Mr. Nicolas Encausse from France’s Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition opened the meeting by highlighting efforts by France to prioritise efficient cooling during its presidency of the G7. This included launching the new CCAC Efficient Cooling Initiative at the G7 Environment Ministers meeting in Metz last May, and launching the “Biarritz Pledge for Fast Action on Efficient Cooling” during the G7 Summit in Biarritz in August 2019. There are currently 15 signatory countries to the pledge who have agreed to take immediate actions to improve efficiency in the cooling sector while phasing down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants as per the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
Mr. Encausse encouraged more countries to sign onto the Biarritz Pledge and collaborate through the Coalition’s Efficient Cooling Initiative, to promote good practices and available alternatives, facilitate market transition, and find more financing opportunities beyond the Multilateral Fund.
To highlight the good practices and alternative technologies available to reduce cooling’s impact on the climate the Coalition’s HFC Initiative launched the report “Lower-GWP Alternatives in Stationary Air Conditioning: A Compilation of Case Studies”.
Stationary air conditioning is the largest and most rapidly growing area of HFC use, particularly in developing countries, and is associated with significant indirect emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from electricity consumption. The report presents ten case studies from around the world to show industry and government policymakers the feasibility of adopting lower-GWP energy efficient refrigerants. The case studies focus on a range of different geographic locations, climates, refrigerants, and technologies and considers the energy efficiency benefits of alternative systems, as well as the cost, safety, availability, and environmental impacts.
The report also serves as a reference guide for end-users and system purchasers on factors to consider when transitioning to lower-GWP air conditioning. It was launched by Ms. Nancy Akerman from US Environmental Protection Agency and Mr. Daniel de Graaf from the German Environment Agency.
Partners also outlined areas they were working on in the cooling sector.
Mr. Hidekazu Kuraya, Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Policy of the Ministry of Environment of Japan, announced Japan would launch an initiative for the Life-Cycle Management of Fluorocarbons at the upcoming COP25 in Madrid this December. He stressed Japan’s continued commitment and collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Mr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Climate and Environment Division, emphasized the need for a holistic approach to find integrated solutions for addressing food security and climate change.
Mr. Chris Malley, Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), shared how the CCAC is working with developing countries on national climate and air quality using the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning - Integrated Benefits Calculator (LEAP-IBC). SEI is developing an upcoming module for the tool that will integrate refrigerant choice and energy efficiency to support countries to develop strategies to meet their commitments under the Kigali Amendment and assess the impacts and benefits of those strategies for climate, energy consumption, air quality, and public health.
Engr. Idris Abdullahi, Assistant Director and National Ozone Officer for the Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria shared their experience in developing their National Sustainable Cooling Plan, which is supported by UNIDO and funded by K-CEP.
An expert panel also discussed how countries can transition faster to energy-efficient and lower-GWP solutions to cooling.