#AGGF2018 Event: High Level Roundtable on Accelerating Africa’s Switch to Affordable and Efficient Cooling and Lighting

Date & Time: 29 November 2018 | 10:00-12:00

Location: Kigali Convention Centre, AD1


This session on green cooling and lighting will engage high level policymakers and government representatives to discuss how African markets and leapfrog to efficient and clean refrigerators and air conditioners by harmonizing around model regulations that UN Environment is developing. Rwanda will be the first country in the world to adopt these model regulations through the Rwanda Cooling Initiative.

Session Objectives

  • Identify the need and benefits of accelerating Africa’s transition to energy-efficient, affordable, and climate-friendly cooling
  • Propose a declaration be made by political leaders to better align efforts and send a clear signal to industry
  • Introduce the concept of aligning policies for refrigerators and air conditioners in Africa around the model regulations that UN Environment is developing and that Rwanda intends to adopt
  • Programme

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Welcome by the Minister Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda
  • 10:15 – 10:40 Setting a Vision to Transform African Markets
  • 10:40 – 11:10 Rwanda’s Commitment to Lead on Model Regulations for Cooling and Lighting
  • 11:10 – 11:50 Discussion: Going from Vision to Action
  • 11:50 – 12:00 Closing Remarks
  • Partners

    This event is organised by the UN Environment’s United for Efficiency (U4E) programme in collaboration with the Rwanda Cooling Initiative (R-COOL) and the the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), which supports the adoption of energy-efficient and climate-friendly refrigerators and air conditioners.