Effective cooling is essential to preserve food and medicines. It is key within sustainable urbanisation, it underpins economic growth, and provides a ladder out of rural poverty. However, unmanaged growth in cooling, especially in emerging and fast-growing markets, represents one of the largest threats to climate goals, natural resources and energy resilience. Meeting the societal need in developing economies without catastrophic environmental impact requires the development of sustainable ‘clean cooling’ energy systems.
IGI research in this area focuses upon the societal, business and financial models, as well as aligned regulation, that will allow ‘clean cooling’ to be optimally integrated in a commercially sensible and technologically practical way, ensuring benefits can be equitable and widely realised. This IGI theme is run in conjunction with the Birmingham Energy Institute.