United for Efficiency supports Rwanda’s transition to sustainable cooling solutions in the built environment. A holistic approach has been underway since 2018 that ranges from ambitious policies to financial mechanisms, communications campaigns, recycling of old products, and capacity building to ensure that impacts are sustained well into the future. Rwanda has been a champion of sustainable cooling in a variety of arenas, with its capitol as the namesake for the Kigali Amendment and as the home to the new Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain.
RWANDA COOLING INITIATIVE (R-COOL) AND RWANDA COOLING FINANCE INITIATIVE (R-COOL FI)
R-COOL aims to transition the market to environmentally friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies. Rwanda Cooling Finance Initiative (R-COOL FI) supports the development of an on-bill financial mechanism for customers of the national electricity company to repay a loan for energy efficient cooling products via their electricity bill. R-COOL FI is implemented by REMA, and supported by U4E and Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE). The project aims to unlock USD 4 million in financing to support the purchase of 12,500 energy-efficient and climate-friendly cooling products in Rwanda by 2024, which can be scaled-up thereafter to cover additional opportunities. R-COOL and R-COOL FI is made possible by funding from Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and the Government of Rwanda.
- Conduct a market assessment
- Draft a National Cooling Strategy and facilitate minimum energy performance standards and labels adoption
- Develop financial mechanisms – Coolease (commercial), and on-utility bill financing (residential) to be launched in the second quarter of 2021
- Develop and implement communication campaign
- Create a toolkit on Rwanda’s approach and provide capacity building in EAC
AFRICA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE COOLING AND COLD CHAIN (ACES)
ACES was officially launched in 2020 by the Governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom (Defra), the United Nations Environment Programme’s United for Efficiency initiative, the Centre for Sustainable Cooling, and a range of academic institutions. It is hosted by the University of Rwanda (UR) at its Rubirizi Campus in Kigali. The Centre aims to develop and accelerate uptake of sustainable cold chain solutions in the agriculture and health sectors throughout Africa. ACES is executed in four phases:
- Phase I (Q3 2020 – Q1 2021) includes a Cooling Needs Assessment that provides the foundation to the design concept of the Centre.
- Phase II (2021) entails the full design, technology definition, and staffing definition, hiring of Director and Deputy Director of the Centre, establishment of a legal entity, and full design and technology definition of one initial Living Laboratory as a demonstration location in a showcase community in Rwanda.
- Phase III (2022, subject to funding) includes full staff recruitment, purchase and installation of equipment, and commissioning of the Centre followed by and the initial Living Laboratory in Rwanda.
- Phase IV (2023 onwards, subject to funding) will scale-up to pan-African Living Laboratories with demonstrations of ACES solutions in communities in numerous countries, demonstrating new technologies and business models and feeding lessons learned back to the Centre in Kigali. In the meanwhile, the hub in Kigali will train trainers from throughout Africa, enhancing the expertise of academics and technicians / practitioners, and supporting educational opportunities for university students and other stakeholders by engaging them in research and development projects.
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