Solar Powered Refrigeration Reaches Island Municipality of Carles

March 24-26, 2024, Carles, Ilo-ilo – the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub installed and turned over five (5) solar chest freezers to the Municipality of Carles in Ilo-ilo which will be used to support its thrust to boost fisheries development.

The installation and turnover of the said units is part of the Demo Projects under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ATMOshpere. 

The units were supplied and installed by MagicAire Industries.

In Carles, fisheries plays an important role in community and family life. Scallops are abundant in the area, however, local fisherfolk lack resources to process and sell them as a product. As an island municipality with off-grid areas, Carles will be able to maximize economic opportunities from fisheries with the help of the solar powered chest freezers. 

“The introduction of the solar freezers signifies a beginning of economic growth for off-grid barangays like ours. With capabilities for processing scallops and fishes, ice production for preservation, and local distribution of frozen goods, these innovations create unprecedented business opportunities. The active involvement of the Fishermen Wives Association shows more than just support for their spouses and families; it symbolizes a collective effort toward improving our community’s standard of living.” Statement by Kap Rowena Grace Bensurto, Barangay Captain, Bgy. Lantangan, Gigantes Sur Island, Carles, Iloilo

The turnover ceremony was attended by Mr. Robbic Tuma-ob (Municipal Agriculture Officer), Mr. Julieto Manggasang (Municipal Planning and Development Officer), Kap. Rowena Grace Bensurto (Chairperson of Barangay Lantangan), Mr. Edgar Metro (fisherfolk cooperative president), Mr. Manny Azucena (CCI-Hub Coordinator) and Engr. Gilda Garibay (FCC Project Lead).

CCI-Hub, LMP Distributes Solar Chest Freezers Nationwide

March 11-15, 2024 – the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub deployed 15 units of solar chest freezers in Abra, Sorsogon and Cebu, together with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).

LMP, the umbrella organization of all the municipalities in the Philippines, is one of the Demo Project grantees under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ATMOshpere. Demo Projects are expected to generate business models for energy efficient and sustainable cold chain operations. 

“These chest freezers are run by solar energy so there’s no electricity cost. Each unit has a battery storage which proves to be very useful for areas with intermittent electricity supply, even in off-grid areas. Piloting this technology in the country is a product of a collaborative partnership between MagicAire and CCI-Hub. MagicAire is paving the way to showcase the many benefits of this green innovation in the Philippines”, said Sofia Co, CEO of MagicAire Industries, Inc. 

The Philippines has a total of 1,489 municipalities. LMP deployed the units in the municipalities of Barcelona, Sorsogon; La Paz, Abra; and, Daanbantayan, Cebu. These municipalities were chosen based on their profiles and needs. 

Barcelona, Sorsogon is a 5th class coastal municipality wherein fisheries is a major industry. With the solar chest freezers, fisherfolk in the municipality will be able to increase the shelf life of their catch through its Community Fish Landing Center.

La Paz, Abra is also a 5th class municipality in northern Luzon’s mountainous area wherein agriculture plays a central role in its local economy. However, their food security is threatened by increasing number of typhoons and drought. To preserve their produce, farmers will now be able to utilize the freezers at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center.

Daanbantayan, Cebu’s constituents will also benefit from the Demo Project through the availability of solar cooling solution  in their public market which will be used by market suppliers and vendors. 

“The municipalities of La Paz in Abra, Barcelona in Sorsogon, and Daanbantayan in Cebu have been strategically selected for their potential to drive positive change within their communities and regions. This initiative exemplifies our unwavering commitment to fostering sustainable solutions that empower local farmers, fishermen, and food producers who rely on effective cold chain infrastructure to preserve perishable goods”, said LMP Executive Director Andrea Loriaga. “As we have more than 832 coastal municipalities, we eagerly anticipate expanding the reach of this initiative to more municipalities across the nation”, she added.

Meet the PH Enterprises that will Pioneer Clean Cooling in Transport Refrigeration!

Meet the enterprises that will pioneer clean cooling in the Philippines!

The Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub turned over energy efficient, low-carbon and sustainable cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants to Icebox Logistics Services, Inc., InsightSCS Corporation and Ideamorphosis, Inc.  last March 6, 2024.

Watch the Demo Project grantees and their new clean cooling units this video:

PH Enterprises to Pilot Green Technologies from Cold Chain Innovation Hub

March 6, 2024, Taguig City – the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub turned over energy efficient, low-carbon and sustainable cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants to three (3) Demo Project grantees.

The Demo Projects under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project are expected to generate business models for energy efficient and sustainable cold chain operations. It is implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ATMOshpere, in collaboration with the Board of Investments – National Cold Chain Committee and the cold chain industry.

The units include NaturaLINE from Carrier-Transicold, a 20ft (6m)-long refrigerated marine reefer unit using CO2 (R744), and R290 cooling module for refrigerated trucks by PBX installed by local contractor Cold Front Technologies Asia using insulation panels from Filipino manufacturer Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech.

“These R290 natural refrigerant units are first in the Philippines, and it brings a couple of advantages: one, it’s runs on natural refrigerant; two, it’s fully electric… so it’s much more energy efficient, much more fuel efficient and able to maintain the life of the engine of the vehicle”, said Mr. Emilio Gonzalez La’O, President of Cold Front Technologies Asia.

The units were awarded to Icebox Logistics Services, Inc., InsightSCS Corporation and Ideamorphosis, Inc. These logistics enterprises provide a range of services including “last mile” deliveries catering to smallholder farmers. As early adopters of energy efficient, low carbon cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants, they are expected to serve as models for the industry to adopt greener and more sustainable approaches.

“Waste in an agriculture supply chain goes up to as high as 30 to 50%. So we believe that with cold chain, we will be able to greatly reduce this waste”, said Mr. Pierre Curay, CEO of InsightSCS

“With these green reefer containers, we are not only transporting perishable goods – we are transporting hope, innovation and progress for the Philippine Cold Chain industry and beyond”, said Mr. Gilbert Singson, General Manager of Icebox Logistics Services, Inc.

This batch of Demo Projects features sustainable transport solutions following the inauguration of the first-ever installation of Transcritical CO2 refrigeration system in Panay, R290 chiller and freezers in Laguna and solar powered chest freezers in several locations across the country.

“We are excited to see the Demo Projects up and running. These natural refrigerant technologies have been transforming the global cold chain landscape for the past couple of years and we are seeing more interest in the Philippines. The CCI-Hub will continue to connect the local industry and serve as a go-to place for those who want to learn more about these innovations”, said Mr. Jan Dusek, CCI-Hub Head of Global Partnerships and Co-founder of ATMOsphere.

The turnover ceremony at the CCI-Hub was attended by key government officials, project partners, industry leaders and end-users. 

“The Cold Chain Innovation Hub is a testament of our partnership with the industry. As the FCC project nears its completion, we hope that this initiative to promote alternative technologies using natural refrigerants will continue, in anticipation of the Kigali phasedown schedule”, said Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Services Director Al Orolfo as he delivered the message of Undersecretary Jonas Leones.   

“As we progress, we envision a future powered by green technologies, fostering economic growth and environmental stewardship. TESDA is enhancing its RAC courses to align with innovations from the CCI-Hub, empowering our workforce and technicians. We’re committed to keeping our country at the forefront of sustainable development by building capacity for a greener future”, said Deputy Director General Vidal Villanueva from TESDA as he delivered the speech of Secretary Suharto Mangundadatu.

“Our partnership under the FCC Project exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and shared commitment in achieving the country’s goals as articulated in the Philippine Development Plan, 2023 – 2028, and the Sustainable Development Goals. We are paving the way for a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable future by leveraging resources and expertise from diverse stakeholders”, said Ms. Celia Elumba from UNIDO as she delivered the speech of UNIDO Country Representative Teddy Monroy.

Rise Against Hunger Philippines to Rescue Food Using Clean Cooling Technology

Rise Against Hunger Philippines, Inc. (RAHP) is a non-profit organization promoting food security by supporting feeding in safety net programs, crisis relief and agriculture and income generating activities of vulnerable communities. 

According to the World Food Programme, one in ten households in the Philippines are food insecure, and 27% of children under 5 suffer from stunting or malnutrition. Stunting hinders children to reach their physical and cognitive potential, and it has been identified as a cause for poor performance in school. 

In parallel, food loss has been a major concern as the agriculture sector fails to distribute its produce efficiently. In areas considered as “food baskets”, spoilage from harvests of vegetables could go as high as 50% because of high transportation costs that the smallholder farmers could not afford. Rise Against Hunger Philippines address these problems by rescuing food and distributing it to families who need it the most.

In support of this cause, the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project subsidized Embraco R290 Chiller and Freezer Cold Storages for the organization. The equipment will support the RAHP food bank at the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal where rejected vegetables will be bartered for shelf-stable grocery items to help compensate farmers as well as provide them with alternative food sources. 

Learn more about this Demo Project as RAHP Executive Director Jomar Fleras gives a tour of the installation at The Good Farm in Laguna in the following video: