A two-day clean cold congress that starts on April 24 will see academic and financial experts joining the UK government to look at opportunities for more holistic cooling polices
Ensuring global access to sustainable cooling technologies and systems will be the key focus of a two-day event scheduled to be held later this month in London.
The Clean Cooling Congress will bring together a range of experts from bodies including the World Bank Group, the University of Birmingham and the UK’s Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) from April 24.
Toby Peters, a professor specialising in the Clean Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, said the event would include workshops on how to rethink the differing cooling needs of urban and rural areas, as well as those of vital supply chains, around the world.
He said, “Universal access to clean cooling is a multi-faceted challenge, without which we can neither achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals nor fulfil the Paris Agreement.”
Opportunities to reduce overall demand for artificial cooling, while also limiting the output of climate-damaging gasses from air conditioning and refrigeration appliances, will be among key challenges discussed over the two days. Experts are also expected to set out plans on increasing the speed with which newer cooling technologies designed to perform more efficiently can be brought to market.
Building on the University of Birmingham’s work in working with experts around the world to look at more regional clean cold approaches such as in rural parts of India, delegates will also look at how new business and finance models can be combined with government policy to overcome current barriers to take up.
Organisers have said that the congress reflects growing recognition of the challenges posed in trying to cater for growing demand for cooling functions that driven by rapid urbanisation around the world and overall population increases.
Predictions from the Green Cooling Initiative organisation currently expect the number of cooling appliances in use globally to increase threefold from their current level by 2050 to 9.5 billion.
Marc Sadler, practice manager of climate funds management at the World Bank, said that the clean cooling concept was intended to address inequality in terms of how cooling functions are accessed in order to improve overall health and reduce food loss.
He added, “The work that we are supporting will help governments, cities, the private sector and the international community take the urgent actions needed to encourage efficient, affordable and sustainable cooling in developing countries. It will help to address the inequity of cooling access, reduce food loss, improve health, and combat climate change.”
Dr Peter Warren, a senior policy advisor for BEIS, said that the UK government was committed to work with other governments and organisations to speed up sustainable cooling initiatives for developing countries.
He said, “We need international collaboration to harness technological, financial and policy expertise in sustainable cooling and develop affordable, low carbon solutions that will be widely adopted and contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.”