As global temperatures reach record highs, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program are working together to identify the challenges and opportunities of providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all.

The Cooling for All initiative focuses on how we provide sustainable access to cooling within a clean energy transition, and in turn, support faster progress to achieve the goals of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, agreed on in Rwanda in 2016.

Cooling solutions are essential for everyday life – from cold supply chains for fresh produce, to safe storage of lifesaving vaccines and medicines, to safe work and educational environments that increase productivity. Access to cooling is not a luxury. It is an issue of equity that underpins the ability of millions to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. And it must be provided to vulnerable populations without causing a rise in global warming emissions and more extreme climate change impacts.

To support this work, SEforALL has established the Cooling for All Secretariat as a coordinating platform for focused responses to the issue of access to cooling. The Secretariat will provide stakeholders with tools and data to support action, and work with industry, donors and civil society to design pilot solutions, set benchmarks for success and report on our collective progress. The Secretariat will also support the work of the Global Panel on Access to Cooling, co-chaired by government leaders from the Marshall Islands and Rwanda.

The Global Panel played a key role in developing the July 2018 SEforALL report, Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All. The report identifies 1.1 billion people who face immediate risks from lack of cooling access, the vast majority of them in Asia and Africa. It also assesses the economic opportunities of the global cooling challenge and suggests actions for accelerating cooling solutions to create sustainable cooling access for all, including the poorest countries and their citizens who are often disproportionately affected.

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