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Jan 2017 – Dec 2018

Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme



Multiple countries – Global

To support coordination the $52 million Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme

$800,000 Grant Value

Other funders

  • Barr Foundation -

  • Bill Gates -

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -

  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation -

  • Heising-Simons Foundation -

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -

  • Josh and Anita Bekenstein -

  • John and Ann Doerr -

  • Laura and John Arnold -

  • Oak Foundation -

  • Open Philanthropy Project -

  • Pisces Foundation -

  • Sandler Foundation -

  • Sea Change Foundation -

  • Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor -

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -

  • Wyss Foundation

In advance of the Kigali Amendment, 18 foundations and individuals offered support for fast-start developing countries to expand energy efficiency while phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). 

This resulted in the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), a $52 million philanthropic program which focuses on increasing the energy efficiency of cooling in developing countries to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs. 

K-CEP aims to do this in a number of ways, which are reflected in its four funding windows: 

  • Institutional strengthening of the Montreal Protocol for energy efficiency
  • Cooling Efficiency Policies, standards, and programs in countries
  • Finance
  • Access to cooling

CIFF supports the Efficiency Cooling Office (ECO) which serves as the K-CEP program office, providing grant-making, reporting, program management, and other services to help K-CEP funders and partners maximize the climate and development benefits of K-CEP. 


Under the Kigali Amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of HFCs - potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning - by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.5° C of global warming by the end of the century. 

But this is only half of what can be achieved through the phase down of HFCs. By increasing energy efficiency of cooling appliances at the same time, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, it is possible to double the climate benefit. 

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program aims to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol to deliver these energy efficiency benefits in parallel with the HFC phase down.