How efficient cooling can support a green recovery

In June, E3G and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program published a report on how climate-friendly cooling can support a clean, resilient Covid-19 recovery. They identified six key opportunities for including sustainable cooling solutions in stimulus packages that can create jobs, reduce emissions, secure the supply chains of medical care products and food, and boost the economy:

  1. Bailouts for hard-hit sectors that support sustainable cooling: Financial support for sectors such as hospitality is made conditional on the adoption of efficient, climate-friendly cooling, offering long-term savings.
  2. Cooling efficiency in the built environment: Incentives that encourage the use of more efficient technologies in homes, businesses and hospitals. Setting such investments incentives would reduce operational costs for facility operators and create jobs in the manufacturing sector.
  3. Resilient and responsive cold chain logistics for healthcare and food security: Investing in more efficient and less fragmented cooling systems would reduce food and vaccine waste.
  4. Cooling retrofits and passive technologies: Low-capital investments into cooling retrofits and passive technologies can support labor-intensive projects by retrofitting houses and public buildings.
  5. Expanding financing mechanisms to meet cooling needs: Models such as Pay-As-You-Save (PAYS), on-bill financing, Cooling as a Service (CaaS), should be promoted.
  6. Public and private investment in R&D for cooling: Innovators should receive loans and grants to advance their work for more efficient, climate-friendly cooling.