Our Vision
The Global Cooling Efficiency Program envisions a world where the cooling needs of people are met fully, affordably and in harmony with the planet.

Our Mission

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab's) Global Cooling Efficiency Program conducts global technology and policy-relevant research on the energy efficiency of cooling equipment in order to:

  • Maximize the energy, climate, monetary and public health benefits by improving energy efficiency in tandem with the refrigerant transition under the Montreal Protocol while minimizing the costs
  • Mitigate the negative impacts of the large expected growth in cooling demand due to various drivers such as increasing urbanization, electrification, income growth, and rising incidence and severity of heat waves
  • Expand access to cooling for underserved populations to increase community resilience

​We support research institutions, businesses, governments and other organisations interested in establishing cooling efficiency and low-GWP refrigerant related research partnerships.


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Recent News

Nihar Shah is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the energy-efficiency of air conditioners and working toward providing affordable cooling for all. Here, he poses with his award from K-CEP. Credit: Thor Swift, Berkeley Lab
September 10th 2020
Two researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been recognized by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP). The awards for Nihar Shah and Won Young Park honor their work on improving the energy efficiency of cooling systems and evaluating the benefits of those improvements. Shah, Presidential Director of Berkeley Lab’s Global Cooling Efficiency Program,... Read More
December 2nd 2019
The Economist Intelligence Unit published an in-depth report on the future of cooling demand, sponsored by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program. Founding Director of the Global Cooling Efficiency Program Nihar Shah participated as an interviewee for the development of this report.  Link to report: eiu.com/graphics/marketing/pdf/... Read More
October 9th 2019
Six researchers in the Energy Technologies Area have been recognized in the annual Director's Awards, which applauds outstanding scientific contributions at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Tom McKone received the Berkeley Lab Prize, a lifetime achievement award; Nihar Shah, a research scientist/engineer, received a societal impact award; and the Residential Ventilation Team—Woody Delp, Brennan... Read More