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.