Cooling for All Training at the ECOWAS Regional Energy Forum and Training
In a warming world, access to sustainable cooling is not a luxury, it is an issue of equity that enables productive working days and access to safe food and medicines. Yet, 1.09 billion people are at high risk due to lack of access to cooling and 2.34 billion lack access to clean and efficient cooling. In Africa alone, the Chilling Prospects report estimates that 389 million people are at high risk due to the lack of cooling.
The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Energy Forum and Training brought together international partners with the ECOWAS community to explore sustainable cooling and emerging opportunities for the region. The training was developed with support from SEforALL, the Cool Coalition, the Clean Cooling Collaborative, the University of Birmingham Centre for Sustainable Cooling, the Africa Center of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chains, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
The training was organized in three segments:
Global Cooling Collaboration
The session presented the landscape of international collaboration on sustainable cooling, including a deep dive on the Cool Coalition, Clean Cooling Collaborative and Cooling for All. Global partners including more than 120 countries, cities, the private sector, financial institutions and civil society are supporting progress on understanding cooling needs and sustainable and climate-friendly cooling solutions. Download the presentation
This segment discussed the importance of sustainable cold chains for food, agriculture and health and how action can support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The session also highlighted the new Africa Center of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain, based in Kigali, Rwanda, and the opportunities it presents for collaboration with ECOWAS countries on key issues like capacity building. Download the presentation