June 2019 Update

Greetings K-CEP friends,

Welcome to the latest quarterly news from the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program. A lot has happened over the last few months on sub-national, national and global efforts to make efficient, clean cooling a reality, so we are excited to share the highlights with you. China announced ambitious draft room air conditioner standards. Countries’ continue to advance work on national cooling action plans, notably in Trinidad & Tobago, Lebanon and China. Bangladesh’s Walton enterprise is upgrading appliance efficiency. Indonesia celebrated its cooling leaders. China’s Belt and Road initiative launched a Green Cooling Initiative. The World Bank launched a groundbreaking new Efficient, Clean Cooling Program to accelerate action in developing countries. K-CEP and partners launched the Cool Coalition, a global effort to inspire ambition and accelerate action on efficient, clean cooling. The number of ratifications for the Kigali Amendment has risen to 72. Read on for more details about the above.

Finally, the ECO launched K-CEP’s Year 2 Annual Report on April 29th and presented results of the past two years of the program to a group of philanthropic funders. It’s an easy, online, and inspiring read so please dive in and share Year 2 Report here.

With cool wishes,

Jess and the ECO team

From Our Partners 


The World Bank announces a new program to scale up efficient, clean cooling in developing countries

With a $3 million grant from K-CEP, the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Climate Change Group will lead a new Efficient, Clean Cooling Program to accelerate the efficient, clean cooling solutions in developing countries. Check out their just-released video on sustainable cooling.

"Cool Coalition" launched: over 20 leaders committed to a global effort on efficient, clean cooling

Led by UN Environment, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, and Sustainable Energy for All, the Cool Coalition aims to inspire ambition and accelerate action on the transition to efficient, clean cooling. This effort can make a huge positive impact on climate change, help achieve sustainable development and save money.

CCAC launches new initiative on efficient cooling at G7 Environment Ministers Meeting

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) launched a new Efficient Cooling initiative at the G7 Environment Ministerial, and received support from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Chile, Fiji, Gabon, Mexico, Niger, Norway, and the World Bank. Read the official statement here.

Report released: a global supply-chain analysis of air-conditioning compressors

NREL released new study, Mapping the Supply Chain for Room Air Conditioning Compressors, which provides a snapshot of the air-conditioning compressor industry and examines efforts to improve equipment efficiency using next-gen refrigerants. Learn more about the report here.

Million Cool Roofs (MCR) Challenge heats up

Applications have now closed for the MCR challenge. A wide range or organizations applied. The newly appointed judging panel has the exciting task of choosing the winners over the weeks ahead. The MCR, a global competition to scale up solar-reflective roofs in developing countries which face risks related to insufficient access to cooling, has now selected its competition judging panel. See the blog here for more information.


Hospital cooling audits shed light on energy consumption and GHG emissions from cooling

Healthcare Without Harm (HCWH) is undertaking hospital cooling audits in three hospitals in Argentina, to be followed by cooling efficiency demonstration investments. The project is also underway in China and the Philippines. The Argentina inception workshop was held in Buenos Aires in March, with representation from the hospitals, cooling auditors, Ministry of Health and HCWH’s Argentina team. Check out this video (in Spanish) to hear more about the project and the reflections from workshop attendees.


Bangladesh commits to scale up efficient, clean cooling refrigerators

With support from K-CEP and the Multilateral Fund, UNDP is working with the Government of Bangladesh to support Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd to make energy efficient, low-GWP refrigerators through equipment upgrades. It is expected that emissions of around 329,801 tonnes of CO2 equivalent GHG will be reduced and 42 million kwh electricity will be saved through implementation of the project. Read more about the work here.


China launched Belt and Road green cooling initiative.

On April 25th, at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and K-CEP grantee Energy Foundation China (EFC) jointly launched the Belt and Road Green Cooling Initiative, together with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  The initiative calls for continuously improving the efficiency of cooling products, though policy dialogues and capacity building with global initiatives including K-CEP. Read the statement here.

China released a draft of the new MEPS for room air conditioners for public comment

Released in March 2019, the draft proposed standards demonstrate China’s ambition to transition away from inefficient fixed-speed ACs. If fully implemented as proposed, including with the step-up in stringency in 2022, the standard would enable China’s room AC energy efficiency minimum levels to catch up with current internationally advanced levels.

China National Clean Cooling Action Plan Under Review

As a direct result of the support and technical engagement of K-CEP funded China Cooling Efficiency Project, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has begun integrating efficient,clean cooling into its overall policy agenda. Earlier this year, NDRC started developing the “National Clean Cooling Action Plan,” to serve as a master national long-term plan for promoting efficient, clean cooling.


The Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia amplify companies’ push on cooling efficiency

The Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia, organized by Global Initiatives with K-CEP's support, developed a new "Best Cooling Efficiency" category to recognize the leadership and innovation of companies developing and adopting the most efficient cooling technologies. Award winner, Indonesian steel manufacturer Ispat Indo, has pledged to cut global warming through improving the efficiency of its cooling equipment. Nestlé Indonesia and United Tractors also received special recognition in the category. Read more about companies' action on cooling.


The National Ozone Unit held a kick off meeting for the National Cooling Plan for Lebanon, with a stakeholder meeting bringing together representatives from ministries, public institutions, national and civil organizations, and the private sector. Lively discussions highlighted the need for improved access to cleaner cooling, creation of sustainable jobs, and support to local industries. Earlier this quarter, Dan Hamza-Goodacre had the honor of meeting Lebanon’s new and visionary Environment Minister, Fadi Jreissati, to discuss the cooling roadmap in Lebanon, and how K-CEP can best support the Government’s efforts.


Development of a National Cooling Plan for Trinidad and Tobago

The National Ozone Unit of Trinidad and Tobago has spearheaded the development of a National Cooling Plan that provides a holistic outlook on how the cooling demand in Trinidad and Tobago will evolve and grow, and outlines strategies and actions that promote efficient, clean cooling. Read the announcement here.

SEforALL is searching for a new CEO and Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling! For more information, read the story here and check out the job opening.

From the Efficiency Cooling Office

The ECO published K-CEP’s Year 2 Annual Report and held a launch event for funders on April 29 to discuss progress and results. The Year 2 Annual Report marks an important point in time at the midway point of the program. Read more about K-CEP’s progress over the first two years of the program here.

The ECO attended many events around the world, including the Clean Cooling Congress in London, the UK Department for International Development’s Energy Access event in London, Innovate4Climate in Singapore, the Multilateral Fund Executive Committee meeting in Montreal, UNDP’s Kigali Amendment implementation workshop in New York, the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, and the Responsible Business Forum on Climate Innovation as well as the CCICED Annual General Meeting in China.

Cooling in the News

Upcoming Events

Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2019 | Washington, DC | June 11-12

SEforALL Charrettes | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | June 18-20

IEA 4th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency | Dublin, Ireland | June 24-25

London Climate Action Week | London, UK | July 1-5

UN Climate Action Summit 2019 | New York City, US | September 23


Booklet: Understanding the Most Cost-Effective Way to Fight Climate Change - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

Report:  Promoting Clean and Energy Efficient Cold Chains in India - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, University of Birmingham and MP ENsystems Advisory Pvt. Ltd

Report: Mapping the Supply Chain for Room Air Conditioning Compressors - NREL

Repository: Briefs related to financing mechanism now available on the K-CEP Resource page.

iCS Publications:

Website: EIA - Climate Friendly Supermarkets

About K-CEP

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic collaboration launched in 2017 to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by focusing on the transition to energy efficient, climate-friendly, affordable cooling solutions for all. K-CEP’s secretariat, the Efficiency Cooling Office, is located at the ClimateWorks Foundation.

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