SEforALL’s updated study shares a practical road map for ensuring affordable, efficient, and sustainable cooling in the developing world.
'2019 Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All' looks at cooling access in the developing world.
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), an international environmental group, has released an update to its 2018 study regarding the challenges the developing world faces in providing affordable cooling (refrigeration and comfort cooling) in a sustainable way that doesn’t exacerbate the climate crisis.
The new report – “2019 Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All” – provides policy makers, the private sector and development financiers with tools and guidance on how to accelerate progress on areas of priority, according to the executive summary. It was written with technical assistance from the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP).
“With just over 10 years to deliver the [United Nations] Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] and avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, this is not an abstract concept,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Government of Rwanda, in the foreword of the 2019 report. “Cooling for All is an issue of equity that demands our focus right now.”
The original 2018 report, “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All,” was a global wake-up call and a call to action. The new report takes stock of the progress made and celebrates the acceleration in solutions to sustainable access to cooling, explained the foreword.
“While there has been marked global action on sustainable access to cooling, there is still significant work to do in scaling solutions and delivering them to those who need them most,” states the executive summary. “There are still at least one billion people at high risk of lack of cooling access, and more than two billion who are ready to acquire a cooling device.
The 2019 report has the following six recommendations to help drive sustainable access to cooling for all.