Cooling is for many of us an essential part of everyday life – from cold supply chains for fresh produce, safe storage of life-saving vaccines and temperature-sensitive medicines, to comfortable work and educational environments that help maintain productivity. As temperatures rise with climate change, and as economies grow and urbanize - a major part of which will take place in developing and emerging countries - the world’s cooling needs are expected to dramatically increase. Nonetheless, access to cooling is limited, especially for the poorest people and communities, creating major productivity losses as well as adverse impacts on the provision of quality health care, nutritious food, and education. This in turn undermines the efforts and opportunities for dozens of countries to fully realize the Sustainable Development Goals, such as ending poverty, hunger and disease.
Providing access to sustainable cooling solutions can help avoid and mitigate many of the adverse impacts that result from having no, limited or unsustainable access to cooling. The latter is particularly true for some of the common, contemporary solutions we apply to manage heat strain. This is resulting in rapidly rising operating costs and stress on energy grids, as the world moves towards installing an estimated 1.6 billion air-conditioning units by the year 2050 – driven mainly by population growth, increased urbanization, and rising incomes.
In order to strengthen the evidence base the Cooling for All initiative is inviting interested parties to submit quantitative or qualitative data related to:
- The lack of sustainable access to cooling and its development impacts;
- Innovative policy and business model solutions to accelerate the uptake of and access to sustainable cooling solutions for buildings, cities, and cold chains;
- Important barriers and challenges and how to overcome them - for example, what are the key challenges for creating a continuous cold chain supply in lower income countries -; and
- Emerging and innovative finance models, including from related sectors - such access to energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy – that may hold promise for expanding access to cooling.
Data can be submitted either via the submission form provided below, or by directly getting in touch with the Cooling for All team: firstname.lastname@example.org