Cooling for All Primer

Background Document
Cooling Primer

As temperatures rise with climate change, and as economies grow and urbanize - a major part of which will take place in developing and emerging countries - the world’s cooling needs are expected to dramatically increase. Nonetheless, access to cooling is limited, especially for the poorest people and communities, creating major productivity losses as well as adverse impacts on the provision of quality health care, nutritious food, and education.

This, in turn, undermines the efforts and opportunities for dozens of countries to fully realize the Sustainable Development Goals, such as ending poverty, hunger and disease. With this in mind, Sustainable Energy for All, supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, announced Cooling for All in the summer of 2017 – a new initiative to spur action and political leadership in increasing access to integrated cooling solutions.