The Cooling Hub brings together state and non-state members to build high-level political leadership and facilitate collaboration on enhancing energy efficiency in the cooling sector, while countries simultaneously implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
The Hub supports action in the sector by:
Sixty percent of HFC consumption today comes from topping up leaky equipment. The other 40% is used in new equipment.
Emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration are expected to rise by 90% (compared to 2017 levels) by 2050. This would be equivalent to an additional 30% of CO2 emissions.
Almost 80% of the climate impact from cooling comes from the electricity generated to power the equipment.
Improving air conditioning efficiency could as much as double the climate benefit of the Kigali Amendment.
Implementing the Kigali Amendment can avoid up to 0.1ºC of warming by 2050 and up to 0.4ºC by 2100. These climate benefits can be more than doubled by improving the energy use of refrigeration and cooling equipment globally.
The CCAC has a detailed timeline to support these goals:
The CCAC has a strong track record on industry engagement and mobilizing political leaders to support action on HFCs. We have also developed and implemented technology demonstration projects and case studies to promote HFC alternatives.
Our work follows a set of tailored approaches to achieving the goals of increased national and industry action on cooling. These include:
The Cooling Hub is co-led by Japan and the Maldives. Co-leadership by countries ensures government engagement and ownership of the solutions. Co-leads provide valuable insights into the policy process to help ensure implementation is practical from a national perspective.
The Cooling Hub Leadership Group consists of both state and non-state members that provide guidance and expertise, and connect the Hub to activities underway beyond the CCAC.