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Cool Up's side events at COP28

Future-proofing industry: Pioneering the sustainable cooling transition

December 1, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

This engaging panel discussion on the future of the industry brought together experts to explore innovations in sustainable cooling & natural refrigerants, and how training and capacity building initiatives can lead to a transformational impact. We addressed crucial questions such as: “What strategies can we implement to shape the future of the cooling industry?” and “How can engaging youth in training and capacity building programmes contribute to lasting, transformational change?”

Speakers: Katja Eisbrenner, Guidehouse; Jan Vrins, Guidehouse; Abdullah Khair, Student Energy; Ravi Annapragada, Carrier

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A cool future for Jordan: Upscaling national policies to reach climate target

December 2, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

This panel discussion dove deep into Jordan’s commitment to modernization and its holistic approach to climate and sustainability action, with a focus on sustainable cooling initiatives and the demand for clean energy. During this discussion, we explored how a variety for actors in Jordan are playing their part, and how sustainable cooling supports the country’s future vision.

Speakers: Dr. Nesen Surmeli-Anac, Guidehouse; Dr. Rasmi Hamzeh, JREEF; Roberta Ronzitti, Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security; Eng. Rafat Assi, RSS; Mohammad Ramadan, Cowater

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Clean cooling supporting health and the environment

December 3, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

This event focused on the critical intersection of health and cooling. We addressed the problem of how access to cooling is vital for health and well-being, especially in hot climates, and how traditional cooling systems can contribute to environmental issues. We also explored how sustainable cooling, including the use of natural refrigerants, can offer solutions to these challenges and create a healthier and more environmentally friendly future.

Speakers: Katja Eisbrenner, Guidehouse; Elizabeth Wangeci Chege, SEforALL; Tarik Hassan, UNICEF; Owen Gow, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center; Theo Mitchell, CIFF

Graphics of the side event on clean cooling supporting health and the environment

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Cool solutions for the MENA Region: National Cooling Action Plans

December 3, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

In this event, we provided insights into the key messages and lessons learned from developing National Cooling Action Plans (NCAPs) supported by UNDP and Cool Up. We offered an overview of NCAP preparation, including on the topic of financing, in MENA region countries and take a closer look at the progress in Türkiye. Lastly, we set aside time for National Ozone Units (NOUs) to share their valuable perspectives.

Speakers: Katja Dinges, Guidehouse; Meral Mungan Arda, UNDP Türkiye; Olatunji Yusuf, Lead Climate Change Specialist, IsDB; Shikha Bhasin, UNEP Cool Coalition; Etienne Gonin, UNDP

Graphics of the side event on cool solutions for the MENA Region: National Cooling Action Plans

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Enabling the transition to efficient, climate-friendly cooling in the MENA region

December 4, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

 With the anticipated upsurge in cooling demand due to factors such as heightened temperatures, population growth, and urbanization, the MENA region stands at the cusp of a critical juncture. This event focused on the shift towards efficient, climate-friendly cooling systems that offer not only a response to the increasing thermal stress but also open a realm of investment opportunities that can leverage significant cost savings. Governmental stakeholders, developed markets, multilateral funds, and the private sector were identified as pivotal contributors in bridging the investment gap to help emerging markets achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

Graphics of the side event on enabling the transition to efficient, climate-friendly cooling in the MENA region

Towards a market transformation in cooling: At the intersection of regulation and financing

December 4, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

Cool Up and United for Efficiency (U4E) explored the intersection of regulation and financing with experts touching on topics such as existing regulatory and financing mechanisms for sustainable cooling, implementation of model regulations for sustainable cooling, how regulation paves the way for financing the sustainable cooling transition, and more in this event.

Speakers: Ceren Ozkan, UNDP Türkiye; Eslam Mahdy, Guidehouse; Dr. Nihar Shah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Bubacar Waidi Jallow, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, The Gambia; Okon Ekpenyong, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Jonathan Naimon, Sustana Cooling Partners

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Launch of regional cooling status report. Evening reception.

December 4, RCREEE Pavilion

Cooling our climate with the Montreal Protocol

December 5, Montreal Protocol Pavilion

 This event, organised by Guidehouse, revolved around a collaboration of all Montreal Protocol Pavilion partners, and bridged the climate (COP) and ozone (MOP) worlds through sustainable cooling, integrating natural refrigerants, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Graphics of the side event on Montreal Protocol Pavilion

Accelerating technological change for future-proof cooling by strengthening regional capacities

December 8, RCREEE Pavilion

Sharing knowledge across stakeholders is crucial for the future of sustainable cooling. Skilled workforces will be needed to drive the upscaling of sustainable cooling practices. Learning new skills in shared, regional experiences helps to foster innovation in design and technologies, contributes to the widespread understanding of the economic benefits of sustainable cooling, and supports effective implementation of policies and regulations that contribute to national and international climate targets. This event showcased Cool Up’s theoretical and practical skills training brings together stakeholders in industry, policy, and finance from across our partner countries.

#ThisIsCool challenge winners

December 8, SEforALL pavilion

Speakers: Mustafa Abunofal, Guidehouse

Synergies between fixing ozone layer and reducing climate change

December 9, Egypt Pavilion

Speakers: Mustafa Abunofal, Guidehouse

Progress, opportunities, and insights of sustainable cooling in MENA – Launch of Cool Up`s 2nd MENA Region Cooling Status Report

December 09,  Montreal Protocol Pavilion

This event officially launched the second edition of Cool Up’s MENA Region Cooling Status Report. This event provided a sneak peek into the report which is centered around the question “Where are MENA and Türkiye in the transition to sustainable cooling?” We heard from report contributors as to why the MENA region is gaining increasing importance in international climate action, and how sustainable cooling can play a significant role in achieving international climate goals.

Speakers: Alexander Pohl, Guidehouse; Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, RCREEE; Xiaofang Zou, UNDP; Selimcan Azizoglu, UNDP; Etienne Gonin, UNDP; Paula Avila Hernandez, UNIDO; Amr Sobhy, IsDB

Graphics of the side event on progress, opportunities, and insights of sustainable cooling in MENA - launch of Cool Up`s 2nd MENA Region Cooling Status Report

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