Tuesday, 10 December 2013

UNIDO project to help green Gambia’s refrigeration and air-conditioning sector

VIENNA, 9 December 2013 -  The Gambia and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will implement a demonstration project to reduce greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances in the country's industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

The project is particularly innovative since, for the first time, it brings together the funding mechanisms of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) so that environmental benefits from the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances become eligible for a wider spectrum of financial support.

Approved by the GEF Secretariat with a grant of USD 495,000 and with co-financing from various partners totalling USD 2.4 million, the project aims to facilitate the adoption of new, climate-friendly and energy-saving technologies through policy measures, technology transfer and awareness-raising-related activities.

The Government of the Gambia, the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) and UNIDO will contribute to the co-financing of the project, which will be implemented together with two private sector partners: the Centro Studi Galileo, one of the most prestigious training centres in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning in Europe; and shecco, a marketing and communications company supporting the introduction of climate-friendly technologies.

Over the course of the next three years, the Government of the Gambia and UNIDO will rely on the expertise of the National Environment Agency of the Gambia, and will take into account the lessons learnt during the implementation of Montreal Protocol projects in the country, as well as experience and expertise of the project partners.

For more information, please contact:

Riccardo Savigliano
Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Montreal Protocol Branch
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Katinka Vigh
International Consultant, UNIDO Montreal Protocol Branch
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