Reports

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Doing Cold Smarter

Clean Cold and the Global Goals

India's Third Agricultural Revolution

Retail Refrigeration 

A Cool World: Definining the Energy Conundrum of Cooling for All

Doing Cold Smarter

Clean Cooling sat on the side line of the energy debate for many years. This was in spite of its booming demand, influence over key issues such as healthcare and food supply, and it’s highly energy intensive nature. To bring this crucial topic to the front lines of the energy debate the Birmingham Energy Institute created their own policy, “Doing Cold Smarter” chaired by Lord Teverson.

This policy commission detailed the challenges the booming demand for cold has created and the repercussions that could be faced if nothing is done about it. Through the policy commission a series of recommendations are made that can help prevent the impending environmental crisis.

The Commissioners

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Doing cold smarter report (PDF)

Clean Cold and the Global Goals

Clean Cold and the Global Goals is a pivotal 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.

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Clean coal and the global goals report (PDF)

India's Third Agricultural Revolution

Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. Prime Minister Modi declared ‘I wish to double the income of farmers by 2022 when India will celebrate 75 years of its independence’. To reach its full economic potential, Indian agriculture urgently needs a third revolution: the ‘cool’ revolution to build efficient market links through a sustainable cold chain. This report was written as a result of a study tour and workshop led by the University of Birmingham’s Energy Institute, with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Trade and India’s National Centre for Cold-chain Development. It addresses the next steps in the challenge of developing sustainable cold chains in India quickly.

Following the release of this report, further bi-lateral workshops  and the subsequent Cool World Congress, the University of Birmingham and the State Government of Haryana have signed an agreement to advance the use of ‘clean cold’ technology in India and help meet rising demand for cooling sustainably. The agreement will see a collaboration to develop centres of excellence for clean cold chains that will help to map out a blueprint and delivery plan for sustainable cooling across the north Indian state. 

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India's third agricultural revolution report (PDF)

Retail refrigeration

Retailers have been set a series of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) phase-down targets to encourage a shift towards natural refrigerants. Although progress is being made, retailers are not transitioning quickly enough to meet these targets. As retailers make the transition it is important they consider the whole system impacts of refrigeration, not just the need to meet refrigerant targets. In particular, the long term energy efficiency of wider system needs must be considered to ensure that any refrigeration technology selected maximises the overall environmental benefits and economic opportunities. The report Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold examines what the move to natural refrigerants means for retailers and the opportunity to consider overall store and system architecture to deliver broader longer term benefits.

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Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold report (PDF)

Commentary

Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold

A Cool World: Definining the Energy Conundrum of Cooling for All

The cooling sector is fast becoming one of our foremost environmental concerns. For the next 30 years, it is predicted that 19 cooling appliances will be installed every second; but even with this mass growth in the cooling sector, much of the world will still be without access to cooling, suffering the consequence: food wastage, spoiled medicines, unsafe living and working environments. However, the problem is not solely social, but also environmental.

If we are to deliver access to cooling for all, by 2050, we could require 14 billion cooling appliances globally - four times as many as are in use today. This would see the cooling sector consume five times the amount of energy it does today, and without radical intervention, ‘greening’ this volume of electricity could consume 80% of our projected renewables capacity in 2050. As we transition from hydrocarbons to renewables, we need a whole system approach to develop new, efficient paradigms for clean cooling. In order to achieve this, we need to stop asking ourselves ‘how much electricity do we need to generate?’ and start asking ‘what is the service we require, and how can we provide it in the least damaging way?’

‘A Cool World – Defining the Energy Conundrum of Cooling for All’, a new University of Birmingham report, sets out to provide, for the first time, an initial indication of the scale of the energy implications of Cooling for All, a scenario that would see ubiquitous penetration of cooling - and next steps to manage this within our climate change and natural resource limits.

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A Cool World – Defining the Energy Conundrum of Cooling for All (PDF)

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