Why is a Centre for Sustainable Cooling necessary?

Access to cooling is not a luxury. It is an issue of equity about fresh food, safe medicine, economic productivity and protection from heat for populations in a warming world. Without radical intervention, if we are to deliver access to cooling for all who need it, we will potentially see four times as many appliances deployed using five times as much energy as today.

How do we meet this challenge and provide cooling for all will have important ramifications not only for our climate, but also for our broader aspirations for a sustainable future?

Delivering Sustainable and Equitable cooling is about investing in a radical reshaping of cooling provision thinking about how we use, make, store, move and finance cooling. It involves understanding the multiple cooling needs, free, waste and wrong-time energy resources available to help meet these needs, and defining the right mix of design, novel energy vectors, thermal stores, cooling technologies underpinned with “fit for market” business models and policy interventions to optimally integrate the available resources through self-organizing systems. In short, thinking systems and thinking thermally.

What are we going to do?

The CSC aims to create a global collaborative coalition to work together and share knowledge to accelerate new science and associated business and finance models through demonstration, validation and manufacture to accelerate delivery of workable products into the global market.

Specifically, as we migrate from fossil fuels to renewables, we need strategies which recognise the portfolio of available resources including free and waste cold and heat, incorporate technology, data connectivity and energy management, and consider the role of thermal energy storage.

Alongside technology advancements, the CSC will create new ‘fit-for-market’ purpose-driven business models; align policy and the finance ecosystem; shape academic research agendas; build capacity, and accelerate the transition of innovation to market and widespread adoption at scale.

Early goals

 

1

Create the Cooling for All Needs Assessment tools to enable governments and communities to develop comprehensive needs driven cooling plans that protect the vulnerable

2

Define and demonstrate the conditions for private sector, local governments and associations to invest and establish the fast to market innovation pipeline to build the solutions on the ground

3

Understand and provide recommendations for the key (i) engineering and industry (ii) knowledge, capacity and research gaps (ii) investment and financial ecosystem (iii) policy, incentive and regulation requirements for the realisation of sustainable cooling

4

Define the system of governance, policies and regulatory interventions needed to deliver on deployment strategies

5

Build the alliances of stakeholders around clearly defined delivery strategies

6

Identify future skills and training needs order to underpin a developing sustainable cooling economy and work with partners to develop the required international and in-country programmes

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