17 July 2023
14th Clean Energy Ministerial and 8th Mission Innovation meeting (CEM14/MI-8) Side Event – Sustainable cooling for a just and equitable energy transition

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023                             Time: 10:45-12:15 (IST)                         Event Language: English

Format: In-person                                                 Location: Goa, India

Organized by: CEM14/MI-8, SEforALL, UNEP-Cool Coalition


Description & Objectives:

Sustainable cooling is essential for meeting climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or what is increasingly discussed as a “sustainable, just and equitable energy transition”. For the 736 million people living in extreme poverty and the roughly similar population without access to electricity, this represents a great challenge – one increasingly recognized and becoming a subject for climate finance.

The importance of sustainable cooling as a condition for the SDGs and climate goals appears belatedly to be receiving the attention it deserves. But with the clock ticking on the SDGs and a closing window for meeting the Paris climate goals, we have to move faster. This means rapidly scaling up investment in innovative cooling technologies and business models that make lifesaving cooling solutions affordable for all – and sustainable for the planet. In a warming world, we cannot deliver a sustainable, just and equitable energy transitions without them.

Presenting the latest data from Chilling Prospects 2023, this session will bring together government representatives, private sector representatives, and philanthropies to showcase best practices to date and  what is needed to accelerate climate finance for access to cooling.



Moderator: Ms. Lily Riahi, Global Coordinator, Cool Coalition, UNEP

  • Mr. Brian Dean, Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling, SEforALL
  • Mr. Rahma Alshamsi, Lead – Hard-to-Abate, Energy Transition Team, COP28 UAE
  • Mr. Arijit Sengupta, Director in charge of International Cooperation, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • Ms. Sneha Sachar, India Cooling Lead, Clean Cooling Collaborative
  • Mr. Ravindra Dolare, President, Ecozen Solutions
  • Ms. Saumya Malhotra, Programme Officer, Climate, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Mr. Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Senior Advisor, Directorate for Housing, Urban Development and Landscapes, France
  • Ms. Beate Kværnes Langset, Counsellor- Climate and Environment – Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi


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