ASHRAE and UNEP Launch the 2024 Lower GWP Innovation Award

ASHRAE and UNEP OzonAction are pleased to announce the opening for submissions for the 2024 Lower GWP Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Innovation Award until the closing date, 15 August 2024.

The Award is intended to promote innovative design, research, and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigeration and air-conditioning applications. The Award is part of the ASHRAE-UNEP OzonAction joint workplan for 2024-2025.

The Award selection criteria include:

  • Description of innovation in the field of lower-GWP refrigerants.
  • A confirmation project that has been implemented in a developing country.  
  • The extent of need.  
  • Environmental impact achieved including specific reference to the use of low-GWP refrigerants or technology.
  • Description of further application in developing countries from both the technology and economic perspectives, including how the innovation is financially feasible to be replicated.

Information about the Award and the online submission form can be found at The jury, selected by ASHRAE and UNEP, will be made up of an international jury of experts in the field of refrigerant research and management.

Individuals, working alone or in teams, are eligible to enter. Awards are presented in Residential and Commercial/Industrial Facility categories, and only projects implemented in developing countries are considered.

Projects selected for the 2024 Lower GWP Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Innovation Awards will be announced at Montreal Protocol related events and ASHRAE conferences ASHRAE and UNEP will also team up to disseminate information to specialists and government officials in developing countries about the selections to raise awareness of successful technology applications.