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PAST EVENT | International Conference on Sustainable Cooling
Venue: 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington DC

The International Conference on Sustainable Cooling took place November 28-30, 2018 at the World Bank in Washington D.C. The conference was organized by the World Bank’s Montreal Protocol team in the Climate Change Group together with the World Bank’s Energy Global Practice.

The aim was to bring together representatives from governments, the private sector, financial institutions and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainable cooling in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Kigali Amendment.

This is a critical time to discuss these issues. Electricity demand for cooling is increasing quickly, driven by the rise of temperatures and a rapidly expanding middle class in many developing countries. The International Energy Agency’s recent report showed that by 2050 around two-thirds of the world’s households could have an air-conditioner, leading to a tripling of energy demand. More importantly, and as shown in the Sustainable Energy for All’s report, more than a billion people still lack access to cooling for their basic needs. Actions to ensure that cooling is sustainable, affordable and accessible to all are essential to achieving the SDGs.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and strengthen collaboration with organizations and partners interested in taking action. 

Below, please find the agenda, speaker presentations of the three-day conference and recordings of Day 1.

Agenda with links to presentations

DAY 1 | Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Session 1 |

Welcome Remarks: Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

Framing the Issue: Toby Peters, Professor, University of Birmingham, UK Presentation 

Access to Affordable, Sustainable Cooling: Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO for Sustainable Energy for All

Panel Discussion, moderated by John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank

  • Victor Urrutia, Secretary of Energy, Panama 
  • Ricardo Lara, California State Senator
  • Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute (by video)
  • John Galyen, CEO, North America, Danfoss Cooling
  • Iain Campbell, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Ranjit Lamech, Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

Session 2 | Cooling for Healthy, Resilient, Stable Societies - Setting the Stage

  • Glenn Pearce-Oroz, Policy and Programme Director, Sustainable Energy for All (Presentation)
  • Kathleen Gaffney, Senior Program Manager, International Energy Agency (Presentation)
  • Milina Battaglini, Manager, Montreal Protocol Unit, The World Bank (Presentation)

Session 3 | Thinking Ahead: What are the Solutions for Sustainable and Affordable Clean Cooling?

  • Rushad Nanavatty, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute (Presentation)

Session 4 | A Focus on the Policy and Regulatory Aspects of the Cooling Challenge

  • Eric Gibbs, Chief Policy & Analysis Officer, CLASP (Presentation)
  • Martina Otto, Head of the Global Alliance on Buildings and Construction (Presentation)
  • Kurt Shickman, Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance (Presentation)
  • Ashok Sarkar, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank (Presentation)

Session 5 | Scaling-up Efficient Clean Cooling: What is Needed and How to Finance it?

  • Soumya P. Garnaik, Chief General Manager (Technical), Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India (Presentation)
  • Marco G. Monroy, CEO, MGM Innova Capital (Presentation)
  • Stephen Andersen, Director of Research, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (Presentation)
  • Mariano Gonzalez, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank (Presentation)

Session 6 | Private Sector Engagement to Accelerate the Cooling Market Transformation: What's Needed?

  • James Wolf, Presidential Member ASHRAE, President of Global Policy Associates and Consultant to Ingersoll Rand, Trane (Presentation)
  • Samir Hamed, Petra Engineering Industries Company, Jordan (Presentation)
  • Mark Stanga, Policy advocate, Daikin (Presentation)

DAY 2 | Thursday, November 29, 2018

Session 7 | Challenges and Business Opportunities for Cold Chain Development

  • Rajan Rajendran, Co-Chair, Global Food Cold Chain Council (Presentation)
  • Pat Maughan, Managing Director, Hubbard Products Limited (Presentation)
  • Julien Million, Senior Fisheries Specialist, The World Bank (Presentation)
  • Amanda Brondy, Director of International Projects, Global Cold Chain Alliance (Presentation)
  • Mahesh Patankar, Managing Director, MP Ensystems Advisory Pvt. Ltd. (Presentation)
  • Sushila Maharjan, Senior Manager, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Presentation)

Session 8 | AC and Refrigeration Technology: Getting to Market

  • Anette Meyer Holley, Business Manager, Building Services Research and Information Association (Presentation)
  • Scott Nicholson, Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Mapping the Air Conditioner Compressor Supply Chain (No Presentation)
  • Philipp Denzinger, Proklima International, Costa Rica Coordinator, GIZ-Solar Cooling Technology (Presentation)
  • Aaswath Raman, Co-Founder, CSO, SkyCool Systems (Presentation)

Session 9 | Kigali Amendment: Status and Linkages

  • Suely Carvalho, OORG expert- Energy efficiency and the Montreal Protocol agenda:  Rationale and experiences (Presentation)
  • Thanavat Junchaya, Senior Environmental Specialist, The World Bank-  Status of Discussion on Decisions Related to Maintaining and/or Enhancing Energy Efficiency under the MLF (Presentation)

Session 10 | Refrigerants with Low Global Warming Potential: An Update

  • Piotr Domanski, OORG Expert- Recent Developments in Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives(Presentation)
  • Philipp Denzinger, ProKlima International, Costa Rica Coordinator, GIZ - Natural Refrigerants (Presentation)
  • Radhey Agarwal, OORG Expert – Refrigerants in High Ambient Temperature Countries (Presentation)

Session 11 | HFC and Energy Efficiency Initiatives: Early Experiences

  • Mary-Ellen Foley, Senior Environmental Specialist, The World Bank- Funding Options for Energy Efficient Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Presentation)
  • Ana Maria Carreno, Manager, CLASP- KCEP Readiness Manufacturing Initiative: Findings from the AC markets in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines (Presentation)
  • Thanavat Junchaya, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank- AC conversion in Thailand: Case Study (Presentation)

DAY 3 | Friday, November 30, 2018

Session 12 | Addressing Energy Efficiency while Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

  • Alexander Hillbrand, Natural Resources Defense Council - Energy Efficiency Finance and the Montreal Protocol (Presentation)
  • Mary-Ellen Foley, Senior Environmental Specialist, The World Bank- Energy Efficiency Opportunities in refrigeration and AC: Findings of the WB Funding Needs and Options for HCFC and HFC Phase-out (Presentation)
  • Thanavat Junchaya, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank- Results from Modeling Impact, Co-Benefits and Costs (Presentation)
  • Karim Amrane, AK Consulting Services- Preliminary Results of the World Bank Low-GWP Alternative Demonstration Project in Saudi Arabia (Presentation)
  • Nihar Shah, Deputy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (by VC) & Ambereen Shaffie, Managing Partner, Shaffie Law and Policy - A Framework for Joint or Coordinated Investment in EE and Refrigerant Transition (Presentation)

Session 13 | Strategies and Planning: Implementing the Kigali Agenda

For more information, email Patricia Braxton, World Bank's Montreal Protocol Team: