The Cool Coalition is a global multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors to facilitate knowledge exchange, advocacy and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling.
The Coalition’s Governance structure can be visualised as follows:

The Cool Coalition already has more than 130 partners driving change in the cooling sector and is organised around five stakeholder clusters which include national governments and intergovernmental initiatives, cities, businesses, finance, and civil society. See the full list of members at this link.

Learn more about who can join at this link. Applications for Cool Coalition membership requires an endorsement of a “Common Statement”, which can be found at this link.

The 2022-2023 Steering Committee commenced its tenure on 1 April 2022, as the strategy-setting and guidance provider of the Cool Coalition. With its 40 members, it demonstrates and represents the vast membership of the Coalition and the global cooling community, reflecting regional, sectoral, cultural, professional and gender diversity.

The Steering Committee acts as the core governance body of the Coalition and conducts tasks directional and strategic in nature, to:

  • Oversee development of, approve, foster and track progress against the Work Plan and Strategy;
  • Ratify membership applications received by the Cool Coalition Secretariat;
  • Where appropriate, endorse Member activities for Cool Coalition support as contributing directly to the Work Plan and Strategy;
  • Approve formation of Cool Coalition working groups according to agreed requirements for initiating such groups;
  • Engage with donors, financiers and investors to identify opportunities for linked funding sources for both Cool Coalition Member activities and the Secretariat;
  • Oversee production of an annual progress report that sets out the Cool Coalition’s achievements and progress, as well as providing clarity about funds under administration and disbursed during the period.

The Cool Coalition 2022-23 Steering Committee Members are:

  • Satish Kumar, President and Executive Director, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Kevin Fay, Executive Director, Global Food Cold Chain Council
  • Daniel Magallon, Chief Executive Officer, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy
  • Pak Sokharavuth, Head, Ozone Unit, Directorate of Environmental Protection, Cambodia,
  • Jennifer Anderson, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Chief Sustainability Officer, CARRIER,
  • Shruti Narayan, Director South Asia, C40
  • Ana Maria Carreño, Director, CLASP
  • Axum Teferra, Associate Director, Clean Cooling Collaborative
  • Andrea Voigt, Head of Global Public Affairs – Strategy & Sustainability, Danfoss Climate Solutions
  • Dorthea Damkjær, Chief Advisor, Green Diplomacy & Climate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Pedro Guertler, Programme Lead, Place-based Transitions, E3G
  • Samer Khoudeir, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Empower
  • Anh-ha Defoucauld, Head of District Heating and Cooling APAC, Engie
  • Greg Gebrail, Principal Energy Specialist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Maria Koetter, Executive Director, Global Cool City Alliance
  • Andy Deacon, Acting Managing Director, Global Covenant of Mayors
  • Mahamadou Tounkara, Director of Governance, Strategies, Partnerships & Communications, Global Green Growth Institute
  • Suely Carvalho, Senior Advisor, Instituto Clima e Sociedade
  • Steve Kukoda, Executive Director, International Copper Alliance
  • Didier Coulomb, General Director, International Institute of Refrigeration (IIF/IIR)
  • Brian Motherway, Head of the Energy Efficiency Division, International Energy Agency
  • Elizabeth Press, Director, Planning and Programme Support, International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Dany Qian, Global Vice President, Jinko Solar
  • Renae Kezar, VP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls
  • Pablo Moreno, Head of Global Corporate Affairs, Mabe
  • Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra
  • Vishnu Sasidharan, Vice President, New Product initiatives, PLUSS Advanced Technologies
  • Rushad Nanavatty, Managing Director, Urban Transformation, RMI
  • Juliet Kabera, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Rwanda
  • Jiang Yao Feng, Chief Scientist and Vice President, Sanhua Group,
  • Sachin Kumar, Associate Director, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Ian Tansley, Inventor and Chief Technical Officer, Sure Chill
  • Brian Dean, Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
  • Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow & Programme Director, Earth Science and Climate Change, The Energy and Resources Institute
  • Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, UNESCAP
  • Stephen Cowperthwaite, Country, Head of International Ozone Depleting Substances and F-gases, United Kingdom
  • Toby Peters, Professor in Cold Economy, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Cooling, University of Birmingham
  • Pham Van Tan, Deputy Director General, Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Viet Nam
  • Martina Bosi, Senior Economist, World Bank Group
  • Richard Scotney, Global Energy Efficiency Expert, World Wide Fund for Nature

The Steering Committee met in-person for the first time in June 2022 in Nordborg, Denmark.

To expedite decision-making and operational matters, a four-person Executive is elected by the Steering Committee Members to work closely with the Secretariat on an ongoing basis, and determine whether decisions on strategic or operating issues must be referred to the CCSC.

The Executive meets on a monthly basis, and corresponds on a more frequent basis to allow for more regular guidance and input on decision-making to the Secretariat’s work, and more regular updates to both Steering Committee Members and the wider Membership.

The elected executive for 2022-2023 is composed by:

  • Andrea Voigt, Head of Global Public Affairs, Danfoss Climate Solutions
  • Brian Dean, Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling, Sustainable Energy for All
  • Axum Teferra, Associate Director, Clean Cooling Collaborative
  • Graeme Maidment, Heating and Cooling Technical Lead Mission Innovation, UK BEIS

The Cool Coalition Secretariat is housed within UNEP’s Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division. The Secretariat manages the coordination functions of the Cool Coalition, including day-to-day operating decisions relating to advocacy and communications activities, the coordination of Working Groups, and other activities supported under the Workplan.

The Secretariat works with the Executive to ensure that its activities are in line with the Workplan approved by the CCSC. Meet the Secretariat team at this link.

To ensure that all Cool Coalition activities remain grounded in technical feasibility, and will achieve the requirements of broader transition to zero-carbon economies, the Cool Coalition’s efforts are advised by a group of technical experts from the following organisations: UNEP, IEA, IRENA, World Bank, SEforALL, RMI, CEPT University, Carbon Trust, LBNL, ClimateWorks.

The Technical Advisory Group gives guidance and feedback to deliverables and milestones by Cool Coalition members and Working Groups, including to the development of the Global Cooling Stocktake Report.

The Cool Coalition Workplan and Strategy sets out the objectives and activities of the Cool Coalition across three action areas for the calendar years of 2022 – 2023. The activities and indicators have been co-developed with Cool Coalition Steering Committee Members and are based on the Theory of Change, prepared and approved by the Coalition’s Members in 2020.

The workplan is written with the Coalition’s Membership audience in mind, with the intended purpose to both guide and inform Secretariat and Working Groups’ priority activities, and to help building collaborative action on shared priorities for the transition to efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all.

The workplan can be downloaded at this link, and is structured as follows:

The core of the Cool Coalition’s work is driven by members-led working groups. Since September 2019, Coalition members have created 9 working groups on priority intervention areas in the cooling sector.

Each working group is led by one or more Cool Coalition members, who are responsible for hosting coordination meetings with the support of the Secretariat, and for considering new working group members.

You can find the list of working groups and the contacts of their facilitators at this link.