The Climate Action Pathway for Net Zero Cooling

The Climate Action Pathway for Net Zero Cooling is a vision for action to achieve net zero cooling by 2050.

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The Climate Action Pathway for Net Zero Cooling lays out, for the first time, a vision for action to 2050. The pathway, co-authored by the Carbon Trust, Cool Coalition, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, Oxford University and High-Level Champions, details the key milestones that will be necessary to fully implement the Paris Agreement, exceed the Kigali Amendment and contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Publication date: Dec 2020

Key findings

The pathway highlights three key messages to deliver this vision – passive cooling, super-efficient equipment and appliances, and ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. Urgent action is needed to ensure growing demand for future cooling can be met in a sustainable way. By 2050, achieving net zero cooling for all will mitigate up to 260 GtCO2e emissions and by coordinating action across key cooling areas, the costs of decarbonising energy supply can be cut. 

Engagement with industry and other stakeholders will be undertaken in early 2021 and an updated version will be released alongside an action table, evidence pack, and Cool Calculator, which allows stakeholders to make their own assumptions and to create their own pathways to mobilise action to net zero cooling.  

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