Global Million Cool Roofs Challenge to provide $2m grant

first_img Generation In the most vulnerable countries, over 1 billion people facesignificant risks from extreme heat every year and live without access toelectricity for cooling. Another 2.3 billion can afford to purchase only themost inefficient models of air conditioning, which use super polluting HFCgases that are thousands of times more polluting than CO2. The increasingdemand for cooling, if not better managed, is a colossal climate threat. The global competition will provide $2 million in grants toapplicants with the most promising ideas and demonstrated success bringing coolroof innovations to scale. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “This Challenge is an unprecedented global effort to speedlasting market transformations that are critical for community resiliency,particularly in regions of the world that are most vulnerable to the deadlyimpacts of a warming planet.” Through innovative coating materials, cool roofs can reduceindoor temperatures by 2-3° C in buildings, helping reduce demand for airconditioning for those that can afford it, while providing a passive coolingsolution for the billions who cannot. When deployed across a whole community,the reflective surfaces of cool roofs provide relief indoors and can also havea net cooling effect, reducing local ambient air temperatures. “As the world grows dangerously warm, access to cooling isbecoming the difference between life and death. This challenge will give localcommunities – often those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – apractical, affordable and sustainable solution to keep their buildings cool,”said Rachel Kyte, CEO of SEforALL and Special Representative of the UnitedNations Secretary-General. A recent report from SEforALL, Chilling Prospects: ProvidingSustainable Cooling For All, directly linked strategies to deploy more highlyreflective “cool” roofs and walls to help support faster progress on the ParisClimate Accord, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Montreal Protocol. “Ultimately, this competition is about improving quality oflife through sustainable cooling solutions and economic opportunity.” “Highly-reflective cool roofs are a unique, sustainable andcost-effective solution that helps close the gap in access to cooling forbillions of people in the developing world,” said Kurt Shickman of Global CoolCities. The application period opens with today’s launch and closeson May 20, 2019. In August 2019, selected teams will be informed if they havebeen accepted. The ten best proposals will each will be given a $100,000 “BoostAward” to support the scale up of cool roofs solutions to compete in the finalround. The Grand Prize of US $1M will go to the team that providesthe most effective, sustainable and transferrable model for scaling up betweenAugust 2019 and December 2020. “We encourage international organizations, NGOs, city-levelgovernments, and private businesses to apply.”center_img The Million CoolRoofs Challenge, announced this week, aims to scale up the deployment ofsolar-reflective ‘cool’ roofs in developing countries suffering from heatstress. Challenge partners include the Kigali Cooling EfficiencyProgram (K-CEP) in collaboration with the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA),Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre. Finance and Policy Potential applicants are invited to register interest on theChallenge website at TAGSenergy efficiency Previous articleESI Insights #16: Is Eskom’s privatisation possible?Next articleKathu Solar Park achieves commercial operation Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock The competition will conclude in December 2020, by whichtime teams must have demonstrated that they have met the judging criteria, ofwhich a target to reach one million square meters of cool roof product deployedis an important factor. “We are thrilled to launch this challenge, which will spurinnovative approaches to combat extreme heat by supporting local businesses andcommunities throughout the developing world,” said Dan Hamza-Goodacre,Executive Director of K-CEP. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more