Qatar Sustainable Cooling Workshop

Taking into account guidance and protocols being instituted by partner organisations in Qatar, we have decided to postpone the Sustainable Cooling Workshop on Wednesday 11th March.  This is obviously deeply disappointing, but with the threat of spread of Covid-19, it is of paramount importance that we consider the health of delegates, both locally and those travelling in from the University of Birmingham.

We will be looking to confirm new dates after the summer. In the interim, the University of Birmingham remain committed to supporting Qatar’s development of sustainable cooling solutions and are always happy to discuss collaborative initiatives.

The Qatar Sustainable Cooling Workshop will explore the needs and opportunities for “clean cooling” with in-country partners and key stakeholders from Qatar and the UK. Delegates will share knowledge on innovative cooling technologies, building new collaborations through government, research and industry partnerships to drive advancement opportunities around the challenge of sustainable cooling.


Effective cooling is essential to preserve and transport food and medicine; it underpins economic growth and is key to urbanisation. However, unmanaged growth in cooling represents one of the largest threats to climate goals, natural resources and energy resilience. Meeting societal need without catastrophic environmental impact requires a new approach through sustainable clean cooling energy systems harnessing transformational new technologies.

We do not simply need more efficient air-conditioners and fridges or transport refrigeration units; we need new integrated, system-level approaches to cooling. We need to understand 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, including district cooling networks.

Qatar Sustainable Cooling Workshop

Location: Qatar National Convention Centre, Education City, Doha, Qatar. 

During this workshop, delegates will develop the framework for the next steps on a national sustainable cooling action plan with in-country partners, government, industry, energy users and academia from Qatar and the UK. Through thought-provoking discussions, we will all explore the opportunities linked to integrated, low-carbon, low emissions cooling systems and we will discuss how to accelerate their deployment.  The findings and recommendations developed in this workshop will help shape the thinking in-country as well as feed into the COP26 conference and other global sustainable cooling initiatives.

The workshop aims to act as a catalyst to create Qatar and UK, academic and industry collaborations that will share knowledge; build capacity, and galvanise novel technology demonstration and advancement opportunities around the challenge of “clean cooling”. In doing so, we will build on existing leadership and expertise in energy and specifically cooling across the two markets (Qatar 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 radical technologies for meeting both built environment and transport cooling demands.

We will close the workshop with clear recommendations and next steps to:

  • develop new sustainable, integrated system approaches to cooling (built environment but also the major demand of cooling in transport);
  • demonstrate and integrate emerging and existing technologies;
  • identify and develop new technologies for local markets and global application.

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