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New initiatives tackling the cooling challenge

Globally, the importance of tackling the cooling challenge is gaining momentum with two new global initiatives announced in the past month: UN Foundation’s “Cool Coalition” and the World Bank’s program to scale up efficient, clean cooling. Also, the World Rerigeration day is coming up, as reported by us before.

The Cool Coalition
The Cool Coalition was launched at the First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. It aims to inspire ambition and accelerate action on the transition to clean and efficient cooling.

The coalition includes ministers of environment from Chile and Rwanda and Foreign Affairs from Denmark as well as the heads of Danish engineering firm Danfoss and ENGIE, and the leaders of civil society, research, academia and intergovernmental institutions. The Cool Coalition is a global effort led by UN Environment, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

“Demand for cooling is growing, as it must if we are to provide equitable access to a technology that keeps our children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious and economies productive,” said Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment, and a key leader of the coalition. “But we also can’t allow emissions to get out of hand. The Cool Coalition offers a three-in-one opportunity to cut global warming, improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people and make huge financial savings.”

World Bank’s program for efficient and clean cooling 
The World Bank has announced a new program to accelerate the uptake of sustainable cooling solutions, including air conditioning, refrigeration and cold chain in developing countries. The program will provide technical assistance to ensure that efficient cooling is included in new World Bank Group investment projects and mobilize further financing.

The program will help countries develop the necessary market infrastructure, financing mechanisms, and policies and regulations to deploy sustainable cooling at scale, focusing on air conditioning, refrigeration and cold chain, cool surfaces such as reflective roofs, walls and pavements, and mitigation of urban heat island effects. Another area of focus will be working with public and private sector partners to raise awareness around efficient, clean cooling opportunities in emerging markets.

Source: Global Cooling Prize Newsletter