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K-CEP launches new facility to help governments scale up climate-friendly cooling solutions ahead of COP26.

K-CEP launches new facility to help governments scale up climate-friendly cooling solutions ahead of COP26.

*** Please read the latest update on the NDC Support Facility | June 9, 2020 ***

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) has launched a facility that will provide funding and guidance to support developing countries in scaling up efficient, climate-friendly cooling policies and initiatives. The NDC Support Facility for Efficient, Climate-Friendly Cooling (NDC Support Facility) will make up to US$12 million available to organizations to support governments that aim to integrate such cooling solutions into the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which are expected to culminate at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

The global need for efficient, climate-friendly cooling

Around 1 billion people are at risk from a lack of access to cooling, which impacts their health and livelihoods, as well as a number of other UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As incomes and living standards improve in many developing countries, and with the anticipated rise in global temperatures, the demand for cooling is set to soar. According to the International Energy Agency, it is expected that global energy demand for air conditioning will triple by 2050 for example. If we are slow to transition to the more efficient, climate-friendly cooling options available today, it is projected that the emissions from cooling could exceed the remaining carbon budget required to achieve the Paris target of limiting warming to 1.5°C within the next few decades.

“Current climate mitigation efforts put the world on track for a temperature rise of over 3°C,” said K-CEP Director Jessica Brown. “To keep humanity safe, we need to rapidly bend the curve and enhance our emissions reduction efforts. Cooling has emerged as one of the most important areas for climate mitigation and can serve as a winning strategy for countries to strengthen their NDCs in time for the Glasgow COP, helping minimize the society-altering impacts of climate change.”

The NDC Support Facility’s focus is to unlock the significant contribution that efficient, climate-friendly cooling solutions can make to climate and development goals, while simultaneously complementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which aims to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs).

“Undoubtedly, demand for cooling is skyrocketing all over the world. This is increasing pressure on energy demand while intensifying the risks for the planet and its people – especially our children,” said Sonia Medina, Executive Director of the Climate Change Program at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a funding partner of the NDC Support Facility. “Efficient, clean cooling for all underpins many Sustainable Development Goals and represents an opportunity to avoid substantial climate effects and emissions. This facility will not only help to scale up energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling solutions but will help developing countries achieve their goals through strengthening their NDCs, helping them to rapidly reduce emissions.”

Applying for funding from the NDC Facility

The NDC Support Facility has up to US$12 million available for technical assistance to improve access to and the efficiency of cooling in developing countries. Funding will be awarded to organizations that are able to provide technical assistance and other forms of support to eligible Article 5 countries (including Kigali Amendment Group 2 countries such as India) that are making new cooling commitments in their strengthened NDCs for the 2020 UNFCCC climate negotiations (COP26).

Of the total funding available, up to US$5 million has been earmarked for proposals that focus on providing support to small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and US$3.2 million will be dedicated to helping communities that are most at risk from a lack of access to cooling.

Both countries and technical assistance providers are welcome to submit proposals. Application forms can be downloaded from our NDC Support Facility page.

Proposals are due by 11:59 pm EDT on 26th June 2020. K-CEP is working with CEA Consulting, an environmental management consulting firm, to run the facility and will be evaluating proposals before notifying selected applicants during the fall of 2020.

K-CEP is hosting a webinar on the NDC Support Facility at 5:00 pm CET on Tuesday, 28th January. Interested parties are invited to attend the session and can sign-up here.


For more information about the NDC Support Facility or the grant application process, please visit the our NDC Support Facility page or email

Published January 27, 2020