Snapshot of air conditioning in the MENA region and Türkiye

The Cool Up programme monitors the status, developments, insights, and good practice examples regarding sustainable cooling in the MENA region.

Many countries in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region are facing rising temperatures and rapid urbanisation, leading to fast-growing demand for cooling. According to the Cool Up programme status report, air conditioning consumes up to 70% of the total residential and commercial electricity in the region. There were 60 million air conditioning units installed in 2018, with Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems representing the dominant technology. The stock is forecast to reach 210 million units by 2050, and energy demand for air conditioning is expected to increase by 50% by 2040 in the region.


With such a market growth, there is a risk for a strong increase in refrigerant demand and direct emissions. It is imperative that the region takes action to effectively reduce HFC consumption. To date, six countries in the region have ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. Furthermore, funding programmes exist to promote access to energy-efficient air conditioning solutions.


For more information, visit the Cool Up programme website.



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