Cool Up: Upscaling Sustainable Cooling

Energy demand in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to increase by 50 percent by 2040 as a result of climate change, rapidly growing populations, urbanisation, and higher living standards. Cooling represents a large portion of energy consumption and appliances are often inefficient and rely on refrigerants with a high global warming potential. To tackle these problems and mitigate climate change, the Cool Up program promotes accelerated technological change and early implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Paris Agreement in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. The Cool Up approach is based on four pillars: reducing cooling demand, phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons, replacing and recycling inefficient equipment and refrigerants, and training and awareness raising. The program aims to create catalytic change in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and ultimately upscale the deployment of sustainable cooling technologies in the market.

Project data

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey
IKI funding
20,044,360.00 €
Included preparation phase
756,576.00 €
12/2020 till 01/2027
Implementing organisation
Guidehouse Germany GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment - Jordan
  • Ministry of Environment - Lebanon
  • Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation (MoEU) - Turkey
  • Ministry of Environment MoE - Egypt
Implementing Partner
  • Frankfurt School of Finance &amp
  • Management gGmbH
  • Institut für Luft- und Kältetechnik gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH (ILK Dresden)
  • Öko-Recherche GmbH
  • Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

State of implementation/results

  • On 26-28.07.2022, the Cool Up programme in Jordan participated in the national workshop organised by the Jordanian-German Energy Partnership and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. The discussion centred on the development of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP III) in Jordan. The Cool Up team presented sustainable cooling measures that are proposed in the Cool Up regulatory analysis report and selected as priority actions to support sustainable cooling in Jordan (…).
  • In a meeting on 04.08.2022, the Jordan Ministry of Environment Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Al Khashashneh discussed the preparation for the launch of Jordan’s national plan for sustainable air conditioning and refrigeration. In his discussion, Dr. Al Khashashneh cited that the national cooling plan will be developed according to the policy recommendations provided by the Cool Up programme (…).
  • On 15.07.2022, the Cool Up team, represented by Öko-Recherche held a side event at 44th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), in Bangkok, titled „Emission reduction potentials in smaller commercial refrigeration equipment: EU situation, Member State implementation and tapping reduction potentials in the MENA region“, joined by 32 participants (…).
  • Cool Up joined the Cool Coalition in 03/2022 to build ties with the large membership base, contribute to their activities that are relevant for Cool Up and vis-a-versa.
  • The project team joined the MENA Climate Week in Dubai from 28-31.03.2022 (…) .
  • Cool Up hosted a joint webinar with the Global Cool Cities Alliance in 03/2022 (…).
  • Cool Up joined Cairo Climate talks as a panellist and was represented by Dr Mohamed Salheen from national partner IDG, on 27.07.2021 (…).
  • Cool Up co-hosted the side event, titled ‘Upscale energy efficiency financing - identifying and overcoming the investment gap’ in EC pavilion of COP26. The event was organised by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) of the EC.…
  • On 06.10.2021 Cool Up held an international, online launch event (…).

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