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TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets, driving sustainable innovation to emerging economies where it is needed most. After successful programs focusing on the health sectors in India and Brazil, TechEmerge is expanding to the vital cooling sector.

TechEmerge will match innovative companies from across the world with leading companies, energy service providers, and other organizations in emerging markets to pilot climate-smart, energy-efficient cooling technologies, products, and services and build commercial partnerships.

Learn more about our ongoing sustainable cooling programs:

➡ Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities

➡ Sustainable Cooling Temperature-Controlled Logistics - Nigeria

➡ Sustainable Cooling in the Indian Hospitality Sector

➡ Harnessing the Clean Energy Potential of Waste Cold from LNG



Cooling is essential for economic development, productivity, human health and food security. 

Climate change, income growth, and urbanization are all increasing demand for cooling—especially in emerging markets which are home to the fastest growing and hottest cities on earth.


cooling is vital


➡ Cooling prevents medicines and vaccines from spoiling

30-50% of post-harvest losses are due to a lack of cooling

➡ Refrigerated transport delivers vital goods to shops and shipping ports

➡ Cooling protects children, the elderly, and the sick during heatwaves

➡ Cooling is vital for steel, agriculture, pharma, energy, and other industries


However, cooling consumes 15% of global energy, and if business as usual continues that amount will triple by 2050. Cooling is also a major contributor to climate change, producing 10% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

The good news is that cooling innovation offers one of the most cost-effective ways to fight climate change – and this is where TechEmerge comes in. 



TechEmerge uses a competitive process to select innovative companies, who are then invited to meet with leading corporates and municipalities in emerging economies to discuss how to pilot their technology, product, or service and commercialize them in local markets.

IFC and a panel of industry experts provide support during market-entry and tech transfer to offset financial and operational risks for innovators and adoption risks for local governments, corporates, and other partners.

We are seeking a wide range of cooling solutions including, but not limited to:



Space Cooling

➡ Hotels, commercial and residential properties, shopping malls, public buildings, and other spaces need solutions that ensure comfortable working and living environments.



transport and logistics

Transport & Logistics

Agricultural produce, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals such as vaccines and medicines, and other products require temperature-controlled innovations for long haul, short haul, and last-mile transport and storage.



industrial and commercial


Cooling innovations are needed for industrial facilities, equipment and processes, as well as the production, processing, and point-of-sale storage and display of foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other temperature-sensitive goods.



cooling ecosystem

Cooling Ecosystem

Disruptive technologies, services, and business models such as thermal batteries, IoT, Containers as a Service (CaaS), and more enable and improve cooling across multiple sectors.





The TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Innovation program is implemented in partnership with the government of the United Kingdom.

uk government