The Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-Chain (ACES) was established in 2020 by the Governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Rwanda, Centre for Sustainable Cooling, United Nations Environment Programme’s United for Efficiency initiative and the University of Rwanda. UK academic partners include University of Birmingham, London South Bank University, Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and Cranfield University.
The vision is to create a world-leading Government, Academic, Industry, Community and NGO collaboration that accelerates sustainable solutions to market that simultaneously address urgent and interconnected global development challenges – food preservation, access to cold-chain for food and vaccine/pharma and process cooling. The Centre will serve as the hub for a future network of Living Labs across Africa that demonstrate and implement proven solutions and business models, delivering economic security for marginal farmers while accelerating the transition to low carbon sustainable cooling. The first of these is in development in Kenya.
A key goal is to deliver industry the right environment, sales channels, customer financing models and support for the development, demonstration and marketing, and installation and maintenance of new technologies. Alongside demonstrating and proving refrigeration and cold-chain technology in-market, ACES will help build after-sales capability, develop the techno-economic business models and financing mechanisms (including climate finance), shape policy and develop capacity through research, teaching and training programmes.ACES’ headquarters is scheduled to open in 2022, hosted by the University of Rwanda with its own Rubirizi campus (Kigali) and bespoke facilities – a Refrigeration and Cold-chain Demonstration Hall and Model Packhouse.
This recent successful webinar was designed to share information, development ideas and new technology approaches to the challenge of accelerating the uptake of sustainable cold-chain solutions to economically empower farmers, increase export revenues, enhance job creation in rural areas, reduce climate and environment impacts and to foster low-carbon development.
To find out more, simply click on the various buttons below to
access webinar video, event programme, webinar slides and
Please get in touch by emailing: [email protected]