Spotlight on Demo Projects and “Green” Skills Development at the 3rd Future of the Industry Conference

November 22, 2023, Taguig City – the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project conducted its third and final Future of the Industry Conference at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex.

The event featured sessions on the Demo Projects, financing and “green” skills development.

Updates on the Demo Projects were discussed by Mr. Jan Dusek, CCI-Hub’s Head of Global Partnership. The Demo Projects are co-financed by the FCC for cold chain industry players who decided to leapfrog into energy efficient, natural refrigerant technologies and innovations. With efficiency, safety, replicability, impact and readiness as main criteria, demo project grantees have been carefully selected by FCC’s Project Steering Committee composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), TESDA, UNIDO and shecco. 

Glacier Panay Refrigeration Services Corp., Igloo Supply Chain Philippines, Icebox Logistics Asia and Camp Backpackers Palawan presented the technical and operational details of their respective Demo Projects that are expected to generate a business case for energy efficient and climate-friendly cold chain technologies using natural refrigerants. 

Ms. Laurie B. Navarro from Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) discussed Financing for Sustainable Cold Chain Technologies. 

The afternoon session highlighted “green” skills development to support the industry’s shift to energy efficient, climate-friendly and sustainable technologies and practices. Maraida Licerio, Senior Adviser of GIZ discussed Skills and Safety Towards a Just Energy Transition. Mr. Marco Vasquez of Green Cooling Consulting discussed Training of the Trainers on CO2 while Mr. Augusto T. Quitco, President of the Refrigeration and Airconditioning Technicians Association of the Philippines (RACTAP) discussed ongoing initiatives on updating the Code of Practice for Refrigeration in line with recent revision of international and local standards increasing charge limits for natural refrigerants. CCI-Hub Coordinator Mr. Manuel Azucena also discussed Industrial Refrigeration Qualification Regulation and other efforts being made by TESDA to promote “green” skills for the cold chain industry. A Tech Expo Tour at the CCI-Hub was conducted to cap off the event.

The sessions provided a glimpse of CCI-Hub’s catalytic role in linking together the ecosystem for advancing sustainable cold chain development and provides a snapshot of how it will continue to evolve in the future, as the technology introduced through the FCC will mature and take off. 

“We look forward to see these demonstration projects sustained and scaled up for the industry. We also look forward to the time when the country can take a leadership position in green cold chain technologies by capitalizing the CCI-Hub for sharing knowledge with ASEAN counterparts, in the spirit of south-south cooperation”, said Mr. Teddy Monroy, UNIDO Country Representative.