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:

Turnover of Demo Projects for Transport Refrigeration set on March 6

Demo Projects for Transport Refrigeration under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project will be turned over on March 6, 2024 at the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub in Taguig City.

The last batch of the Demo Projects presents solutions for energy efficient and low-carbon transport refrigeration including R290 Refrigerated Trucks and natural refrigerant based marine shipping container.

The PBX R290 Refrigerated Trucks use a cooling module that is highly efficient with a low maintenance system. It has a low pressure, and is adapted to future electrification of transport fleet. The shipping container, Naturaline, is Carrier’s first natural refrigerant based solution as an environmentally sustainable alternative for refrigerated marine transport. 

Ideamorphosis Inc., InsightSCS Inc. and Icebox Logistics Services Inc. will receive the units subsidized under the FCC project. 

Demo Projects are expected to generate business models on the viability of natural refrigerant technologies for the cold chain, alongside its expected economic, social and environmental benefits.

PBX R290 Refrigerated Trucks and Naturaline units are showcased at the CCI-Hub. To learn more about the technologies, interested parties may book a visit by contacting Mr. Manny Azucena thru email mpajegus@yahoo.com

Philippine Experience Highlighted at the 10th ATMOsphere International Conference in Japan

February 6-8, Japan – representatives from the government and the industry participated in the 10th ATMOsphere International Conference to share their experiences, know more about cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants, and learn from the experiences of other countries in terms of its adoption and application.

Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines Project Lead Gilda Garibay, Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) Assistant Director Lana Rose Manaligod, Glacier Integrated Logistics Inc. Business Development Head Aaron John Medina and Camp Backpackers Palawan Owner Russel Terbio discussed the results and their experiences on implementing initiatives and projects promoting the use of natural refrigerants through the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub at the End User and Policy Panel – South East Asia (see the End User and Policy Panel – South East Asia presentations).  

National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) Executive Director David B. Bugallon, Cold Front Technologies Asia President Emilio Gonzalez La’O and MagicAire Industries President Sofia Co discussed market trends and industry development efforts in the State of the Industry – South East Asia panel (see the State of the Industry – South East Asia presentations)

The ATMOsphere International Conference Asia Pacific is one of the global ATMO Conferences held in different continents worldwide. It serves as a reputable forum to discuss the business case for Natural Refrigerants and network with key industry players and thought leaders.

Participants were able to learn about policies and standards, natural refrigerant technology solutions for the cold chain and what to expect in terms of international policies and standards that would affect the industry. They also met and networked with key industry leaders from the region.

The Philippine delegates also visited the Daiichi Storehouse & Refrigeration facility in Saitama City with a CO2 cold storage installation presenting a strong case for its use in an industrial refrigeration setting. 

The activity is expected to strengthen the capacities of government agencies on policy development for natural refrigerants, crafting technical regulations, curriculum and energy efficiency guidelines for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry, and increasing collaboration and synergy with the industry on market development, promotion and awareness raising efforts. This is part of the capacity building initiatives made possible through the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines Project.

Camp Backpackers Reaps Many Benefits of Sustainable Cooling

Camp Backpackers is a military-themed accommodation provider and restaurant located in a small village in San Vicente, Palawan. While famous for its beaches and tourism attractions, Palawan is faced with power outage problems due to lack of sources and inefficient distribution. This is reflected by the power situation in Port Barton wherein tourism’s potential to help the local economy is hindered by limited and intermittent electricity supply. 

Camp Backpackers is one among hundreds of thousands of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines that have the potential to unlock economic opportunities from using renewable energy and energy efficient technologies that could empower them to upgrade their operations and improve their services. Thus, the FCC Project provided an 80% subsidy for the installation of eight (8) solar-powered chest-type freezers to develop a business case for using low-carbon and energy efficient refrigeration using propane (R600a) for an MSME. 

Within two (2) months after installation, Camp Backpackers was able to generate 30% energy savings which translates to PhP 6,000/month or Php 72,000 a year. Aside from the electricity savings, the additional electricity from solar have opened up business opportunities for the enterprise to sell frozen products to other nearby tourism establishments, which provided another income stream the business. The installations also help build its image as a sustainable tourism service provider which prove to be attractive for customers.

In the following video, Engr. Russel Terbio, owner of Camp Backpackers, walks us through the solar chest-type freezers installations and how it was able to boost his business operations.

WATCH: Camp Backpackers Solar Chest-type Freezers in San Vicente, Palawan