Note for Policymakers: Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment of Off- and Weak-Grid Refrigeration Technologies

This policy note summarises the key insights from the report ‘Lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment of off- and weak-grid refrigeration technologies’ in an accessible manner.

The work carried out a detailed cradle-to-grave lifecycle assessment of three off-grid cooling technologies: one refrigerator and two cold rooms. This allowed emission hotspots to be identified and appropriate mitigation actions to be recommended.

While the main report (click here to read) describes the methodology and insights in detail, this document provides an abridged version, tailored to assist policymakers in implementing a low carbon cold storage infrastructure. The key insights that can help minimise the carbon footprint of cold storage technologies are outlined in the policy note.