August 2019 Update

Greetings K-CEP friends,

Welcome to the latest quarterly news from the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP). Over the last few months, the importance of our work on cooling has only grown, particularly as July was the hottest month on earth ever recorded. Significant progress has been made by K-CEP grantees, with many notable highlights. After the UN Secretary General’s meeting in Abu Dhabi in July, the Cool Coalition’s efforts to accelerate efficient, clean cooling for all is now part of the short list of mitigation opportunities to be announced at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in September. China launched its Green Cooling Action Plan. The Dominican Republic and Rwanda launched financial mechanisms for efficient, clean cooling. Various Pacific Islands launched technology demos, including utility on-bill financing. The ‘Cooling as a Service (CaaS) Initiative’ by BASE agreed new partnerships around the world. Ashden announced its “Cooling by Nature” award. And the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN) launched a call for applications for efficient, clean cooling investment projects

Elsewhere, RMI’s Global Cooling Prize surpassed 2000 registrants, and progress continues in the Montreal Protocol regime with six additional countries ratifying the Kigali Amendment, bringing the total number of countries who have ratified to 79. 

Read on for more details of the above and of various new reports have come out on efficient, clean cooling, including new K-CEP knowledge briefs and a global map of cooling policies from our partner E3G. 

Finally, the ECO team is excited to announce that Mirka Della Cava has joined our team as the new Head of Window 2: Policies, Standards and Programs. Welcome, Mirka! Gabby Dreyfus is shifting her role from Head of Window 2 to K-CEP’s Chief Science Advisor.  

With cool wishes,

Jess and the ECO team

From Our Partners 

Cool Coalition gains momentum ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit 

We are pleased to share that the Cool Coalition is on the list of initiatives moving forward in preparations of the UN Climate Action Summit and we welcome our new partners: Carrier, Dominican Republic, EP100, OLADE (Latin American Energy Organisation), ECREEE (Ecowas Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency), RCREEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency), GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute), City of Copenhagen, and Sanhua.

Cooling as a Service confirms partnerships

The Cooling as a Service (CaaS) Initiative, led by BASE with K-CEP support, has confirmed partnerships in Africa, Latin America and India. With Smart Joules, an ESCO in India, work will commence to mainstream CaaS and demonstrate in one of India’s largest hospital chains. Smart Joules will receive support from BASE to standardize the contractual arrangements and pricing of the cooling service. The CaaS Initiative has also signed a collaboration agreement and will support Sphere to demonstrate the CaaS model in Africa. Sphere is a leading transcritical CO2 refrigeration solution company based in South Africa. In Latin America, the CaaS Initiative is collaborating with Daikin to demonstrate the CaaS model in buildings. Daikin is a leading energy efficient HVAC company with subsidiaries around the globe. Watch the CaaS video here

CGIEE revalidated in Brazil, ensuring that national energy efficiency policies will continue

As reported by K-CEP partner iCS, Brazil’s Managing Committee of Energy Efficiency Indicators (CGIEE) was revalidated by the President’s Chief of Staff on June 28, ensuring the country’s minimum energy performance standards would continue.

China launches new national Green Cooling Action Plan

The Chinese government launched a national “Green Cooling Action Plan” (GCAP). This represents the first time the Chinese government has adopted an integrated master plan for the green cooling sector. The plan establishes new energy efficiency and market penetration targets for air conditioners and other cooling products, and serves as a national guide for promoting cooling efficiency. Energy Foundation China’s Fact Sheet summarizing the GCAP can be found here. Energy Foundation China, with support from K-CEP, worked closely with China’s National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) over the past 18 months to design and provide the technological basis to inform the development of the GCAP.  As China is the largest cooling technology consumer, producer and exporter, GCAP’s impact can be profound.

Energy Foundation China leads International Green Cooling Conference

K-CEP partner Energy Foundation China organized the 2019 International Green Cooling Conference (2019 IGCC) in partnership with NDRC, K-CEP, China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS), and China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association (CRAA). More than 180 participants from governments, international organizations, research institutions, enterprises and media attended the full-day conference to share their expertise and experience in improving cooling efficiency globally.

Press Statement following the meeting between State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, Foreign Minister of France, and the United National Secretary General 

Leaders from China, France and the United Nations in a press statement made on the margins of the G20 meeting highlight the importance of the ratification and implementation of the Kigali Amendment as well as improved energy efficiency standards in the cooling sector. 

NRDC helps advance efficient, clean cooling in China 

NRDC China has been engaged to encourage energy efficiency in cooling through a variety of activities. NRDC capitalized on China’s National Energy Conservation Week (July 17-23) to draw consumer attention to best practices in efficient cooling: NRDC coordinated the development of an online education game (“Energy Conservation Monopoly”) for the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC). The game received 2.2 million site visits during its one-week run. NRDC also reinforced the importance of using air conditioners smartly, by compiling and disseminating “10 Common Air Conditioner Mistakes to Avoid on Hot Summer Days”. Finally, NRDC convened a “Green is Cool” workshop on June 19th, bringing together representatives from government agencies, NGOs, and research institutes to exchange best practices in promoting responsible consumer behavior. At the event, NRDC and 12 other NGOs issued a joint statement committing to advancing China’s recently released National Green and High Efficiency Cooling Action Plan. 


Ashden “Cooling By Nature” Award goes to City of Medellin

Check out the video of the Ashden ‘Cooling by Nature’ winner in Colombia as well as coverage of the award on Colombian local television. Read this article by UN Environment to learn more about the winner.


Domincan Republic launches financial mechanism for efficient, clean cooling

A new “Cooling as a Service” financial mechanism was launched at the Transformando las Cadenas de Valor del Turismo event in Punta Cana with participation by over 80 hoteliers.

Cooling as a Service allows customers to simply pay for the amount of air conditioning they use instead of buying and maintaining the equipment. It was launched by air conditioner manufacturer Daikin and BASE as part of the Caribbean Cooling Initiative (CCOOL), which is led by the UN Environment’s United for Efficiency and the Governments of the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and St. Lucia with funding support by KCEP. For more information, see this article here.


Innovative Efficient and Clean Cooling in the Pacific

With support from K-CEP, IIEC has been collaborating with governments, businesses and industry associations in Pacific Island Countries to demonstrate efficient and clean cooling technologies and innovative business models to enhance awareness and promote greater adoption of clean cooling technologies.  A call for proposals was launched in January 2019 to all PICs with applicants from Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu selected as grant winners.

In Palau, the Palau Energy Administration (PEA) has partnered with the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) to pilot an on-bill financing program to enable clients to install more efficient air conditioners with a lower GWP refrigerant.

In Solomon Islands, the Solomon Islands Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Association (SIRAC) aims to demonstrate sheltering effects on operational efficiency of old and new air conditioners installed in government and commercial facilities in the country. 

In Vanuatu, the country with 83 islands, water transport is the most important mode of transportation serving people’s need for daily travels, food, medicines, etc. Tuff Boat Limited plans to develop a sustainable mobile cooling / freezing system that can be used to transport fresh produce in a safe and healthy way. A prototype of 7-meter long boat with a built-in solar powered refrigerator/freezer will be designed, constructed and tested before the end of 2019.


Rwanda launched a financial scheme that seeks to support the country’s efforts to promote efficient, clean cooling. 

The “Coolease” mechanism allows suppliers and consumers of air conditioners and refrigerators to transition to the latest energy efficient technology without an upfront investment. It was launched in partnership with Rwanda’s Business Development Fund, the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), UN Environment’s United for Efficiency initiative, and BASE as part of the KCEP-funded Rwanda Cooling Initiative. Read more about the mechanism here

Rwanda’s National Cooling Plan approved by the Cabinet.
See the notification here

Other Efficient, Clean Cooling Highights

RMI’s Global Cooling Prize makes progress towards identifying innovative and energy efficient cooling solutions

The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition catalyzing innovation in the cooling industry by calling upon global innovators to develop residential cooling solutions that have at least five times (5X) less climate impact than standard entry-level room air-conditioning technology being sold in the market today. The prize was launched in November 2018 and will run for a period of two years. The prize has already received over 2000 team registrations and 445 preliminary 'intent to apply' form submissions from innovators, start-ups, research institutes, universities, and key AC industry manufacturers from 56 countries around the globe. The Prize was initiated by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI); Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; and Mission Innovation, and is supported by a large coalition of global partners and supporters. In the coming months, the Prize’s Technical Review Committee will select up to 10 of the most promising cooling innovations that have the potential to meet all of the Prize criteria. These finalists will be announced in New Delhi, India on November 15, 2019, and awarded $200K each to develop and deliver two working prototypes to India for performance testing. The final winner(s) of the prize will be announced in November 2020.  To stay up to date on the Prize’s progress, subscribe to the monthly newsletter or visit

More countries ratify the Kigali Amendment

Over the past three months, an additional six countries  -- Ethiopia, Cuba, Cypress, South Africa, Peru and Ghana -- ratified the Kigali Amendment, bringing the total number of countries that have ratified to 79.

From the Efficiency Cooling Office

The ECO attended many events around the world, including China’s International Green Cooling Conference, the Montreal Protocol’s Open Ended Working Group negotiations in Bangkok, Innovate for Climate in Singapore, and EE Global in DC. Helen Picot led a side event at the OEWG and also visited Walton High-Tech Industries in Bangladesh to see their efficiency improvements. The ECO also held mid-year grantee meetings in Bangkok and London. 

Cooling in the News

Upcoming Events

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program & The Energy Efficiency/Indoor Air Quality Nexus symposium | Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Sustainable Development Capital Limited| Hong Kong | September 2

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

We Will: Efficient, Clean Cooling for All | The Climate Hub, New York City, US | September 24


K-CEP Knowledge Brief: Guidance on Incorporating Efficient, Clean Cooling into the Enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions (EnglishFrench / Spanish)

K-CEP Info: Map of national cooling policies

Cool Coalition Guides: Government and business action on efficient, climate-friendly cooling for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit (for governments / for businesses)

CLASP Market Studies: Four new reports assessing the state-of-play of room air conditioner (AC) markets in Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

The Global Appliance Testing Costs Catalogue: Revealing Appliance Energy Efficiency Testing Costs and Best Practices

NRDC/CFA Discussion Paper: Architecture & Financing Models for Efficient Cooling alongside the Montreal Protocol

Paper by Prof. Toby Peters and colleagues: The Cold-Chain Conundrum

IEMA Webinar: The Future of Cool

IEA Report: The Future of Cooling in China 

Q&A with Toby Peters: Meeting the Demand for Cooling in a Warming World

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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