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COP 27 took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt this year. This is particularly exciting as it drew attention to sustainability and climate efforts and initiatives in the MENA region.

The Cool Up team had a highly experienced team at COP covering climate, finance, and cooling expertise to help accelerate action towards sustainable cooling and beyond. Our focus is to stay closely linked to the national targets, strategies, plans, and programmes in partner countries.

The Cool Up programme organised and further participated in several events. We addressed the necessary market and paradigm shift to upscale solutions for sustainable cooling and provide an overview of sustainable cooling applications employing natural refrigerants and their role in reducing the overall electricity demand and reducing environmental impacts. The importance of national cooling plans in the countries under discussion were addressed, including high sector-specific ambition and financing models for transitioning to sustainable cooling technologies.

Join us at our side events:

Date Time Location Title Speakers
9 Nov 2022 17:30 – 18:30 Closed event, by invitation only Just Climate Transition
• Katja Eisbrenner, Director, Guidehouse
• Prosus Naspers speakers
11 Nov 2022 09:00 – 10:00 RCREEE Pavilion National Best Practices and Lessons Learned on District Cooling Deployment
Eslam Mahdy, Guidehouse
• Agathe Lacombe, meetMED
• Maged Mahmoud, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
• Roberta Boniotti, MEDENER Secretary General
11 Nov 2022 13:00 – 14:30 RCREEE Pavilion District Cooling: A Low Carbon Solution to Cool Cities
• Eng. Maha Mostafa – RCREEE Chairwoman
• Fethi HANCHI – General Manager – National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) – Tunisia (TBC)
• Katja Dinges, Associate Director, Guidehouse
• Antonio Di Cecca, COO – Tabreed
• Nigel Jollands, Head of Sustainable Business and Infrastructure, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (TBC)
• Moderator: Giorgia Rambelli, Director Mission Innovation Urban Transitions Mission, Secretariat of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
12 Nov 2022 18:30 – 20:00 UNFCCC Official Side Event

Tutankhamun (100)

Deploying a Broad Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Advance Energy Transition & Decarbonization
• Katja Dinges, Guidehouse
• Peter Schlosser, Arizona State University
• Kolja Kuse, e5
• Brendan Wallace, Fifth Wall
• Brian Vaasjo, Capital Power
• Amanda Ellis, Arizona State University
14 Nov 2022 20.00-20.45 Türkiye Pavilion Combating Climate Change, Efficient Use of Energy, Energy Planning and the Expansion of Renewable Energy

• Doğancan Beşikci, Renewable Energy Association (EUROSOLAR Türkiye)

• Prof. Dr. Hasan Heperkan, Istanbul Aydın University, Renewable Energy Association (EUROSOLAR Türkiye)

• Egemen Sulukan, Energy System Analysis and Modelling Expert

• Moderator: Prof. Dr. Tanay Sıdkı Uyar, Renewable Energy Association (EUROSOLAR Türkiye)

15 Nov 2022 10:00 – 10:45 Türkiye Pavilion ‘After Kigali Amendment’ – Towards a National Cooling Plan in Türkiye
• Dr. Nesen Surmeli-Anac, Guidehouse
• Meral Mungan Arda, United Nations Development Programme Türkiye
• Nuri Ozbagdatli, United Nations Development Programme Türkiye
• Dr. Veysel Selimoğlu, Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, Türkiye
15 Nov 2022 14:00 – 15:00 IsDB Pavillion Catalyzing the Sustainable Cooling Shift – Doubling Climate Benefits

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• Dr. Nesen Surmeli-Anac, Guidehouse
• Dr. Veysel Selimoğlu, Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, Türkiye
• Dr. Mohamed Salheen, Integrated Development Group Company
• Eng. Sawsan Bawaresh, Royal Scientific Society
• Brian Dean, Sustainable Energy for All
16 Nov 2022 13:15-14:45 Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention Centre Sustainable Cooling: A Multipurpose Tool to Deliver on Net-Zero,
Adaptation, Food & Energy Security
• Dr. Hak Mao, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia
• Axum Teferra, Clean Cooling Collaborative
• Carla Della Maggiora, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy
• Sirpa Helena Jarvenpaa, United Nations Office for Project Services
• Representative, Government of Pakistan (TBC)
• Moderator: Dr. Nesen Surmeli-Anac, Associate Director, Cool Up Programme

We’re working in the international space, but we’re also connecting the outcomes to implementation in different countries. It’s really about understanding the international needs, understanding the country need, and linking that to implementation and enabling scale-up.

Katja Eisbrenner, Director, Guidehouse

Seven core ideas build the foundation for Cool Up at COP:

Cool Up is here to support the sustainable cooling transition in the region

The Cool Up Programme aims to accelerate the technological change and early implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement in the MENA region and to promote sustainable cooling specifically in four partner countries: Türkiye, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Cool Up supports stakeholders in the sustainable cooling transition

The Cool Up Programme has brought various stakeholders in MENA region together with the goal of preparing the market for new and sustainable cooling approaches and methods. This is being done through awareness raising, the promotion of demonstration projects and bringing together policy makers and industry leaders.

Sustainable cooling is a key player in mitigation strategies in MENA region

The transition to natural refrigerants and sustainable cooling can accelerate both the global climate and ozone agendas. Enabling natural refrigerants and energy efficient solutions can mitigate the effects of rising cooling demand in the MENA region. The Cool Up programme stands strongly with the implementation of the Glasgow Climate Pact to call for a review of ambitions in NDCs with respect to sustainable cooling and create a work program for ambitions on mitigation in the region.

Sustainable Cooling goes beyond the global goal of adaptation

The Cool Up Programme supports the global agenda for action on adaptation and encourages early implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement. In this context, the programme promotes sustainable cooling and accelerates the transfer of climate friendly technologies in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors and promotes green cooling technologies.

There are investment/market opportunities in sustainable cooling technologies

Facilitating climate finance is one of the Cool Up Programme’s goals. This includes providing financing for sustainable approaches and energy efficient cooling technologies and their development. The programme promotes financial instruments for accessing global funds such as the Montreal Multilateral Fund targets customers in the cooling sector.

We can re-enforce each other’s work on sustainable cooling and share experiences/successes

Knowledge transfer and training is among Cool Up’s key pillars. The programme encourages new ideas for demonstration projects and joint demonstration activities. Stakeholders of different sectors share implementation experience of sustainable cooling on various technological, regulatory, and financial aspects.

Cool Up stakeholders are an important part of realising the transition to sustainable cooling

Cool Up stakeholders have adopted multi-sectoral actions to promote the cooling market through new financing models, industry awareness, high-capacity increases or implementation, policy support, and capacity building. Stakeholders play a key role in the advancement of partnership and collaboration to deliver the programme goals. It is time to join the Cool Up programme’s vision in realizing the transition to sustainable cooling.