Consumer Goods Forum also urges industry, governments to roll back HFCs.
Un headquarters, New York City
At the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit (Climate Week) in New York City this week, partners of the Cool Coalition announced major new commitments on efficient, climate-friendly cooling designed to positively impact the climate crisis, help achieve sustainable development and save trillions of dollars.
Also this week, the Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum, a coalition of food retail and consumer goods companies, call on “our industry partners” to match CGF’s commitment to HFC-reduction and “work together to achieve sustainable commercial refrigeration worldwide,” according to a document CGF shared with shecco (publisher of this website).
CGF also called on governments “to facilitate the rollout of energy efficient HFC-free cooling systems including through effective implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.”
“We believe CO2 transcritical technology is technically reliable and can provide more than 20% energy efficiency improvements compared to HFCs, while the usage of heat recovery will lead to 30% less heat demand,” said Olaf Schulze, director of energy management, METRO AG, a member of CGF. “We are fully independent of HFC price development for refrigerant refills. We are convinced that CO2 transcritical will make us fit for the future and will contribute to our climate targets,”
Transition to efficient cooling
Led by UN Environment, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), the five-month-old Cool Coalition aims to facilitate a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling. The coalition comprises over 80 partners from the private sector, government, cities, international organizations, finance, academia and civil society.
The Cool Coalition’s commitments include governments promising to develop comprehensive national cooling plans, major companies in the cooling industry pledging to cut the emissions of their products, and donors providing new funding, according to a document on unenvironment.org.
“Three years ago, the world adopted the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out the hydrofluorocarbon greenhouse gases used in cooling,” said Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment of Rwanda. “If successfully implemented, the Kigali Amendment, coupled with better energy efficiency, will avoid a full one degree of warming by the end of the century. Efficient cooling is essential to achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement.”
“Getting cooling right offers a three-in-one opportunity to cut global warming, improve the lives of millions of people, and realize huge financial savings,” said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen. “The Cool Coalition is a powerful new collective force for realizing these and many other benefits. UNEP is delighted to be working with such a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the transition towards efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all.”
The following is a list of pledges issued in support of the Cool Coalition:
- Twenty-six countries, including Bangladesh and the Philippines, will adopt comprehensive national cooling plans.
- Led by France, several countries are committing to the Biarritz Pledge for Fast Action on Efficient Cooling.
- Five countries – the Dominican Republic, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal and Spain – have committed to integrate cooling in their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris climate accord.
- Additional countries making cooling-related pledges include Andorra, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Djibouti, Hungary, Japan, Lebanon, Norway and United Kingdom.
- The World Bank Group and the Green Climate Fund are integrating clean and efficient cooling across their lending/investment portfolios.
- The Children’s Investment Future Fund (CIFF) has pledged an additional US$20 million in funding for cooling, bringing K-CEPfunding to over USD 60 million.
- C40 cities, including Copenhagen, Medellin and Barcelona, will work with their network of more than 90 member cities to share expertise and integrate urban cooling into their climate action plans to reduce energy consumption while improving air quality.
- Electrolux and Mabe will publicly release plans by the end of 2019 to switch to lower global warming potential refrigerants in all of their cooling product lines. Engie plans to invest between €1.8-2.0 (US$ 2.0-2.2) billion in highly efficient district cooling systems by 2024. Others will scale up pilot projects – for example, EMPOWER will support projects in 10 new cities and Tabreed will invest in cooling efficiency innovations in seven countries.
“We believe CO2 transcritical technology is technically reliable and can provide more than 20% energy efficiency improvements compared to HFCs, while the usage of heat recovery will lead to 30% less heat demand.” – Olaf Schulzet, METRO AG