Clean Cold and the Global Goals

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‘Cooling is vital; without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. Clean cold is vital for sustainable development; without that, we cannot achieve the UN’S Global Goals.’ Toby Peters, Professor in Power and Cold Economy, University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a world-leader in clean cold expertise. Our scientists are working alongside experts around the globe to tackle the cooling challenge.

Clean Cold and the Global Goals, launched by the Birmingham Energy Institute is a major research project, which investigates how clean cold could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) Global Goals. The 17 ‘Global Goals’ commit the international community to put the world to rights by 2030 - abolishing poverty and hunger; providing good healthcare and education; raising people’s quality of life; and cleaning up the environment, whilst promoting economic growth.

Tomatoes, carrots and green vegetablesToby Peters, Professor in Power and Cold Economy, and colleagues at the University of Birmingham, aim to work with partners in countries where demand for ‘clean cold’ is soaring, such as India and China. They will develop strategies using novel low-carbon and zero-emission technologies, and new policy approaches.

In February 2017, the Birmingham Energy Institute, supported by the UK’s Science and Innovation team, Department for International Trade, and India’s National Centre for Cold Chain Development, hosted a four-day workshop and study tour in India. The event brought together government, industry, technology, and academic experts from India and the UK to look at how ‘clean-cold’ technology can help farmers get more food to market whilst minimising their carbon footprint.


Martin Freer - Clean Cold quoteClean Cold and the Global Goals follows the success of Birmingham’s Policy Commission Doing Cold Smarter, led by Lord Robin Teverson in 2015. The Policy Commission highlighted the energy efficiency and decarbonisation benefits being missed by a failure to enable the cold economy.