Cold Chain Innovation Hub in Philippines Launches Video Series

By Devin Yoshimoto, Jun 25, 2020, 10:37 4 minute reading

The Manila-based HVAC&R exhibition and training center’s videos will provide updates on activities and other information; industry contributions are still sought.

Members of the Cold Chain Innovation Hub project team from TESDA with Franziska Menten of UNIDO (third from left), Jan Dusek of shecco and CCI-Hub (fifth from left), Carlo Aguilar of UNIDO (fifth from right), Fausto Abadines of shecco and CCI-Hub (fourth from right) and Adnan Atwa of UNIDO (third from right)

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub), a Manila, Philippines-based center for sustainable HVAC&R technology exhibitions and training, has announced that it is launching a video series to support its mission.

The CCI-Hub was launched last year as part of an initiative called the “Global Partnership for improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines.” The initiative is jointly led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines (DENR). shecco (publisher of this website) is one of the project’s key executing partners.

The video series will provide updates on activities and cover technology, policy and sustainability topics related to the food cold chain. The series will feature expert interviews, webinars, video explainers, case study coverage, news and more. Videos are available for viewing on CCI-Hub’s Youtube channel.

“We’ve launched this video series to communicate more directly with our community in this time of limited movement and travel restrictions,” said Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partnership for the cold chain initiative, and COO and head of APAC for shecco.

“We hope that these videos will be an informative and engaging way to help continue building awareness for the project and a sustainable food cold chain in the Philippines,” added Dusek. “We also see this as being the first step in laying the groundwork for hosting a substantial online library of resources for the community.”

The video series is part of the development of the “Knowledge” section of the CCI-Hub website. Online resources have become a growing area of focus during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In addition to the video series, we are also developing our plans to build out an online e-learning platform, as well as other ways for community members to connect, interact, engage and learn remotely,” said Dusek.

This is being done in collaboration with the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). On March 10, TESDA was announced as the official national entity that will host the CCI-Hub at its central office in Metro Manila.

“We are excited and looking forward to working together with the global industry on this important project for the Philippines, especially at this crucial time of need for more nationwide skills, training and infrastructure development,” said Edward Dela Rosa, Chief TESDA Specialist.

Industry Contributions Sought

The CCI-Hub is also currently seeking contributions from industry stakeholders, with the deadline extended through June 30.

“This is an open call to all cold-chain related technology manufacturers, service providers, organizations, or associations worldwide,” according to a statement released on May 7 on the CCI-Hub website. “By contributing to this project, you will have the chance to exhibit your products, services and data through the CCI-Hub platform and increase your visibility. You will also gain valuable access to key clients and decision makers along the entire fast-growing Philippines cold chain market.”

The project is seeking contributions of:

• Innovative and energy-efficient cold chain equipment (systems, modules, components, etc.) for demonstration and training purposes.

• Relevant market/industry reports, assessments or analyses, case studies, etc.

• Training materials, programs, curriculum, modules, etc. (printed or online).

• Other relevant products, services or expertise.

Those interested are asked to download and fill out the questionnaire at Once completed, the document should be attached to an email and sent to Jan Dusek at

The “Global Partnership for improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines” project aims to identify, develop and stimulate the application of low-carbon, energy-efficient refrigeration innovation technologies and business practices for use throughout the food cold chain to increase food safety and food security.  

It is funded by US$2 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with US$25 million in co-financing (in-kind, grants and loans). The CCI-Hub will serve as the project’s main platform for providing an ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing and stakeholder collaboration.

For more information on the project, visit the website at

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By Devin Yoshimoto

Jun 25, 2020, 10:37

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