wherein participants were able to have a first-hand experience on how industrial refrigerating systems using ammonia operate safely and effectively.

Engr. Cesar Luis Lim of Kilojoule Consultants Int’l. Co. was the resource person for the training. Working in the ammonia industrial refrigeration field for over 40 years, his experience exposed him to courses and training programs abroad which he wants to be available locally. He expressed that the training brings his dream of setting up an Ammonia Training Center in the Philippines closer to reality. 

“The training [at CCI-Hub] would make sure that ammonia refrigeration is safe in all our Cold Chain facilities, which is about 95% of our cold storage capacity – ice plant, food processing, poultry dressing plant, abattoir, commissaries, and ammonia package chillers. With this training we are promoting the safe use of the most climate friendly refrigerant available – Zero ozone-depleting potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP) in the market for 120 years. Ammonia is the most energy efficient refrigerant available, thus our carbon foot print will be reduced by converting all Halocarbon (HFC) Refrigeration Systems…”, noted Engr. Lim. 

“Some industrial refrigeration players are hesitant to use ammonia due to its toxicity but with proper handling and management there is very low risk. Through this training, we want to let the industry realize that the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to using natural refrigerants”, said Engr. Gilda Garibay, Project Lead of the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project.

“The industry lacks technicians and skilled professionals that know how to handle ammonia. This is a big challenge since 95% of industrial refrigeration systems in the country use this and the demand for such labor will increase as our cold chain capacity is projected to grow in the coming years. FCC project aims to address the lack of available training for ammonia by linking together TESDA, field experts and technicians. This way we can generate more ‘green’ jobs for the industry”, said Mr. Manny Azucena, FCC Project Capacity Building Coordinator.

Cold Chain Technology Exhibition kicks off at CCI-hub

September 29, 2022, Taguig City – CCI-Hub kicked off its seven-day “Cold Chain Technology Exhibition” with an opening ceremony and tour of the facility. The exhibit, which features 11 technological innovation showcases from contributors around the globe, seeks to increase the industry’s awareness on sustainable and energy efficient technologies in the cold chain.

The event was attended by trainers, technicians, industry stakeholders, project partners and government officials including Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Danilo Cruz; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative Teddy Monroy; Board of Investment (BOI) Governor and Co-chair of National Cold Chain Committee Atty. Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego; National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Sarah Lynne Daway-Ducanes and Director Diane Gail Maharjan; Department of Energy – Energy Utilization Management Bureau (DOE-EUMB) Director Patrick Aquino, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Services (DENR-FASPS) Director Al Orolfo and shecco’s COO & Head of APAC Mr. Jan Dusek, among others.

In his message, Mr. Monroy highlighted that adequate cold chain infrastructure is critical to feed the country’s large population. “By converting to environmentally sound and energy efficient refrigeration technologies in the cold chain, the country will not only address climate change but companies will reduce costs through energy savings”, he added.

Director General Cruz emphasized that CCI-Hub is a landmark in TESDA’s efforts in facing the challenges and opportunities for the fourth industrial revolution. “We shift to more technologically advanced innovations to be able to address the demand for more sustainable and energy efficient processes in the food cold chain”, he noted, while affirming the agency’s commitment to align its strategy towards this goal.

After the ceremony, shecco’s Jan Dusek gave a tour of the facility and gave an overview of each equipment provided by contributors from all over the globe. “We have entered into the most exciting phase of the Cold Chain Project in Philippines. Within next 6-8 weeks, all contributed systems will be operation and available for training of the industry in Philippines”, commented Jan Dusek. 

The event also included a training on good practices in refrigeration and safe handling of flammable refrigerants. The training, participated by 25 refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) technicians, exemplifies how CCI-hub is geared towards developing knowledge and skills to advance the industry as it shifts to more sustainable and energy efficient technologies.

CCI Hub Joins Technical Forum Celebrating Ozone Day

CCI-Hub through the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project was among the initiatives presented during the “Technical Forum on the Promotion of Alternative Substances and Natural Refrigerants for Ozone Layer and Climate Protection” organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau’s (DENR-EMB) Philippine Ozone Desk on September 16, 2022 at Radisson Park Inn in Quezon City.

The event started with a welcome remark by EMB Director William P. Cuñado followed by presentations from Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Ozone Desk, Department of Energy – Energy Utilization Management Bureau (DOE-EUMB), Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others

Ms. Gilda Garibay and Ms. Bellrose B. Buraga from the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) also presented project updates on the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain Project in the Philippines and the HCFC Phase out Management Plan Stage 2 Project, respectively.

“The Montreal Protocol is the most successful international treaty in history; however, we should not be complacent. In light of global disruptions and the threat of climate change, we should consolidate the gains from the Montreal Protocol and take it to the next level by merging it with climate action. This synergy is what we need to maximize our outcomes. Through theFCC project, we will continue to promote zero ozone depleting substances (ODS), low Global Warming Potential refrigerants and energy efficiency in the food cold chain”, said Ms. Gilda Garibay, FCC Project Lead.

“While the Refrigeration and Airconditioning (RAC) sector is crucial for the attainment of the Kigali Amendment, RAC technicians can either make or break initiatives by the government to attain this through the management of refrigerants. With proper training and support, we can empower this sector and turn them into ‘green’ skilled workers”, said FCC Capacity Building Coordinator Mr. Manny Azucena.

The theme for this year’s Ozone Day Celebration is “Montreal Protocol@35: global cooperation protecting life on earth”.