Cooling is essential in a warming world
The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program envisions a world in which efficient, clean cooling is accessible to all.
The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic collaborative that works in tandem with the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by helping developing countries transition to energy-efficient, climate-friendly, and affordable cooling solutions. Under the Kigali 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 0.4° C of global warming by the end of the century, and up to 0.5° C if the phasedown is accelerated. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling in order to double the climate benefits and significantly increase the development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.
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 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.
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 efficient, clean cooling. Check here for K-CEP news, resources, and FAQs.