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 complimenting the goals of the the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and 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
The Cool Coalition has come together rapidly under the recognition that cooling is important. Together with its partners, the Cool Coalition is now determining its activities in more detail and what is listed here is indicative. Cool Coalition activities are envisaged to be organised around three key pillars to accelerate a global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling
Advocacy: Highlighting benefits and opportunities of efficient, climate friendly cooling by:
- Sharing the scientific basis for action (e.g. Key messages from the forthcoming Efficient and Clean Cooling Scientific Assessment, the Chilling Prospects Report, the Future of Cooling Report, and the Montreal Protocol’s Scientific Assessment Panel).
- Engaging stakeholders in a campaign that promotes a common narrative on the cooling challenge, frames priority issues, and highlights the different opportunities for action (communications campaign)
- Recognising major progress / milestones in the public, private and civil society communities (e.g. new policies, cooling challenges and prizes, new products and service, and other approaches that highlight what the best of the best are doing)
Action: Mobilizing commitments to action and targets from leaders in government, business, and civil society and connecting these to global policy processes by:
- Facilitating an Annual Cooling Summits as a follow up platform to the UN Climate Action Summit for governments, private sector, civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of fast action on climate friendly, efficient cooling
- Identify common commitments and approaches that multiple organisations can pursue to achieve scale and avoid duplication of effort (e.g. agreement on common policy recommendations, common templates for National Cooling Strategies)
- Connecting different solution providers and decision-makers through events, webinars, calls, networking and social media
- Engaging key leaders and stakeholders in national and international political processes and promoting the inclusion of climate friendly cooling matters in deliberations
- Encouraging stakeholders to act on their commitments to climate-friendly cooling (particularly in the context of the UN Climate Action Summit) and help showcase and report on progress
Knowledge Exchange: Building an active learning community that breaks down silos and promotes cross-cutting approaches by:
- Leveraging the multi-stakeholder network to provide up to date information on the market, policy and investment trends in efficient and climate-friendly cooling vis-à-vis (e.g a Cooling Global Status Report)
- Developing a knowledge platform to share tools and resources on cooling (e.g. IEA’s Kigali tracker, U4E Country Savings Assessments) including an online database of ongoing actions, policies, and projects on efficient, climate friendly cooling and opportunities to get involved.
- Convening technical workshops to share best practice experience and expertise of partners in support of policy implementation, project delivery, and investment