It’s impossible to imagine the modern world without air conditioning and refrigeration, but these technologies come with a massive cost in climate impact. Recoolit builds technology that makes it easy and profitable for the cooling industry to adopt sustainable practices, starting with responsible management of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant. By connecting the global demand for high-quality carbon offsets to the day-to-day lives of AC technicians around the world, we can channel funds towards the frontline activities that will cause the biggest impact, preventing gigatons of emissions over the next few decades.
Louis picked up Project Drawdown, a comprehensive ranking of climate solutions, and saw that refrigerant management was #1 on the list. He had never heard of the refrigerant issue, and expected to discover that the problem was under control. As he learned more, spending nights and weekends studying the problem and talking to dozens of experts, he realized the world needed a new approach.
The scale was immense: 3 gigatons of emissions yearly and growing. And it was tractable: no new scientific breakthroughs were needed. But it had slipped through the cracks of public awareness, and the existing solutions were completely inadequate compared to the size and scope of the problem.
A few months later, unable to get this idea out of his head, Louis quit his job and flew to Southeast Asia to learn from the technicians and waste collectors on the frontlines of the refrigerant problem. After a false start in Cambodia and a lot of iteration, Recoolit was founded in late 2020. We raised a small amount of funding (including a critical email exchange from a tent in a Nebraska cornfield on a cross-country road trip) and were off to the races in Indonesia.
Our team, based in California and Indonesia, combines the ambition and speed of Silicon Valley with deep local engagement.
Co-founder & CEO
Business Operations Associate
Logistics / Field Operations
We are backed by leading angel investors from US climate-tech circles and around the world, and we’ve been recognized as a highly impactful early-stage climate startup by the Diamond List.
If you’re interested in joining our efforts as a partner, employee, advisor or investor, please get in touch!