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IKEA’s $25m backing for Clean Cooling Collaborative

USA: The Clean Cooling Collaborative, the philanthropic programme focused on decarbonising the cooling sector, has received a $25m grant from the IKEA Foundation.

The grant will support the Clean Cooling Collaborative’s work to influence governments, industries, and consumers towards using efficient, climate-friendly cooling technologies.

“Climate change is fuelling record-setting heat waves around the globe, which put the lives and livelihoods of over 1.2 billion people at risk due to a lack of access to cooling,” said IKEA Foundation programme manager Edgar van de Brug. “We’re proud to join the Clean Cooling Collaborative and support their ambitious plan to promote efficient, climate-friendly cooling solutions to reduce emissions and create a healthy planet for people worldwide.”

Formerly known as The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), the Clean Cooling Collaborative is the largest philanthropic programme working to transform the cooling sector. The programme has launched a new set of strategies that put the clean cooling community on a path to avoid 100 gigatons of CO2e emissions globally by 2050.

“We believe cooling should be a human right, and the sector must be on a more sustainable and accessible path as demand for air conditioning explodes worldwide,” said Clean Cooling Collaborative director Noah Horowitz.

The Collaborative’s efforts are centred on: reducing the need for mechanical cooling through improved building design and urban planning; optimising mechanical cooling technologies and their use to be more efficient, climate-friendly and grid-friendly; and increasing access to efficient, climate-friendly cooling for people at risk from the threats of extreme heat.

The programme is targeting the regions projected to be responsible for 75% of all global cooling-related emissions over the next 30 years: India, China, Southeast Asia, and the United States.

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