UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led Cool Coalition, with the United Arab Emirates’ incoming presidency of COP28, announced the development of a Global Cooling Pledge and a “Cool COP Menu of Actions” that will feature prominently at COP28.
The Menu will be defined over the coming months in close collaboration with partners including the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
Almost 2.5 billion people do not have access to climate-friendly cooling solutions, according to SEforALL.
Over 1 billion people are at high risk from extreme heat due to a lack of cooling access – the vast majority living in in Africa and Asia.
“Expanding cooling will protect the most vulnerable communities from extreme heat, keep food fresh and vaccines safe, employees productive and digital economies viable,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director at UNEP.
“As cooling expands, we need to prevent cooling-related greenhouse gas emissions from adding fuel to the climate fire. I am therefore pleased that cooling has been put on the global agenda of the next UN Climate Change Conference.”
To galvanise support for sustainable cooling, Denmark has announced that their Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy Dan Jørgensen will step in as a Cool Champion.
“Denmark decided to become a Cool Champion to promote global action on sustainable cooling and bring it to the 2.5 billion people in the global south who lack access,” said Dan Jørgensen , Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Denmark .
”Sustainable cooling is not only the blind spot of the energy transition but can also bring critical co-benefits including food security and health,” he added.
The Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement (GST) is a key process for COP28 to gauge the world’s collective progress towards the goals of the agreement and agree on a new pathway to 2030.