63 Countries Pledge To Curb Cooling Emissions In COP28 Commitment

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63 Countries Pledge to Curb Cooling Emissions at COP28, outlining a commitment to cut cooling-related emissions by at least 68% by 2050 compared to 2022. This effort extends beyond emission reduction, including establishing minimum energy performance standards by 2030. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry emphasized the importance of a global pathway to reduce cooling emissions across all sectors while promoting sustainable cooling access.

In a historic move, 63 countries, including major players like the United States, Canada, and Kenya, have committed to a groundbreaking initiative aimed at significantly reducing cooling-related emissions. The Global Cooling Pledge, announced at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, marks a collective effort to address refrigeration and air conditioning emissions, a critical step in the fight against climate change.

Approximately 1.2 billion people lack access to cooling, and with increasing temperatures, growing populations, and rising incomes, the demand for cooling is expected to triple by mid-century. The countries pledged to curb cooling emissions to balance this demand with environmental responsibility.

Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Sierra Leone illustrated the dichotomy of aspirations, stating, “The aspiration of everyone as temperatures rise and incomes rise is that their cooling measures their wealth.” However, the surge in air conditioner installations, especially in economically challenged areas, contributes significantly to the climate crisis.

63 Countries Pledge to Curb Cooling Emissions in COP28 Commitment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) coalition, in collaboration with the COP28 UAE presidency, developed the pledge. A UNEP report estimates that cooling emissions could reach between 4.4 billion and 6.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050 if left unchecked.

While the initiative has garnered support from major countries, including the United States, and aims to encourage industry-wide cooperation, challenges remain constant. Critics highlight the need for a unified global effort, with major players like India yet to join the pledge. India, a crucial market for cooling demand, expressed hesitations about exceeding commitments made in 1992 under the Montreal Protocol.

The progress of the cooling pledge will be closely monitored, with annual assessments and updates scheduled until 2030. The commitment reflects a growing consensus among nations to prioritize sustainable solutions in combating climate change and fostering global environmental responsibility.

As the world grapples with the impacts of climate change, countries pledge to curb cooling emissions at COP28, and such collective efforts become increasingly vital in shaping a sustainable future. The annual U.N. climate summits will provide a platform to review and reinforce these commitments, ensuring a path towards a more climate-resilient and environmentally conscious world.

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