National cooling action plan in Rwanda
Cooling is an important and emerging area of focus that stands at the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation, ozone management and sustainable development. Emissions from the cooling sector are set to increase by 90% while its energy consumption impact is likely to triple by 2050. The number of air conditioners is likely to increase to 4.5 billion by mid-century. Rwanda has been one of the pioneering countries in the African continent to publish a national cooling strategy under the Rwanda Cooling Initiative in 2019. Through this strategy, the government of Rwanda has set minimum energy efficiency standards as well as financial tools to encourage businesses to adopt efficient cooling technologies. The cooling strategy will build linkages with the Rwanda Energy Policy (REP) and the Energy Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) to avoid any excess or stranded investments in energy generation projects.