Nesta Announces Global Million Cool Roofs Challenge


Reflective roof surfaces not only have an impact on individual buildings, but deploying them across a whole community can have a net effect on reducing local ambient temperatures. Additionally, the deployment of reflective materials creates sustainable job and skills opportunities for low skilled workers in both rural and urban contexts.

The Million Cool Roofs Challenge is US$2 million global competition designed to rapidly scale-up the deployment of highly solar-reflective “cool” roofs in developing countries suffering heat stress and lacking widespread access to cooling services. The Challenge aims to demonstrate clean, effective and affordable cooling solutions, spurring the market for cost-effective passive cooling. This will improve sustainable access to cooling where there is the greatest need, and reduce the climate impact of cooling over time.

The Challenge will award ten ‘Boost Award’ grants of US$100,000 to support entrants to find a way to scale-up cool roofs. A further US$1 million will be awarded to the team that has developed the best sustainable and transferable model for rapid deployment of cool roofs in developing countries.

The programme is open to applications from organisations from around the world. Entrants must deploy cool roof solutions in an Article 5 Group 1 developing country, as defined in the Montreal Protocol.

Example lead applicant organisations include local or national government organisations, university or research institutions, international or local non-profit organisations, for-profit companies or international organisations.

Online registration is now open to express interest in the Challenge. Applications will open in full on 28 January 2019 and the deadline for receipt of applications will be 20 May 2019.

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