The Cool Coalition is a global multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors from government, cities, international organizations, businesses, finance, academia, and civil society groups to facilitate knowledge exchange, advocacy and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling. The Cool Coalition promotes an ‘avoid-shift-improve-protect holistic and cross-sectoral approach to meet the cooling needs of both industrialized and developing countries through urban form, better building design, energy efficiency, renewables, and thermal storage as well as phasing down HFCs. Cool Coalition members are collaborating on science, policy, finance and technology to meet growing demands for cooling in a comprehensive manner, all aimed at raising climate ambition in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, while complementing the goals of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The overall approach is to:
- REDUCE where possible the need for mechanical cooling through better urban planning and building design, and the use of nature-based solutions such as green public spaces and green roofs and walls.
- SHIFT cooling to renewables, district cooling approaches, solar powered cold chains, etc.
- IMPROVE conventional cooling by increasing the efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and demand response measures.
- PROTECT vulnerable people from the effects of extreme heat and consequences of unreliable medical and agricultural cold chains.
- LEVERAGE cooperation between different actors active in cooling to achieve a greater collective impact