Cooling is essential to health & prosperity

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program envisions a world in which environmentally friendly, energy efficient cooling is accessible to all.

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic program 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 percent 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.

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  • Why Cooling

    Cooling is essential to human health and prosperity and is becoming more important as the world urbanizes, economies grow, and the planet heats up. Current cooling technologies, such as air-conditioning and refrigeration, rely on human-made F-gases that are almost 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming. Left unchecked, F-gases could account for nearly 20 percent of climate pollution by 2050.

  • K-CEP Windows

    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. K-CEP’s four programmatic areas of focus, called K-CEP windows, are: 1. Strengthening for efficiency, 2. Policies, standards, and programs, 3. Finance, and 4. Access to cooling.

  • Insights

    Working with partners, K-CEP supports implementation of the Montreal Protocol amendment to phase down HFCs, and it provides actionable insights that reveal opportunities to improve access to environmentally friendly, energy efficient cooling. Check here for K-CEP news, resources, and FAQs.