Call for project proposals “Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning”

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The FFEM - the French Facility for Global Environment - is launching a call for project proposals aimed at supporting innovations in “Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning” in developing countries. The call for proposals will be open for a 4-month period from 15 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Who can respond to the call for project proposals?

The call for proposals is open to legal persons that the FFEM is able to support within the scope of its mandate: civil society organisations, public authorities, local authorities, research bodies, private sector, foundations, etc. 

What are the eligibility criteria for financed projects?

The proposals should address the implementation, in developing countries, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Paris Agreement (2015). They may demonstrate synergies with the projects implemented within the framework of the Montreal Protocol, in particular the Kigali amendment (2016), financed by Multilateral Funds promoting energy efficiency in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in parallel with the elimination of HCFCs and the reduction of HFCs.

Specifically targeted are projects that will allow sustainable refrigeration or air-conditioning, favouring integrated approaches, whether through furthering the use of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment and facilities using so-called “natural” refrigerant fluids which offer greater energy efficiency; or through alternative solutions without recourse to refrigerant fluids.

Particularly welcomed are projects related to the transfer of skills and technologies for the implementation and maintenance of the best available techniques and technologies in the application of environmental best practice; the development of alternative solutions and practices that emit fewer greenhouse gases; the implementation of education, awareness-raising and training platforms for the different actors in the sector; the implementation and strengthening of governance and the institutional, legal and regulatory framework; the creation of accreditations and certifications for energy efficiency for facilities and equipment; the structuring of professional sectors for the supply, distribution, implementation and maintenance of equipment and facilities; the treatment, re-use and recycling of end-of-life equipment; the promotion of public/private partnerships; the development of long-term funding mechanisms.

Proposals must also meet FFEM eligibility criteria, namely:


  • contribution to conservation of the world environment;
  • contribution to local sustainable development in one or more developing countries;
  • innovative nature;
  • demonstrative, replicable nature;
  • post-project economic and financial sustainability;
  • ecological and environmental viability;
  • social and cultural acceptability;
  • appropriate institutional framework.

Which geographical areas are eligible?

Eligible countries are all those listed as beneficiaries of publicly-funded development assistance via the OECD DAC, with priority given to the African continent.

Which innovations are targeted ? 

Innovation as defined in the FFEM strategy means the implementation of new technologies, new ways of working and new techniques. 

In accordance with the OECD definition (Oslo Manual, 2005), it should be noted that innovation may be in terms of products, processes, organisation or deployment, in particular in matters of public policy and funding. Innovation can be radical or progressive and must be recognised as such, beyond a simple invention. It thus forms part of a process of change that it triggers.

For the FFEM, the innovative nature of a project can be assessed only in the light of specific analysis of the project and/or of the territory, on the basis of the geographical, socio-economic, political, institutional, and ecological context, and the innovative way in which the project envisages triggering change to benefit the environment and sustainable development.


Financing arrangements

How much does the FFEM contribute?

The FFEM’s contribution for this call for project proposals will range between €500,000 and €3,000,000 per project.

What are the funding arrangements?

The FFEM will only be involved alongside co-financing arrangements. 

Co-financing by project sponsors and/or financial partners must amount to:

  • 70% of the overall budget in normal cases;
  • 50% of the overall budget for remarkably innovative projects or projects sponsored by stakeholders from the South with co-financing from the South.


Submit a project

The call for proposals will be open for a 4-month period from 15 June 2020.

Any question on your application ? Our team is available.

Before starting your application with the online form below please download and fill the downloadable documents above.