Grand Award Ceremony

On April 29, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMT, the Global Cooling Prize hosted the virtual Grand Award Ceremony.


The Ceremony featured the announcement of the Global Cooling Prize’s two winning teams — Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai with partner Tsinghua University; and Daikin with partner Nikken Sekkei Ltd. — marking the conclusion of the two and a half year international innovation competition.


This event served as an opportunity to recognize the incredible achievements of the Prize participants and global coalition, while also highlighting the ceiling of performance for residential cooling, spurring policymakers, financiers, and industry to support the commercialization and scaling of breakthrough cooling technologies.


To learn more, read the global press release and watch the full recording of the Grand Award Ceremony.


The Ceremony featured:

→ Award presentation led by Sir Richard Branson to announce and award US$1 million to the winners of the Global Cooling Prize

→ Keynote addresses from global leaders tuning in from around the world

→ Profiles on each Finalist team and their breakthrough cooling technology

→ Fireside chats with Prize coalition partners

→ Highlight videos on the Prize journey

→ Race to Zero Breakthrough for cooling commitments announcement


Sir Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group
Patrick Child Deputy Director-General, Research and Innovation, European Commission
Tom Steyer Founder, NextGen America
Nigel Topping UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion COP26