We're making efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all a reality.

Clean Cooling Collaborative works to make cooling more sustainable and accessible.

The benefits of clean cooling

To meet the growing demand for cooling while minimizing its climate impact, we must scale up energy-efficient, climate-friendly solutions. Doing so is necessary if we’re to achieve many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Improving how we cool could avoid significant greenhouse gas emissions and will:

Speed up and lower the cost of the global transition to a clean, more resilient energy grid with fewer power outages.
Reduce food loss and its associated greenhouse gas emissions while improving income for farmers and nutrition for consumers.
Ensure a just transition to a net-zero carbon future by improving the quality of life for people everywhere.
Improve air quality and public health due to reduced pollutant emissions from power plants.
Save trillions of dollars in utility bills and avoided infrastructure investments.

How to cool a warming world

To realize the many benefits of universal access to clean cooling, we will work to:

Avoid and reduce the need for mechanical cooling
through improved building design, urban planning, and other passive cooling techniques.
  • Passive cooling
Optimize and improve cooling technologies and how they're used
to be more energy efficient, climate-friendly, and grid-friendly.
  • Super-efficient AC
  • Demand response
  • Heat pumps
  • Efficiency standards and labels
  • HFC phasedown
  • Cold chain
Increase access to efficient, climate-friendly cooling
for low-income and at-risk communities.
  • Finance

Solution areas

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A global program designed to solve a global problem

While we are a global program, our current grantmaking will largely occur in the four regions that are projected to contribute 75% of cooling-related emissions between now and 2050: China, India, Southeast Asia, and the United States[1]Buildings Model Reference Scenario (2018), IEA.

See a list of Clean Cooling Collaborative grants here.

China

China is the world’s largest producer of room air conditioners, representing 70% of the global market[2]The Future of Cooling (2018), IEA.

India

Cooling demand in India is projected to grow 8-fold by 2038, and by 2050, it could contribute up to 45% of the country’s peak energy demand[3]India Cooling Action Plan (2019), Government of India.

Southeast Asia

In 2017, there were around 40 million air conditioners in Southeast Asia. This is projected to reach 300 million by 2040, half of which will be in Indonesia[4]The Future of cooling in Southeast Asia (2019), IEA.

United States of America

The consumption of air conditioning in U.S. homes is expected to increase by 59% by 2050[5]Annual Energy Outlook (2020), U.S. Energy Information Agency.