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4th Future of the Industry Conference Underscores Business Cases, Incentives for Natural Refrigerant Technologies

May 15, 2024, Taguig City – the fourth CCI-Hub Future of the Industry Conference highlighted two important aspects for increasing investments on natural refrigerant technologies: business cases and incentives.

Held at the Tandang Sora Hall, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex, 

the event featured key messages from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Jonas Leones, National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) executive Director David Bugallon delivered by Ms. Jacqueline Jamillah Ali and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative Teddy Monroy. It also covered issues such as financing, incentives, business cases through the demo projects’ initial results, and global policy and market trends for natural refrigerant cold chain technologies.

Ms. Laurie B. Navarro from the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) started off the program by presenting Financing for Sustainable Cold Chain Technologies, followed by a session on incentives available for energy efficient and climate-friendly cold chain technologies presented by Ms. Marry Rose Maniebo-Vegas, Senior Investment Specialist and Sectoral Champion for the Cold Chain Industry from the Boards of Investments (BOI) and a video presentation by Director Patrick Aquino of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB).

In the afternoon, presentations on the Demo Projects were made by Ms. Gilda Garibay for the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Mr. Ian Jasper Evangelista of Glacier Panay Refrigeration Services Corp., Mayor Siegfredo A. Betita Municipality of Carles (Ilo-ilo) and Engr. Russel Terbio of Camp Backpackers Palawan.

Global policy and market trends that accelerate the demand for natural refrigerant technologies were also presented by Mr. Jan Dusek, Co-founder, Group COO & Head of APAC.

A Tech Expo Tour at the CCI-Hub was conducted to cap off the event.

“Today… we have the chance to reimagine the cold chain industry then shift its gears steering towards a future where sustainability and profitability will go hand-in-hand, which in due course, transforms it into a cornerstone of both food security and environmental resilience of our country”, said DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones in his key message.

[video] CO2 Blast Freezer Boasts Impressive Energy Savings

Igloo Supply Chain Philippines is a cold chain logistics provider based in Manila. In December 2023, the company is one of the Demo Project beneficiaries under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project.

The Demo Projects are expected to generate business cases for energy efficient and climate-friendly cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants.

A CO2 blast freezer was installed at Igloo’s frozen food processing facility, which is a first application of the said technology in the country.

In this video, Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partnership for the Cold Chain Innovation Hub Philippines (CCI-Hub), visits the facility to speak with the company as well as the installation contractor Cold Front Technologies Asia to learn more.

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: