Cooling

Climate-friendly cooling cuts pollution and saves lives.
Cooling is essential to human health and prosperity, and is becoming more important as the world urbanizes, economies grow, and the planet heats up.
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But air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other forms of cooling are dominated by the use of human-made fluorinated gases (F-gases), which can be 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 generated by fossil fuels, and is therefore a critical challenge for reducing carbon emissions.

K-CEP: Cooling the World

ClimateWorks serves as the secretariat for the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), a philanthropic collaboration that supports the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by helping developing countries transition to 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 and other climate-friendly solutions in order to double the climate benefits and significantly increase the development benefits of the Kigali Amendment’s aim to phase down HFCs. K-CEP focuses on four core areas:

K-CEP partners with the Cool Coalition, which connects a wide range of key actors to facilitate knowledge exchange, advocacy, and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling.

Strengthening for Efficiency

Developing country capacity and ownership is critical for the transition to efficient, climate-friendly cooling. K-CEP supports efforts to enhance the 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. We also support governments to develop National Cooling Plans which set national priorities for efficient, climate-friendly cooling measures across sectors and Ministries. These efforts complement the existing and emerging work of the Montreal Protocol Parties, agencies, and institutions.

Policies, Standards, and Programs

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

Finance

K-CEP supports financial solutions that help overcome market barriers and increase the penetration of efficient, climate-friendly 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 efficient, climate-friendly cooling.

Access to Cooling

To avoid “lock-in” of high-carbon technologies while responding to the growing demand for cooling in developing countries, access to cooling must be a development priority. K-CEP aims to make efficient, climate-friendly cooling accessible to all by elevating the profile of cooling as a development priority, and by providing support to the most vulnerable countries and communities through a range of locally owned cooling solutions.

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Program Team

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Executive 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

Non-Executive Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Xiaoyi Jin

Xiaoyi Jin

Program Associate, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

Shilpa Patel

Shilpa Patel

Director, Mission Investing

Tao Wang

Tao Wang

Strategist, China

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