World Cold Chain Symposium to be Hosted by UN and Industry Team on September 14

On September 14, 2021, the Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC) and the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction will host a virtual World Cold Chain Symposium, sponsored by Carrier Global Corporation. 

The session “Promoting Sustainable Cold Chain: From Data to Action” will cover worldwide policy and technological directions connected to sustainable cold chain solutions, as well as their contribution to a global environmental and sustainable development agenda and discussing a number of active industry-supported plans and initiatives focused at solving the cold chain initiative in terms of data and technology evaluation, technology selection, and industry standards. High-level expert representatives from government, industry, the international community, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be among the attendees. 

For food security, public health, environmental, and economic considerations, there is a rising understanding of the need for more focus and action on sustainable cold chains. The symposium is one of a number of important international events that will focus on the topic, including the upcoming United Nations Food System Summit in September, the next meetings of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October, and the 26th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in October-November. 

The symposium will highlight several UNEP efforts on this topic, including the joint GFCCC/UNEP OzonAction database and modeling program, the UNEP Cool Coalition’s work, and actions that support the Rome Declaration on the Montreal Protocol’s Contribution to Food Loss Reduction through Sustainable Cold Chain Development as well as initiatives to develop adequate finance channels for national capacity building and technology project commencement. 

The Cold Chain Database and Modeling initiative were just launched by the GFCCC and OzonAction. The goal of the effort is to help developing countries define their cold chain baselines so that they can support the expansion of a sustainable cold chain in their countries, decrease food loss and waste, and satisfy environmental goals. The announcement comes ahead of the United Nations Food Security Summit, and it is critical to the framework for enabling the worldwide expansion of a sustainable cold chain. 

UNEP OzonAction has been working to improve the capacity of governments and industry in developing countries to develop and implement the policies required to implement the Montreal Protocol, particularly the operational focal points for the Protocol, known as National Ozone Units (NOUs), and to make informed decisions about alternative technologies. Its overarching purpose is to help such countries meet and maintain their treaty compliance commitments. UNEP’s Law Division houses OzonAction. 

By expanding and improving access to energy-efficient low-global warming potential technology, the GFCCC aims to reduce food waste and related greenhouse gas emissions in the processing, transportation, storage, and retail display of cold food while also reducing food waste and related greenhouse gas emissions. 

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