K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons.
K-CEP’s four programmatic areas of focus — or “windows” — reflect K-CEP’s origin and the legacy of work on cooling efficiency. In advance of the Kigali Amendment, 18 foundations and individuals offered support for fast-start developing countries to expand energy efficiency while phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This task requires institutional strengthening of the Montreal Protocol as well as deep engagement by countries and through partnerships with the cooling sector. Because the task of making cooling energy efficient is beyond K-CEP’s initial resourcing, additional finance will be leveraged. K-CEP also recognizes the need to extend access to cooling to the poorest countries and communities by supporting a wide range of locally owned cooling solutions and by elevating the importance of cooling in achieving sustainable development goals. All these efforts are connected: they inform, help scale, and strengthen one another, creating an overall program of work in which the sum adds up to more than the parts.
K-CEP prioritizes support for the greatest possible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, working in countries willing to move furthest and fastest, building on existing efforts, and ensuring geographical diversity.
Developing country capacity and ownership is critical for environmentally friendly, energy-efficient cooling. K-CEP supports efforts to enhance the energy efficiency capacity of developing countries by offering support for staff, training and knowledge resources, advice for governments, and funding to integrate energy efficiency into projects. These efforts complement the existing and emerging work of the Montreal Protocol parties, agencies, and institutions.
K-CEP engages with developing countries willing to ambitiously and quickly integrate energy efficiency into solutions to meet the cooling challenge. Partnerships with these countries will help accelerate national and corporate energy efficiency cooling policies, standards, and programs with the potential to reduce emissions and contribute to sustainable development.
In addition to its own grantmaking, K-CEP aims to leverage further financing to implement energy efficiency plans, policies, standards, and programs and to widen access to cooling.
To avoid “lock-in” of high-carbon technologies, access to cooling must be a development priority. K-CEP aims to make environmentally friendly, energy-efficient cooling accessible to all by elevating the profile of cooling as a development priority and by providing support to the poorest countries and people through a range of locally owned cooling solutions.