#AGGF2018 Event: 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 Background 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   Director General: Eng. Coletha Ruhamya
  • Overview of the Kigali Amendment, Rwanda’s commitment to lead, and COP24 high-level session on refrigerators and air conditioners, and a call for the continent to take bold action
  10:15 – 11:10 Setting a Vision to Transform African Markets   Morris Kayitare, Project Lead for the Rwanda Cooling Initiative, UN Environment
  • Rwanda’s Commitment to Lead on Model Regulations for Cooling and Lighting
  • Overview of UN Environment United for Efficiency’s upcoming model regulations
  • Next steps in the Rwanda Cooling Initiative, indicating how Rwanda will apply these model regulations and share its findings to encourage other countries to do the same
  • Q&A
  11:10 – 11:50 Discussion: Going from Vision to Action   Moderator: Michael Kiiza Programme Management Expert, East Africa Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Highlight the rapidly growing demand for cooling and lighting in Africa and its implications
  • Note the status of policies for these products in the continent and collaborative activities that are already underway
  • Open discussion
  11:50 – 12:00 Closing Remarks   Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, Director General-Rwanda Environment Management Authority
  • Propose a declaration be made to better align efforts and send a clear signal to industry, the COP participants and the public that Africa is taking bold action
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.