FCC Collaborates with GIZ on CO2 for Cold Chain Training

November 20-24, 2023, Taguig City – a Trainer’s Training on the Operation, Servicing and Maintenance of CO2 System in Industrial Refrigeration was conducted at the Cold Chain Innovation Hub attended by trainers from 18 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regional training centers and five (5) industry partners. 

The five-day training started with a discussion on the updated Code of Practice (CoP) for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning which serves a guidance document for reducing the emissions of ozone depleting substances (ODS) through the reduction of leakage rate, proper maintenance and awareness to the environmental impact of ODS. 

Key messages were given by the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) and Regional Training Center – National Capital Region (RTC-NCR) in the afternoon. Ms. Maraida Licerio, Senior Adviser of GIZ, provided an overview of the training. 

GIZ, through the Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change (C4) II, partnered with UNIDO, through the FCC project, to support government efforts in building the capacity of the RAC sector on using ozone and climate friendly refrigerants. 

Mr. Marco Vasquez conducted the training which covered the topics such as basic principles of refrigeration systems, safety standards and norms, energy efficiency, brazing, sealing, use of pressing and compression-ring connections, electrical safety and leak test, among others.

The said collaboration is part of UNIDO and GIZ’s synergy in supporting the country’s efforts to deliver its commitment to the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment by phasing out ozone depleting substances and phasing down refrigerants with high global warming potential. It also contributes to efforts in developing “green” skills required for the “just transition” of the cold chain industry towards green, low carbon and sustainable development. 

The training is expected to be replicated and rolled out to all regional training centers in the country, and inform the development of future training regulations concerning the CO2 applications in the RAC sector.