This unprecedented approach to cooling technology, for which standards are being developed, calls for climate-friendly refrigeration and air conditioning equipment to be accessible by all who need it.
Birmingham, U.K. and Brussels, Belgium (April 29, 2020) – The Centre For Sustainable Cooling, led by co-director Toby Peters, and shecco today unveiled a collaborative project that refines the concept of “Clean Cooling,” an unprecedented, holistic approach to refrigeration and air conditioning systems that incorporates the most efficient and environmentally friendly technologies while addressing the pressing societal need for cooling equipment in developing countries.
A document outlining the project can be read and downloaded here.
Clean Cooling “provides resilient cooling for all who need it without environmental damage and climate impact,” says the document, authored by Peters, Professor in Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, U.K. Clean Cooling “meets cooling needs while contributing towards achieving society’s goals for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction, climate change mitigation, natural resource conservation and air quality improvement.”
Moreover, the document says, Clean Cooling “must be accessible, affordable, financially sustainable, scalable, safe, and reliable to help deliver societal, economic and health goals as defined by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
To help accelerate the transition from traditional cooling to Clean Cooling, the Centre For Sustainable Cooling is developing a set of measurable standards for Clean Cooling against which cooling innovation and projects can be assessed. “These standards will help all stakeholders to properly understand and quantify the true sustainability (financial, social and environmental) of cooling technology, including CO2e emissions reduction,” the document says.
Depending on market interest, this could become the basis for a first-of-its-kind formal Clean Cooling Audit-and-Certification Program.
“As we create the framework for the definition and measurement of Clean Cooling, we welcome comments from all stakeholders,” said Peters and Marc Chasserot, CEO of shecco, a market accelerator for climate-friendly cooling and heating technologies that use natural refrigerants.
“Clean Cooling will be the gold standard for everything to do with cooling systems,” added Chasserot. “It will bring all the pieces of the cooling puzzle into one measurable whole.”
About the Centre for Sustainable Cooling: The Birmingham, U.K.-based Centre for Sustainable Cooling (CSC) brings together a consortium of international academic institutions to work with governments, industry, development agencies and NGOs to solve the cooling challenge: accelerated access to cooling for all who need it sustainably.
About shecco: Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, shecco supports over 200 partners worldwide in the HVAC&R sector, where the focus is on sustainable refrigeration, heating & cooling technologies using natural refrigerants. shecco offers a variety of services in three areas: 1) media, including online industry platforms and magazines 2) market development, including market research, consultancy and public affairs services; and 3) events, including international conferences and national workshops.
To read the full document outlining the project, click here.
For more information about Centre for Sustainable Cooling, click here.
For more information about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, click here.