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May 30, 2024

About the Global Cooling Pledge

The Global Cooling Pledge is an initiative launched by the United Arab Emirates during their hosting of the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). It’s part of a larger push for international cooperation on climate change.

  • India not a Signatory.


Reduce Cooling Emissions: The primary aim is to collectively cut cooling-related emissions by at least 68% globally by 2050, compared to 2022 levels. This aligns with keeping global warming below 1.5°C and achieving net-zero emissions.

Increase Sustainable Cooling Access: The pledge emphasizes significantly increasing access to sustainable cooling solutions by 2030, especially for vulnerable populations.

Boost Efficiency: It aims to raise the global average efficiency of new air conditioners by 50%


Voluntary Participation: The pledge is voluntary, with countries signing on to demonstrate their commitment.

National Actions: Countries will achieve the goals through domestic actions aligned with their existing plans and priorities.

International Collaboration: The pledge also encourages knowledge sharing and collaboration between countries to accelerate progress.


Focus on Cooling: While most climate efforts target energy production, this pledge specifically addresses the growing global demand for cooling, which is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable Solutions: The pledge promotes sustainable cooling technologies that are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Improved Living Standards: Increased access to sustainable cooling can improve living standards, especially in developing countries with hot climates.

 Current Status:

  • Launched in 2023: The pledge is a recent initiative, and information about participating countries is evolving. You can find updates on the list of signatories on the website of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) [UN Environment Programme Global Cooling Pledge].
  • Action and Monitoring: The success of the pledge will depend on the participating countries’ concrete actions and monitoring mechanisms to track progress towards the stated goals.

The Global Cooling Pledge represents a significant step towards addressing the challenge of climate change by tackling the growing issue of cooling emissions. Its effectiveness will depend on the level of international cooperation and the commitment of participating countries to implementing sustainable cooling solutions.



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