PAST EVENT | JOINT Roundtable: Climate Friendly Cold Storage Opportunities in Agriculture


This first Agriculture GP -ESMAP (Energy GP) Roundtable on cold storage served several objectives:

  1. Bring together WB task teams who have incorporated/are incorporating energy-efficient and climate friendly cold storage technologies into WB operations to share their experiences and highlight challenges and opportunities faced during preparation and implementation.
  2. Showcase examples of emerging technologies as well as business and financing models.
  3. Provide the opportunity for broader discussions to share experiences and resources available to support financing, operation and maintenance, training/capacity building, impact assessment approaches, and how to increase uptake among farmers.
  4. Serve as a platform to discuss how the World Bank can promote the adoption of energy-efficient and climate friendly cold storage technologies that can provide sustainable economic benefits to farmers and the economy.
  5. Introduce ESMAP’s Efficient, Clean Cooling program and work/resources specifically targeted at efficient, clean cooling in the agriculture sector including current engagements
  6. Gauge interest to continue discussions/organize relevant knowledge events.


Energy-efficient and climate friendly cold storage technologies have the potential to transform the agri-food system (for e.g., horticulture, dairy, livestock, fisheries etc), and some World Bank-financed operations – many with ESMAP support - have been supporting the counterparts to mainstream these technologies to reduce food loss as well as enhance food security and economic productivity. In addition, increasing access to efficient and climate-friendly cold chains can help meet climate change goals – in terms of strengthening adaptation through resilience as well as mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Introduction by the chairs.
  • Brief overview of main cold chain storage technical solutions by Leo Blyth.
  • Panel Discussion by TTLs: Experience and Insights from (completed and ongoing) ESMAP-funded technical assistance supporting energy-efficient cold storage in WB projects (in Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, and Rwanda).
  • Q&A and general discussion.


Ghada Elabed (Senior Agriculture Economist, SAGGL, Agriculture and Food Global Practice) and Martina (Senior Energy Economist, ESMAP, Energy and Extractives Global Practice)


  • Esdras Byiringiro, Agriculture Specialist, SAEA2 (cold storage for horticulture in Rwanda);
  • Tomás Rosada, Sr Agriculture Economist, SLCAG (cold storage in Mexico, Guatemala and Argentina);
  • Tapas Paul, Lead Environmental Specialist SSAEN (cold storage for fisheries in India);
  • Pierre Gerber, Senior Agriculture Economist, SCAAG ; Christian Berger, Senior Agriculture Economist, SSAA1 (cold storage for milk and livestock in Bangladesh);
  • Mercy Chimpokosera-Mseu, Environmental Specialist SAEE2 (cold storage for horticulture and fisheries in Malawi); and
  • Leo Blyth, Senior Energy Specialist Consultant, IEEES (overview of key cold storage technologies and associated business models).