December 7

Cooling, Cold Chain Advances Energy Efficiency for Food, Vaccines in Africa

The Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) is about to enhance its reach. This will be achieved through a network of Specialised Outreach and Knowledge Establishments (SPOKEs) that deploy technologies and innovative business models in rural communities.

The first SPOKE will be built in Kenya, with another to follow in Rwanda – helping to kick-start the spread of energy-efficient, sustainable refrigeration for food and vaccine supply chains.

Hosted by the University of Rwanda at its Kigali campus, the cooling and cold chain centre’s work will scale up to develop a pan-continental network of these outreach centres. This is thanks to a further $3.3 million (£2.5 million) funding boost from the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Photo courtesy of C.C. ChapmanFollow.

Source: ESI Africa (link opens in a new window)

energy access, global development, renewable energy, scale, supply chains, vaccines