27 June 2021
GEA signs on to the UNEP Cool Coalition for sustainable cooling technology

Düsseldorf (Germany), June 28, 2021: GEA Refrigeration Technologies, the GEA business unit specializing in industrial refrigeration, has joined the Cool Coalition led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). By fostering dialog between governments, business, finance and civil society, the initiative aims to drive the use of efficient, climate-friendly cooling in urban environments, buildings and industrial processes worldwide.

Ecofriendly refrigeration will help industry on its net-zero path

As the planet heats up, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) it’s estimated that we will require 3.5 times more cooling by 2050 than today. At present, refrigeration and air conditioning systems already consume around 15 percent of global electricity production. In its new climate strategy, GEA recently announced it would give priority to driving sustainable innovation in technologies that remain energy-intensive, such as refrigeration technology. By joining the Cool Coalition, GEA is underlining its commitment to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions along its entire value chain to net zero by 2040.

“There is an urgent need for our industry and those it serves to become more energy-efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By joining the Cool Coalition, we aim to share our expertise and add impetus by facilitating the transition toward climate-friendly cooling and heating solutions. The Cool Coalition is a fantastic opportunity for us to take on even greater responsibility in tackling this challenge and we are proud to be able to do our part,” says Kai Becker, CEO of GEA Refrigeration Technologies.

GEA and Cool Coalition committed to heat decarbonization

GEA Refrigeration Technologies’ commitment to delivering sustainable cooling and heating systems in the form of innovative heat pumps for heat decarbonization and the use of natural refrigerants with low to zero global warming potential aligns perfectly with the Cool Coalition’s objectives: “Today more than ever we need sustainable cooling solutions to tackle the climate crisis and achieve the sustainable development goals. We ought to raise the net-zero ambition for cooling to new highs with commitments from industry leaders. We are delighted to see GEA Refrigeration Technologies joining the Cool Coalition efforts and looking forward to GEA’s contribution in finding ways to decarbonize the cooling sector comprehensively by 2050,” said Lily Riahi, Cool Coalition Coordinator at UNEP .

SEnS: Sustainable energy solutions for the processing industry

For decades, GEA has been paving the way to forward-looking refrigeration technology with numerous initiatives and technological developments. For instance, the GEA Sustainable Energy Solutions (SEnS) program has combined plant process technology and utilities solutions since 2018. Thanks to this interdisciplinary approach, customers from a wide range of industries benefit from energy-efficiency optimization strategies. Instead of going the usual route and treating heating and cooling as separate from the process technology for manufacturing consumer goods, for instance, the GEA cooling and process experts work hand in glove when it comes to planning requirements and designing production processes.

GEA Refrigeration Technologies Chief Service Officer (CSO) Ulrich Walk explains this approach: “At GEA, we look at the big picture. That means analyzing the customer’s exact energy requirements, before going on to optimize processes while taking utilities into account. By integrating heat pump technology with production processes, we create an energy loop so nothing is wasted. We are reducing the energy need, reusing the available energy and upcycling the waste heat.” With about 60 percent of their energy costs attributable to heating and subsequent cooling, food manufacturers, for one, can improve efficiency in these processes by up to 70 percent.


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About Cool Coalition

Led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the global Cool Coalition pursues a cross-sectoral approach to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement targets through a transition to sustainable cooling. The initiative takes its cue from the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol – an international agreement to progressively reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are partly responsible for severe environmental damage and ozone depletion.

About GEA Refrigeration Technologies

For decades, GEA has strived to improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability in cooling systems intended for applications in the food and beverage, dairy processing, oil and gas, marine as well as other industries. In addition to providing industrial cooling systems for utilities companies, the Group’s specialists also develop process cooling and gas compression solutions for the chemical and energy sectors.

About GEA

GEA is one of the world’s largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. The international industrial technology group specializes in machinery and plants as well as advanced process technology, components and comprehensive services. With more than 18,000 employees, the group generated revenue of more than EUR 4.6 billion in fiscal year 2020. A major focus is on continuously enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of customers’ production processes. GEA plants, processes and components help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, plastic use and food waste in production worldwide. In this way, GEA makes a decisive contribution toward a sustainable future, fully in line with its corporate philosophy of “engineering for a better world.”

GEA is listed in the German MDAX and the STOXX® Europe 600 Index, and is also among the companies comprising the DAX 50 ESG and MSCI Global Sustainability Indices.

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