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.


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 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 $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 $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, $1 million will be awarded in 2021 to the team that has demonstrated the best sustainable and transferable model for rapid deployment of cool roofs in an eligible country and that best meets the judging criteria. 

The Cooling for People Award, Ashden

For the past few months, during the Ashden Award application process, Ashden has scoured the globe in search of the world’s best cooling solutions. One of the most important and overlooked areas that emerged was that of urban greenery.

The organization has chosen to shine a spotlight on the vital role that trees and vegetation play in regulating temperature and reducing dangerous levels of heat in cities. Trees and vegetation provide shade, reflect heat and help to cool the air while boosting people's well-being and tackling air pollution. 



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.