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Deadline for submission of ideas: 

15 March 2023

Eligible project countries: 

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Türkiye

Eligible applicants

Anyone can submit project ideas for the competition, however, Cool Up is particularly interested in working with:

  • Building owners or investors (private or public)
  • Retail and hospitality i.e., supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, etc.
  • Municipalities
  • Architects, technical advisors, and engineers
  • Local equipment manufacturers that are converting to natural refrigerants

Eligible cooling technologies: 

Technologies that use natural refrigerants or no refrigerants for commercial air conditioning, residential air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration.

Project duration: 

~2 years (including monitoring and evaluation)

Demonstration projects benefits

The demonstration projects will serve as role models for an accelerated and broad uptake of sustainable cooling in the MENA region and Türkiye. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a range of support from Cool Up.

Technical assistance
  • Support for technology selection cost-benefit and risk-analyses
  • Support for technology procurement and commissioning
  • • Monitoring and support for system optimisation
  • •  Support for servicing and maintenance
Financing the project
  • Capacity building support for accessing project funding, such as loans or third-party funding
  • Financial support for transitioning to more sustainable solution, depending on the eligibility of the project idea (e.g. financial support for purchase of equipment)
Visibility and outreach
  • Promotion on the Cool Up website, social media, and other channels and high visibility as front runner and role model for sustainable cooling in the region and beyond


  • •  Capacity building support for policies and regulations 


  • •  Support for other marketing activities

Need more information?

Download the FAQs, glossary, and overview of eligible cooling technologies.

Project evaluation and criteria

The selection will be done considering the aim of Cool Up programme in showcasing environmental, technical, financial advantages of sustainable cooling technologies. The selection will be guided by, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Energy saving potential​
  • High impact (scalability and commercial viability on the long-term perspective, energy and emissions savings)
  • Replicability
  • Domestically produced and/or distributed technologies is an advantage
  • Preference of new in-kind technology to the specific country (no support for early-stage R&D technologies)
  • Compatibility with a fully renewable energy supply
  • Availability of spare parts and after sales service (if not already available, it needs to be created with the project setup)


The selection of projects consists of two phases:
  1. Interested parties will submit an idea. Cool Up will review all applications and make a shortlist pre-selection from the submissions that meet the minimum requirements, and that represent the most promising project ideas.
  2. Shortlisted projects will be notified and asked to provide additional information to assist Cool Up in selecting its final demonstration projects.

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