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£12m boost for climate-friendly cooling

UK: The UN-led Cool Coalition reports a £12m boost from the UK government in its efforts to reduce the climate impact of the cooling industry.

The £12m of Defra Official Development Assistance programming will be used to provide assistance to developing countries to reduce hydrofluorocarbons and adopt energy efficient cooling solutions.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, the UK minister for Pacific and the environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said, “This funding will support vital work to address inefficient cooling technologies and help develop a resilient and sustainable food supply chain in Africa, delivering the first African centre of excellence for rural cooling and cold chain.”

“The need for cooling in our daily lives – to protect people against heat extremes – will grow. But the way we cool our homes and workplaces is a major driver of climate change. Today, around 10 per cent of the world’s electricity is used for air conditioning. If left unchecked, emissions related to cooling are expected to double by 2030, driven by heat waves, population growth, urbanisation and the demands of a growing middle class,” said Inger Andersen, UNEP executive director.

Related stories:

Cool Coalition agrees major push on cooling efficiency24 September 2019
USA: The Cool Coalition has announced major new commitments to efficient, climate-friendly cooling with governments promising national cooling plans, leading companies pledging product emission cuts and donors providing new funding. Read more…

Cooling Coalition seeks path to sustainable cooling – 8 April 2019
DENMARK: Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment companies Danfoss and Engie are backing a new coalition to accelerate action on the transition to “clean and efficient” cooling. Read more…

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