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IPEEC’s new activity report, Advancing energy efficiency on the global agenda: 2009-2019
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has been dedicated to promoting international collaboration on energy efficiency since its founding in 2009. IPEEC's 10-year anniversary report looks back on how energy efficiency has evolved in the last decade. The report also shares IPEEC’s key achievements over the past year, and ambitions and challenges for the future.
IPEEC invites SEAD stakeholders to read the new report, share it, and spread its central message: "for energy efficiency to become the first fuel, we need to fuel it first".
Click here to access the report and its interactive version here.

Official G20 side event on financing energy efficiency, innovation and clean technology
IPEEC and UNEP FI will co-host the G20 Global Summit on Financing Energy Efficiency, Innovation and Clean Technology on 12 June 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, as an official side event of the Japanese G20 Presidency. The summit will provide the opportunity for leading financial institutions, policy makers and private sector representatives to assess the state of play and define elements of action for G20 economies for the new decade, thereby supporting G20 economies’ objectives to achieve sustainable energy transitions. For more information, please contact [email protected] and [email protected]


New Zealand has joined IEA 4E to become the 14th national member, and will be represented by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).


UN Environment launched the Cool Coalition in April 2019 to raise awareness and rally support for concrete action around the world. There is growing recognition and interest in better cooling solutions and pursuing robust policies. In response, U4E is developing model regulations for refrigerating appliances and air conditioners that will be ready for implementation later this year. These resources build on the approach that used to launch U4E’s first model regulations for general service lamps in 2018.

U4E and OzonAction spearheaded global capacity building through the 2019 Twinning Workshop on sustainable cooling solutions. Senior officials from over 130 developing countries participated in the Workshop, focused on making buildings comfortable and keeping foods and medicines fresh and safe. Getting cooling right is one of the best ways to enhance people’s health and well-being, minimise electricity waste and spikes in demand, save money on utility bills, and mitigate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

To celebrate the final draft of Rwanda’s landmark National Cooling Strategy, a cornerstone of the Rwanda Cooling Initiative, the Government of Rwanda and United for Efficiency hosted an event for top dignitaries from the philanthropic community, international organisations, and cabinet officials. The Ministry of Environment released the video, “Showcasing Rwanda's Fast Action on Clean Cooling and the Kigali Amendment”, which highlights the progress of the Initiative and next steps under this strategy.

In March 2019, UN Environment launched the ECOWAS Refrigerators and Air Conditioners initiative (ECOFRIDGES) in Ghana, and will launch in Senegal in May. ECOFRIDGES aims to unlock at least $25 million in finance for energy-efficient and climate-friendly cooling solutions. This initiative will supporting policies, capacity building, and outreach to stakeholders.

For more information from the UN Environment United for Efficiency (U4E) program, please visit united4efficiency.org/events-and-newsroom.


CLASP is excited to share a first-of-its-kind e-magazine on our expansive cooling portfolio, Cooling in a Warming World: Global Markets & Policy Trends.
We are entering a new era in which hundreds of millions of people in developing and emerging economies have the economic means to purchase air conditioners, and enjoy the benefits of cooling for the first time in human history. CLASP and our partners are working hard to curtail rapid growth in cooling-related energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions through ambitious energy efficiency policy interventions.
Cooling in a Warming World, presents an in-depth look at the state of air conditioning markets, policies, and compliance efforts around the world. Regions of focus include Africa, South America, and South and Southeast Asia. CLASP is proud to be part of a broad community of experts, governments, and philanthropies turning knowledge into actions and creating smart solutions to the climate crisis.