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UK pledges £4m for sustainable cooling

UK: Environment secretary Thérèse Coffey has pledged a further £4m to help developing countries drive down HFC usage prior to a reception for Montreal Protocol delegates today.

The funding will go to the African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain, based in Kigali, Rwanda, which delivers training to farmers, healthcare workers and technicians to uptake more climate friendly and energy-efficient cooling.

Thérèse Coffey made the announcement today in advance of a reception at 10 Downing Street for a delegation of climate scientists from the UN Montreal Protocol’s Assessment Panel. The scientists were to discuss the next steps of the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

The Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) was established in 2020 by the governments of the UK and Rwanda, the Centre for Sustainable Cooling, the United Nations Environment Programme’s United for Efficiency initiative and the University of Rwanda.

On top of today’s announcement, a further £1.2m is being allocated towards the development of a roadmap and virtual modelling tools to help developing countries pilot techniques before they are implemented – enabling them to deploy the most efficient and cost-effective approach to more sustainable cooling.

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