The partnership in the development of a cold chain integrated solution among the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Board of Investments (BOI) and InsightSCS was formalized through a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on February 28, 2022.
The parties collaborate with the National Cold Chain Committee, which is headed by the Board of Investments (BOI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CCAP) on the development of DeliverE 2.0. This digital platform features a dashboard from which insights into the cold chain supply and demand, cold chain processes, and energy and refrigerant use could be generated for crafting policy instruments such as investment promotions and energy and refrigerant monitoring and regulation.
Cold chains are rural-to-urban links that serve an integral role in sustainable economic development. However, these are also a substantial and growing contributor to climate change because of their high energy consumption and use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), which are considered as “super greenhouse gases” (GHGs) that are up to 4,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
In line with the Philippines’ commitment to curb GHG and HFC use through the Paris Agreement and Kigali Amendment, industry stakeholders agree to work with the National Cold Chain Committee in its efforts to guide the industry toward the “new better normal” as the country rebuilds its economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The EMB will ensure that the cold chain development in the country will be ‘green’ and climate-friendly.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), through the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project, supports this initiative through a nationwide data collection of cold storage facilities that will populate DeliverE 2.0. This is part of UNIDO’s commitment to foster green and resilient industrial communities and inclusive, sustainable, and innovation-led industrialization. This innovation is expected to contribute to increased food safety and security and reduced direct and indirect GHG emissions through low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies and business practices in the cold chain industry. (FCC/ Mae Valdez)