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Industry trade associations and professional bodies from around the world are united in establishing June 26th as World Refrigeration Day which will be celebrated all over the globe as an annual event. The entire world-wide industry is encouraged to take the opportunity to promote the significant role of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps in the well-being of mankind.
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coolingEU stakeholders invite you to join them for their World Café at EUSEW on June 6 from 09:30 to 12:30 at Fundación Galicia Europa (Rue de la Loi, 38) to discuss what role cooling plays for all of us in the various sectors and how to move forward.
Registration is now open until Monday, June 4 here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-cooling-for-europe-world-cafe-tickets-45889177766?aff=ehomecard
Bring your ideas and perspectives!
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Electricity has driven the digital era, and heat has been essential to prepare food, to warm us in winter and to run and develop our industries. But all these processes that our modern societies and economies are built on also owe a lot to another decisive service: cooling.
Without cooling food and medical equipment would not be preserved. Without cooling the climate in our offices, homes and vehicles would often be unbearable. Without cooling many materials would not be as strong or flexible to serve our needs. Without cooling our data centres and servers would not process our endless information chains…
Cooling is indispensable in our modern society and economy – and of course we want it to be clean and sustainable. Therefore, the coolingEU stakeholders invite you to join us for our World Café at EUSEW to discuss what role cooling plays for all of us in the various sectors and how to move forward.
WHAT IS A WORLD CAFE?
A World Café is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue and sharing knowledge. The environment is set up like a café, with paper-covered tables supplied with refreshments. Participants will sit to a table and hold a series of conversational rounds lasting 25 minutes each about a series of questions related to the impact of cooling in our society. At the end of each round, participants will shift tables.
WHAT IS THE PRELIMINARY AGENDA?
Introduction and welcome by Ingo Wagner, coolingEU
Opening remarks and key note on the crucial role of cooling, to be confirmed
Cooling round tables on the societal benefits of cooling in:
a) working and living
b) supplying food
c) Europe’s industry
d) the digital future
Summary and closing remarks by Julia Panzer, Danfoss Cool.
Academic closure by Judith Evans, South Bank University.
Do not hesitate and book a seat now! Places are limited!
It is estimated that 10% of all CO2 emissions are caused by cooling. Let that sink in for a moment. Our need for temperature control has a significant impact on our planet’s well-being and, with a growing population and increased urbanization, this effect can only be expected to rise. The good news is that the existent technologies and applicable solutions can make cooling a central part of the solution to reduce CO2 emissions, rather than one of the greatest contributors to global warming. To make this happen, we need to re-think cooling in the energy system and use cooling infrastructures, like supermarkets, as energy facilitators.
The United Nations expects the global population to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050. As the number of people on our planet increases so does the need for cooling. To avoid a vicious cycle where refrigerators and air conditioning contribute to global warming, in turn creating the need for more cooling, we need to think outside the box and make cooling more climate-friendly and sustainable.
Unlocking the full potential of renewables
Currently, the world is investing in renewables at an incredible rate. In 2017, for example, China announced that they would invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020. A recent report by the German Think Tank Agora Energiewende showed that, in the same year, electricity generated from renewables in Europe has for the first time surpassed energy generated from coal. While these are important first steps to satisfy the Paris Agreement, the full potential of renewables has not yet been reached. We still need better storage solutions to allow harnessing energy that is produced during off-peak hours, e.g. at night-time when the energy produced by windmills is higher than its demand. We also need advanced storage solutions to help provide energy when renewable solutions are not available, such as on days when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
So, what can we do?
Innovative storage solutions are the best way to even out irregular energy periods. They help to make the entire energy system much more flexible and reliable. The good news is that the technology needed to implement these kinds of storage systems is already available today and cooling plays a key role here. Existing buildings can provide thermal storage – in the form of ice or excess capacity from heating or cooling systems – and create exciting opportunities to promote flexible energy systems.
Supermarkets as sustainable energy facilitators
Your local supermarket is one of the best examples of how energy storage can provide the required flexibility for renewables to become a reliable solution. This is achievable through thermal storage.
Imagine that we connect ice storage or cold tower facilities to supermarkets. This would enable the storage of energy in the form of ice or cold water during low consumption hours. During peak hours, when the electricity system is under pressure and prices are higher, stored energy can be released to cool refrigerators and freezers to fit the high demand.
But that is only the beginning. More and better solutions are needed, and the industry is ready to help lead the way. We recently built a partnership that will help supermarkets become the premiere sustainable energy centres of their community.
Danfoss and SMA are planning a joint venture that will connect supermarkets to the energy system through an integrated solution that combines refrigeration technology, photovoltaics, energy storage technology, and e-mobility. This unique fusion of innovative technologies will allow supermarkets to be prosumers, and send their excess heat back into the energy system.
An example of this solution in practice is the process of recovering excess heat – a byproduct of the refrigeration process – to heat the supermarket. If the supermarket is connected to a district heating network, which is a trend increasingly popular in developed countries, the excess heat can be piped into other buildings in the neighbourhood, drastically lowering energy costs and reducing the overall carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency is still key
While supermarkets and buildings, if connected, can become prosumers by producing energy over solar panels and provide flexibility to the energy system through thermal storage, it is still essential to keep energy efficiency in mind. By making buildings more energy efficient, we reduce energy demand and extend the benefits gained from using renewables— after all, they are not for free either. The International Energy Agency estimates that 38% of the required CO2 emission reduction needed until 2050 should come from energy-efficient technologies. Therefore, if supermarkets are to become essential energy reuse and storage centres in communities around the world, they should also leverage the newest technologies in order to unlock the full energy potential of their integration into the energy system.
Cooling experts around the world are working hard to implement and innovate around these solutions. We are also making a global effort, in partnership with coolingEU, to raise awareness on the benefits of energy storage and energy efficiency.
Join us on this amazing journey by reading more about the available solutions and spreading the word on your personal networks using: #ThermalEnergy, #DistrictEnergy, and #SmartStores.
 Birmingham Energy Institute (2016) “Clean Cold and the Global Goals”
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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE and the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in partnership with the University of Birmingham and the Heriot-Watt University organise a two days EU -GCC event on<Clean Cooling – the new “Frontier Market” for UAE and the GCC region >, on 9-10 April in the UAE. (venue – location to be provided by the ministry and confirmed soon)
Two-thirds of UAE energy in the summer months is consumed by air-conditioning; at peak temperatures, this can rise to 95%. Across the Gulf, cooling represents a yearly fuel opportunity cost of roughly US$20 billion. But meeting the projected cooling demand growth in the GCC over the next 12 years is projected to cost approximately US$100 billion in new cooling capacity and over US$120 billion in new power capacity if existing pattern of technology deployment are maintained. Without intervention, reports predict Saudi Arabia could within the next decade be consuming more oil to drive air conditioning than it exports.
Cooling loads are not just buildings and electricity. In hot climates, air conditioning in public vehicles will consume more than 40% of a bus’ fuel. This energy demand is a major challenge for electric buses. Refrigerated trailers are cooled by a secondary diesel engine (transport refrigeration unit) that can emit up to six times as much nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 29 times as much particulate matter (PM) as the propulsion unit. As with air conditioning, demand for transport refrigeration is forecast to soar. The global cold chain market alone is projected to grow to $270Bn by 2022 (currently $190Bn) with the greatest increase in demand coming from the Middle East, as well as the rapid expansion in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil. In UAE, 80% of food is imported through global logistics chains.
We don’t however simply need more efficient air-conditioners and fridges or transport refrigeration units; we need new integrated, system-level approaches to cooling, understanding the size and location of the multiple thermal, waste and wrong-time energy resources available and the novel energy vectors, thermal stores and the novel, clean cooling technologies appropriate for the societal, climate, and infrastructure context.
To develop new ideas and methods to address the cooling challenges of the region, this “clean cooling” workshop is organised with in-country partners and key stakeholders (government, industry, energy users, academia and government) from the UAE, the GCC and the EU to better understand the opportunities linked to integrated, low-carbon, low emissions cooling systems and how to accelerate their deployment. Findings and recommendations will help shape thinking in-country as well as feed into the first ever International Clean Cooling Congress to be held at the University of Birmingham in April (18th and 19th).
The workshop intends to provide an overview of relevant best practices and technologies from the EU and the UAE/GCC. The aim is to use the workshop as a catalyst to create dialogue and new EU GCC academic and industry collaborations to share knowledge; build capacity, underpin and galvanise novel “clean cooling” technology demonstration and advancement opportunities around the local and global challenge of sustainable cooling. In so doing, it will build on existing leadership and expertise in energy and specifically cooling across the two markets (UAE/GCC and EU) at a unique time where delivering clean, sustainable cooling is being recognised globally as key to our energy and environmental challenges.
To stimulate the discussion, experts will present novel system level thinking as well as examples of a radical novel technologies for meeting both built environment and transport cooling demands.
Our objectives from the event would include clear recommendations and next steps to
coolingEU in collaboration with its supporters and observes, has elaborated 9 fact-sheets with information about the different cooling sectors.
With these publications, we aim at providing a general overview on the importance and diversity of the cooling sectors in Europe.
Contributor: Euroheat & Power
Contributor: Solar Heat Europe
Mindaugas Jakubcionis and Johan Carlsson
Data on European residential space cooling demands are scarce and often of poor quality. This can be concluded from a review of the Comprehensive Assessments on the energy efficiency potential in the heating and cooling sector performed by European Union Member States under Art. 14 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. This article estimates the potential space cooling demands in the residential sector of the EU and the resulting impact on electricity generation and supply systems using the United States as a proxy. A georeferenced approach was used to establish the potential residential space cooling demand in NUTS-3 regions of EU. The total potential space cooling demand of the EU was estimated to be 292 TW h for the residential sector in an average year. The additional electrical capacity needed was estimated to 79 GW. With proper energy system development strategies, e.g. matching capacity of solar PV with cooling demand, or introduction of district cooling, the stresses on electricity system from increasing cooling demand can be mitigated. The estimated potential of space cooling demand, identified in this paper for all EU Members States, could be used while preparing the next iteration of EU MS Comprehensive Assessments or other energy related studies.
The open access to this study is funded by the Joint Research Center via sciencedirect.
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the coolingEU forum.
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The buildings where we live, sleep, work hold enormous potential in energy savings. We can unlock these opportunities hidden behind concrete, glass and steel – to create huge savings, jobs and better places to live. The revised EPBD is a significant step to unlock this potential.
A giant step on the way was be taken on July 9, 2018 when the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) entered into force. It will accelerate the cost-effective renovation of existing buildings with the vision of a decarbonized building stock by 2050 and the mobilization of investments. The revision also introduces new provisions to enhance smart technologies and technical building systems.
Member States will have to transpose its provisions into national law (by 10 March 2020). That means 20 months for Europe’s governments to be ambitious and seize the opportunity to unlock the potential of the three pillars of energy efficiency in buildings, especially the optimization of technical building systems (next to the envelope and the heating or cooling supply).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the coolingEU forum.
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The refrigeration sector is getting global recognition, but in the EU, there is no unified Europe-wide authority dedicated to cooling and refrigeration, capable of speaking to the EU’s society and policymakers as a single voice, writes Kostadin Fikiin.
Kostadin Fikiin is International R&D Project Manager, Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), an academician at the International Academy of Refrigeration, member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Refrigeration, Chairman of EHEDG Working Group ‘Food Refrigeration Equipment’.
Although heat and cold are of the same physical nature, they have played different roles in the history of human civilisation. Prometheus, the mythological hero who bestowed the divine fire of Olympus to mankind, is glorified in immortal works of art.
On the contrary, to date, the pioneers who created artificial cold and gave it to humanity have never been praised in a similar way as a token of gratitude.
The above situation is going to change as professional stakeholders worldwide were recently united to inaugurate 26 June as World Refrigeration Day, to be celebrated as an annual event throughout the planet.
Professional associations and societies from the USA, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and across Europe, have manifested their strong support for establishing World Refrigeration Day.
The mission of this event is to raise awareness of how refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump technologies improve modern life and to promote their significant contribution to the wellbeing of human society. As refrigeration is essentially a question of temperature, the celebration date chosen was the birthday of Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), born 26 June 1824.
Widespread feelings were well expressed by the president of the UK’s Institute of Refrigeration Stephen Gill, who mentioned that “Refrigeration has a long and fascinating history full of inventors, engineering pioneers, scientists, and industrial entrepreneurs from around the world all of whom deserve to be recognised and remembered for their valuable contribution.”
He added: “Refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump technologies and applications have evolved out of a human need for food, comfort and thermal processes, with a history dating back centuries, however, it remains a longstanding frustration for those working within the industry that it is not widely recognised that modern life could not exist without it.”
It is obvious that this powerful but still underestimated sector, metaphorically called the Cinderella of the economic policy and energy system, desires to emancipate. In other words, a sleeping industrial giant awakens and seeks due attention and recognition. The recent heat wave in Western Europe was certainly a convincing climatic signal in this context.
A recent study published in Nature Communications predicted 2018-2022 as particularly hot years. The Guardian highlighted impressive figures showing that, by 2050-2060, the amount of energy used worldwide for cooling will overtake that used for heating (and will even prevail by some 60% by the end of the Century), while the energy use for air conditioning, refrigeration and other cooling appliances will jump by 90%, as compared with 2017 levels.
On a global scale, by 2100, air conditioning alone is expected to consume 50% of the total amount of electricity generated worldwide in 2010. Let’s also remember that the refrigeration sector (including air conditioning) currently accounts for about 17% of the worldwide electricity consumption.
The cooling and refrigeration sector was recently spotlighted by key international organisations. For instance, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a comprehensive report “The Future of Cooling: opportunities for energy-efficient air conditioning”.
The UN ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ organisation issued “Chilling Prospects: Providing sustainable cooling for all”, while the University of Birmingham released a study entitled “A Cool World: Defining the energy conundrum of Cooling for All”, applying a triune approach towards the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment.
Furthermore, an ad-hoc working group of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is working closely with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to harmonise at least five basic refrigeration-related definitions in order to make them universal and easy to understand by non-specialists, thereby enhancing the societal impact and comprehension of cooling and refrigeration all over the globe.
These definitions should be elaborated and agreed upon before the upcoming 25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration, which will take place in Montreal (Canada) on 24-30 August 2019.
To date, there is no unified Europe-wide authority dedicated to cooling and refrigeration, capable of speaking to the EU’s society and policymakers as a single voice.
A number of sectorial NGOs represent just different fragments and applications of the cold economy. The poor self-organisation of interested stakeholders (dispersed among multiple industrial branches) is the main reason for the sector’s underrepresentation at a political level.
Within European institutions, various aspects of the sector are similarly scattered among a multitude of Directorates-General and Executive Agencies of the European Commission. Activities and programmes could certainly benefit from strengthening synergy and internal coordination.
While the EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling, forming part of the sustainable energy security package, has a substantial potential for advancing cooling and refrigeration, the artificial cold often remains in the shadow of its heating counterpart.
It must be clear that the expression “Heating and Cooling Sector”, in the singular, is not really correct, because it can apply to a few cases only, where heating and cooling might be perceived as parts of the same sector (such as conditioning of residential buildings, and district heating and cooling).
Simultaneously, the huge application field of low-temperature technologies constitutes an independent industrial sector and/or energy vector of cooling and refrigeration. Although integrating heating and cooling processes is always desirable to enhance efficiency, the refrigeration industry possesses numerous unique features, which have nothing to do with the heating sector as such. Hence, the right terminology should speak about “Heating and Cooling Sectors”, in the plural, thereby recognising the identity of both industrial branches and treating them in an equal but customised manner.
It is a common belief that the newly established World Refrigeration Day will give a due tribute to a community of over 12 million professionals worldwide – “knights of the human-made cold” – and will dramatically raise the sector’s profile to make it more attractive to the younger generations, thus providing a creative and innovation-friendly environment capable of incubating breakthrough refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump technologies of the sustainable future.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the coolingEU forum.
Petit Forestier’s electric 3,1 ton van equipped with all-electric Thermo King E-200 reefer unit provides constant cooling and heating capacities independent from the vehicle
Brussels, Sept. xx, 2018 – Thermo King®, a leader in transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, partnered with Petit Forestier, European leader in refrigeration rental to showcase an all-electric, zero-emission and zero-noise refrigerated van at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show on Sept. 20-27 in Hannover, Germany.
Petit Forestier’s Renault Master Z.E., a 3,1 ton electric van equipped with the market-first and IAA premiere Thermo King E-200 full-electric refrigeration unit will be available to visitors at the FG M43 stand in the outdoor area of the exhibition grounds. The breakthrough set-up of the E-200 unit on display provides constant cooling and heating capacities independently of the vehicle operation.
“At this year’s IAA, Thermo King enters a new era of transport refrigeration showing its vision of the future, where foods and goods can be transported safely with zero-emission, no noise and maximum convenience for urban populations,” said Pauli Johannesen, vice president and general manager for Truck, Trailer and Bus at Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Together with Petit Forestier we prove that such a future is already here and thanks to the technologies leading with electricity, intelligence and sustainability we have pioneered, we can revolutionize the way the refrigerated transport operates.”
“It is important for us to ensure that our customers can rely on us to provide zero-emission means of transport refrigeration to make their urban operations more eco-friendly and stay ahead of urban transport regulations,” said Géraldine Forestier de Cespedes, Group Chief Executive Petit Forestier. “Working with partners, who are committed to sustainable development is one of our fundamental requirements. Thermo King helped us to create a highly efficient, reliable and eco-friendly solution, which is in line with our goal to be at the forefront of the greener and cleaner and more sustainable transportation in our cities.”
The key differentiators of the Thermo King E-200 include:
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About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Thermo King Corp. was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.thermoking.com.
About Petit Forestier
Established in 1907, Petit Forestier, a family group, operates in the refrigeration sector in
which it is the leader. The group can rely on a broad range of products for hire (50,600 vehicles, 44,500 refrigerated display units and 2,700 coldstores) and on a large network of agencies in France and abroad – the group is present in 18 countries in Europe and Africa. Relying on 3,500 employees, and its two hiring brands – Petit Forestier and Stricher – Petit Forestier is serving 15,000 clients with a continued commitment to quality and excellence of service. Petit Forestier generated a total turnover of up to €667,4m in 2017. For additional information, please visit www.petitforestier.com.
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NEW YORK, July 16, 2018: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) today released Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All – the first ever report to quantify the growing risks and assess the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.
The report shows there are over 1.1 billion people globally who face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling. Cooling underpins the ability of millions to escape poverty, to keep our children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and our economies productive. Access to cooling is now a fundamental issue of equity, and as temperatures hit record levels, this could also mean the difference between life or death for some.
These risks are both a development and climate change issue, as they pose challenges for the health, safety, and productivity of populations across the world – especially countries in Asia and Africa where access gaps are the largest. Yet this challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity of major new consumer markets which want super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.
“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury – it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, safe storage of life-saving vaccines, and safe work and housing conditions,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.
“This Chilling Prospects report is a wake-up call. We must meet these needs in an energy efficient way, and without using ozone damaging substances. If not, the risks to life, health and the planet are significant. But there are equally important business opportunities for those that face up to the challenge and act early.”
Closing these cooling access gaps is essential for economic growth and development for many countries, and especially vulnerable populations. Key findings based on an analysis of 52 vulnerable countries in hot climates include:
It is also estimated that cooling is now responsible for about 10% of global warming and growing rapidly. Future choices about refrigerants, the efficiency of cooling technologies, and how cooling is powered will have a significant impact on achieving the Paris Climate Agreement. Previous research indicates that by 2050, work hour losses by country due to excessive heat and lack of access to cooling are expected to be more than 2% and a high as 12%.
With the destructive effects of climate change now being widely felt, Chilling Prospects issues an urgent call- to-action and specific recommendations to government policy-makers, business leaders, investors and civil society to increase access to sustainable cooling solutions for all.
Specific report recommendations include:
Chilling Prospects is being launched during this week’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum, which is reviewing progress towards several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Meeting these growing cooling demands with clean and sustainable options for everyone is critical to support global energy goals.
The report was produced in partnership and supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP). Charlotte Pera, President & CEO of Climate Works Foundation, said: “Universal access to efficient, clean cooling is a huge prize for people and the planet, and can help achieve the SDGs. The launch of ‘Chilling Prospects’ is a big step toward that prize. Through the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, we look forward to supporting this crucial effort in partnership with health communities, businesses, and governments in the developing world. It is only through collaboration—across public, philanthropic, and private sectors—that we will succeed in tackling climate change and creating a prosperous future for all.”
Also commenting on the report, Jürgen Fischer, President Danfoss Cooling and industry representative in the Cooling for All Global Panel, said: “Industry is ready for sustainable cooling. Energy-efficient and low global warming potential technology is available today and needs to be implemented globally. Therefore, we are pleased to help shed light on the importance of worldwide access to sustainable cooling. Through continued investment in innovation, best-in-class technology can help solve some of the world´s biggest problems starting today.”
Sustainable Energy for All produced the report as part of the Cooling for All initiative, which developed the report along with contributions from the Global Panel on Access to Cooling. The report draws attention to the direct intersection between three internationally agreed goals: the Paris Climate Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals; and the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment. One of the key goals of the Kigali Amendment is to limit consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas used widely in air conditioners and refrigerators.
Read the report in full here
Cooling down is catching on. As incomes rise and populations grow, especially in the world’s hotter regions, the use of air conditioners is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the use of air conditioners and electric fans already accounts for about a fifth of the total electricity in buildings around the world – or 10% of all global electricity consumption. Over the next three decades, the use of ACs is set to soar, becoming one of the top drivers of global electricity demand. A new analysis by the International Energy Agency shows how new standards can help the world avoid facing such a “cold crunch” by helping improve efficiency while also staying cool. (…)
EPEE, the voice of the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry in Europe had the chance to participate earlier this month in the “Sustainable Energy For All” (SE4ALL) Forum in Lisbon, speaking at a dedicated “Cooling for all” panel discussion. It was an important opportunity for EPEE to demonstrate the key role the industry is playing in day to day lives within our current society, which relies heavily on cooling and refrigeration. But this session also highlighted the huge responsibility lying with our sector, to provide sustainable solutions given the expected market growth in the coming decades, particularly in developing countries. Next to “cooling for all”, the Forum also emphasized the increased urgency for providing clean energy and clean cooking solutions around the world.
Fortunately, the HVACR industry is fully committed to provide sustainable cooling and refrigeration solutions and bringing clean and energy efficient solutions to urban and rural areas of developing countries in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Technologies are readily available to be deployed, helping to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the short, medium and long term. These include for example highly energy efficient equipment, reducing energy demand right from the start, as well as technologies using renewable energies such as heat pumps, and also, often overlooked albeit very effective, continuous monitoring, service and maintenance. More broadly speaking, smart equipment can make a huge contribution to reducing energy demand, for example by helping consumers deal with the fluctuating influx of renewable energies. In parallel, thinking “thermally” rather than only focusing on generation of refrigeration by using electricity, can also be a way to provide sustainable cooling solutions.
On top of these energy efficiency-based solutions, the HVACR industry has also made a strong commitment in the framework of the Kigali amendment, to phase-down the consumption of HFCs on a global level by around 80% in the coming decades. The Amendment introduced under the Montreal Protocol will enter into force as of 1st January 2019 and has already been ratified by more than 30 countries. In the EU, the F-Gas Regulation has already been in place since 2015, also introducing an HFC phase-down of around 80% by 2030. Efforts to reduce HFC consumption on a worldwide level will, according to UN Environment, prevent a rise in global temperature of up to 0.5°C by 2100, while continuing to protect the ozone layer.
To help developing countries address the challenges of the Kigali Amendment, EPEE has also partnered with UN Environment and has developed “HFC Outlook”, a dedicated software to model and anticipate HFC phase-down scenarios in conjunction with the phase-out of HCFCs. After a very successful pilot project developed together with the governments of Kuwait and Bahrain, seven more countries have joined the second phase of the pilot to use “HFC Outlook” in their context. The new pilot kicked-off in Paris with a workshop at the beginning of May, and showed once again the commitment and dedication of the HVACR industry to provide concrete, tangible solutions to provide sustainable cooling for present and future generations.
On April 18 and 19, the University of Birmingham brought together over 100 cooling and energy efficiency decision-makers and experts to discuss the urgent topic of how to meet our global demand for cooling sustainability and build cooperation to find ways to provide access to affordable and sustainable cooling solutions for all.
The world’s first ‘clean cold’ conference was opened with a double keynote addressed by Sir David Kind, Chair of the Regional Energy Policy Commission and former Special Representative for Climate Change UK and Pawanexh Kohli, Chief advisor and CEO for the National Centre for Cold-chain Development in India.
Congress attendees, had also the opportunity to listen to the opening remarks of Ian Crosby, Head of Cooling For All, an initiative created by Sustainable Energy for All and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme.
Clean Cooling has the potential to advance three internationally agreed goals simultaneously: the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Developmental Goals and the Montreal protocol’s Kigali Amendment. Therefore, and as stated during this pioneering congress, clean cooling has the potential to address effectively poverty, reduce food loss, improve citizens general well-being, raise energy efficiency, manage our national resources and support sustainable cities and communities while fighting climate change.
Professor Toby Peters, chairman of the coolingEU Academic Mirror Group and one of the ambassadors and minds behind the organization of the event, together with Professor Martin Freer, underlined that ‘The growth of artificial cooling is already having a major environmental impact; left unchecked it could be responsible for more than 13% of total global emissions by 2030. This is an urgent crisis. We need to work together to progress how we provide sustainable affordable cooling services to all. Not just technologies but also new business models, policy, skills, capacity building and training which will be required.’
The different topics covered during the congress englobed all the key matters that affect cooling supply and accessibility. Urbanization, accessibility in developed countries, food and cold chains and thermal storage were some of the most discussed subjects.
On the matter of urbanization, 77 million people per year are moving to urban areas, specially in developed regions. This presents and extra challenge to supply cities with clean, sustainable and affordable cooling. On this matter, Ingo Wagner, coordinator of coolingEU hosted a plenary discussion together with Professor Graeme Maiment from London South Bank University and Guillermo Martinez from the company Araner to identify, among others technologies, the value that district cooling brings as an integral energy infrastructure to reduce strain on the electric grid caused by increasing demand while ensuring reliability and safety. Effective cooling supply is key to sustainable urbanization and promotes economic growth at the local level.
Another key topic during the congress was the food chain. Pawanexh Kohli, chief executive at the National Centre for Cold-chain Development in India underlined during her intervention that ‘“Feeding the planet is not just the business of farmers. Refrigerated logistics is critical to managing our food resources, expanding market frontiers and reducing food loss (…) At the same time we also need to reduce the impact of our logistics on our environment, and that requires international collaboration. We need innovation today, to develop the sustainable cold chain of tomorrow.” On the matter of the benefits of the cold chain, Rosa Rolle from UNFAO, emphasized that the cold chain is an important driver to enable rural transformation in developed countries: ‘The cold chain not only increases food security by preserving the food and reducing waste but it also presents economic benefits for entrepreneurs while increasing the income of local producers’’
This Congress has been the first of its kind and after its successful first edition, it is to be expected that it will become a regular congress to define and accelerate to market solutions to deliver clean cooling from a multitude of different perspectives.