Access to Cooling initiatives

There are many new and exciting initiatives on Access to Cooling, as well as organizations dedicated to finding and deploying solutions. Check back regularly for updates on new initiatives.

Prizes and funding

NDC Support Facility for Efficient, Climate-Friendly Cooling, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

The NDC Support Facility provides funding and guidance to organizations to support governments that want to integrate cooling solutions into the next round of their country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which are expected to be submitted during 2020. The NDC Support Facility’s focus is to unlock the significant contribution that efficient, climate-friendly cooling solutions can make to climate and development goals, whilst simultaneously complementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which aims to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The Facility has up to USD 12 million available for technical assistance to improve access to and the efficiency of cooling in developing countries. Proposals for NDC Support Facility funding are due on 4 September 2020.

The Chill Challenge, Engineers Without Borders USA

The objective of the challenge which was launched in September 2019 is the development of refrigerators and icemakers that are significantly more affordable for off-grid communities than currently available units. EWB-USA awarded grants ranging from USD 30,000 to USD 50,000 to seven teams to build and test prototypes. The winners were announced in May 2020.

The Global Cooling Prize, Rocky Mountain Institute

The Global Cooling Prize is rallying a global coalition of leaders to solve the critical climate threat that comes from growing demand for residential air conditioning. By harnessing the power of innovation, we can provide cooling solutions that enhance people’s lives without contributing to runaway climate change.

How? This ground-breaking competition is designed to incentivize the development of a residential cooling solution that will have at least 5 times less climate impact than today’s standard refrigeration and air conditioning units. 

This technology could prevent up to 100 gigatons (GT) of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050. It will also put the world on a pathway to mitigate up to 0.5˚C of global warming by 2100, all while enhancing living standards for people in developing countries around the globe.

The Million Cool Roofs Challenge, NESTA, the Global Cool Cities Alliance

The Million Cool Roofs Challenge is a USD 2 million global competition to rapidly scale up the deployment of highly solar-reflective “cool” roofs in developing countries suffering heat stress and lacking widespread access to cooling services. 

The Challenge will award USD 100,000 grants to up to ten teams this year to deploy solar reflective coating and/or materials in an eligible country between August 2019 and December 2020. From there, USD 1 million will be awarded in 2021 to the team that has demonstrated the best sustainable and transferable model for the rapid deployment of cool roofs in an eligible country and that best meets the judging criteria. 

Cool Cities Award, Ashden

The Cool Cities award, supported by K-CEP in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), focuses on how cities can adapt to rising temperatures by using passive cooling approaches as part of the built environment. It will look for passive ways to reduce the demand for air conditioning and protect human health by making indoor and outdoor environments safer and more comfortable. It is especially seeking initiatives which are protecting people most vulnerable to dangerous heat stress, such as those in informal settlements and who work outdoors. The winners of the 2020 Ashden awards will be announced on 2 July.

2019 Global LEAP Awards - Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition

Global LEAP Awards is administering a competition for highly energy-efficient, durable, off- and weak-grid appropriate refrigerators. Refrigerators are one of the most challenging off-grid appliances to design and develop to be both energy efficient and cost-effective. Therefore, the global market remains in the early stages of development, often leaving consumers with expensive, inefficient, and faulty products. USD 2 million in results-based financing incentives are available to winners and finalists to promote product uptake in select countries. The winners and finalists are also showcased in the Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide, a procurement tool for off-grid solar companies and distributors that also provides general market intelligence to other interested stakeholders.



The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic program set up to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol. Under the amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning — by more than 80% over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.5° C of global warming by the end of the century. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

The GCCA (Global Cool Cities Alliance)

The GCCA approach is to cultivate partnerships with cities and other stakeholders to give them the tools and support they need to identify successful policies and programs, adapt them for each city’s unique characteristics, and connect with experts and partners to help with implementation. GCCA works with companies and governments to help grow new markets for technologies and materials. It also links the diverse world of experts and researchers who study urban heat islands and cool materials

The GCI (Green Cooling Initiative) 

The aim of GCI is to establish a global Green Cooling Network, which will accelerate the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors to and within developing countries. This website is a knowledge base for green cooling technologies, data emission scenarios and a platform for the Green Cooling Initiative Network. Decision makers, technology suppliers and importers, research institutes, NGOs as well as government institutions are all invited to join.

The Cool Coalition

We are a member of the Cool Coalition, a global multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors from government, cities, international organizations, businesses, finance, academia, and civil society groups to facilitate knowledge exchange, advocacy and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling. Cool Coalition members are collaborating on science, policy, finance and technology to meet growing demands for cooling in a comprehensive manner, all aimed at raising climate ambition in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals while complementing the goals of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Paris Climate Agreement.