Until recently, industrial cooling systems have somehow managed to fly under the climate change radar. When it comes to energy efficiency most people tend to think of energy in terms of heat, light or transport. However, in a somewhat peculiar irony, cooling systems are emerging as one of the leading contributors to global warming.
It is imperative for industry to pay more attention to the growing demand for cooling. Simple and often low-cost cooling system optimization solutions can dramatically slash industry energy bills and emissions as a result.
Aside from the multiple environmental benefits that come from cooling and refrigeration system optimization, current state-of-the-art technology and best practice knowhow can lead to energy savings of more than 15 per cent with none or minimal capital investments. The money saved goes directly to the organization’s bottom-line. In UNIDO’s experience some companies have achieved more than 30 per cent of energy savings through cooling system optimization. Such savings offer numerous, and often indirect, benefits including system reliability, a boost to staff morale, reductions in workplace safety hazards and an overall elimination of harmful pollutants.
Being a technology and vendor agnostic organization, UNIDO is able to deliver impartial technical training and guidance to companies and related government departments. As a global implementing agency of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, UNIDO is well positioned to simultaneously assist industries in low-middle income nations and emerging economies transition toward energy efficient and climate friendly refrigerant (HFC) alternatives.