About 10 air conditioners will be sold every second for the next 30 years as demand for cooling systems skyrockets during increasingly frequent heatwaves. A new $25 million grant from the IKEA Foundation to the Cleaning Cooling Collaborative will seek to transform the cooling sector to reduce emissions and improve lives.
The Clean Cooling Collaborative is the leading global philanthropic programme focused on curbing greenhouse gas emissions from cooling. It will use the grant from IKEA over the next four years to advance solutions for efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all by working to shift governments, industries, and consumers towards using efficient, climate-friendly cooling technologies and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
‘Climate change is fueling record-setting heat waves around the globe, which put the lives and livelihoods of over 1.2 billion people at risk due to a lack of access to cooling,’ said Edgar van de Brug, programme manager Climate Action, at IKEA Foundation. ‘We’re proud to join the Clean Cooling Collaborative and support their ambitious plan to promote efficient, climate-friendly cooling solutions to reduce emissions and create a healthy planet for people worldwide.’
Cooling represents more than seven per cent of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, and it is poised to double by 2050 unless there are interventions to improve a full range of cooling solutions.
‘We believe cooling should be a human right, and the sector must be on a more sustainable and accessible path as demand for air conditioning explodes worldwide,’ said Noah Horowitz, director of the Clean Cooling Collaborative.
‘We welcome the IKEA Foundation to the Clean Cooling Collaborative. Their generous support will help supercharge our collective efforts to boost appliance efficiency and the use of climate-friendly refrigerants, expand global access to more sustainable cooling, and use these solutions to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come.’