Environmentally friendly, energy efficient cooling for all is critical
Cooling is essential to human health and prosperity and is becoming more important as the world urbanizes, economies grow, and the planet heats up. But air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other forms of cooling rely on human-made fluorinated gases (F-gases) that are up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in driving climate change. Left unchecked, F-gases could account for nearly 20 percent of climate pollution by 2050. Cooling also uses huge amounts of energy, often fossil fuels, and is therefore a critical carbon emissions reduction challenge.

The Cooling Portfolio: Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP)

ClimateWorks houses K-CEP, a philanthropic collaboration to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by helping developing countries transition to energy-efficient, climate-friendly and affordable cooling solutions. Under the Kigali Amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.4° C of global warming by the end of the century. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling in order to double the climate benefits and significantly increase the development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

K-CEP focuses on the following four core areas:

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is helping to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to reduce climate change.

Strengthening for Efficiency

Developing country capacity and ownership is critical for environmentally friendly, energy-efficient cooling. K-CEP supports efforts to enhance energy efficiency know-how and technical capacity of developing countries by offering support for staff, training and knowledge resources, advice for governments, and funding to integrate energy efficiency into industrial conversion projects. These efforts complement the existing and emerging work of the Montreal Protocol parties, agencies, and institutions.

Policies, Standards, and Programs

K-CEP engages with developing countries willing to ambitiously and quickly integrate energy efficiency into solutions to meet the cooling challenge. Partnerships with these countries help accelerate national and corporate energy efficiency cooling policies, standards, and programs with the potential to reduce emissions and contribute to sustainable development.


K-CEP supports financial solutions that help to overcome market barriers and increase the penetration of clean, efficient cooling products. By supporting financial mechanisms such as on-bill financing schemes, consumer rebate programs, project preparation support, and service-oriented models, K-CEP aims to mobilize much larger amounts of public and private finance for clean, efficient cooling.

Access to Cooling

To avoid “lock-in” of high-carbon technologies, access to cooling must be a development priority. K-CEP aims to make environmentally friendly, energy-efficient cooling accessible to all by elevating the profile of cooling as a development priority and by providing support to the poorest countries and people through a range of locally owned cooling solutions.

K-CEP Grantmaking to Date

K-CEP Funders

Barr Foundation

Bill Gates

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Heising-Simons Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Josh and Anita Bekenstein

John and Ann Doerr

Laura and John Arnold

Oak Foundation

Open Philanthropy Project

Pisces Foundation

Sandler Foundation

Sea Change Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Wyss Foundation

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Portfolio Team

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Mirka Della Cava

Mirka Della Cava

Head of Policies, Standards, and Programs, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus

Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus

Chief Scientific Advisor

Dan Hamza-Goodacre

Dan Hamza-Goodacre

Executive Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Xiaoyi Jin

Xiaoyi Jin

Program Associate, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Hu Min

Hu Min

China Advisor, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Shilpa Patel

Shilpa Patel

Director, Mission Investing and Head of Finance Window, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Helen Picot

Helen Picot

Head of Strengthening for Efficiency and Access to Cooling, KCEP


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