On the 12th of April 2016, 25 delegates representing the whole value and cold chain including cold suppliers, producers and a variety of consumers from heavy industry to food refrigeration, came together to kick-start exchange between the broad variety of actors in the sector. The Stakeholder Rountable on Cooling Report collects the outcomes of that fruitful meeting.
Report’s Key messages:
- Cooling accounts for a large share of EU energy demands.
- As most cooling processes are driven by electricity, cooling remains a hidden giant.
- Cooling concerns everyone, be it industrial production, buildings or the food sector.
- Cooling demands are as diverse as heating demands – if not more diverse.
- Any industry with high thermal needs, such as steel, non-ferrous metals or cement, has substantial cooling needs, too.
- The cooling demand in the building sector will increase by 70% until 2030 – partly due to climate change.
- Generally, cooling is needed in all climate zones in Europe and only differs by a factor of three.
- Food storage, transport, processing and production demand substantial cooling loads.
- Cooling demand from certain sectors can be another’s energy source.
- A systemic approach could bring large efficiency improvements. A wide range of technologies is needed to serve the different cooling demands in a sustainable manner. There is no one-size fits- all solution.
- There are many market-ready technologies to supply sustainable cold.
- The biggest challenge is to raise awareness for the importance of cooling.
Please, click here: roundtable-on-cooling-report to access the full report.