Ilana Koegelenberg, Hydrocarbons21
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), an international environmental group, has released an update to its 2018 study regarding the challenges the developing world faces in providing affordable cooling (refrigeration and comfort cooling) in a sustainable way that doesn’t exacerbate the climate crisis.
The new report – “2019 Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All” – provides policy makers, the private sector and development financiers with tools and guidance on how to accelerate progress on areas of priority, according to the executive summary. It was written with technical assistance from the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP).
“With just over 10 years to deliver the [United Nations] Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] and avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, this is not an abstract concept,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Government of Rwanda, in the foreword of the 2019 report. “Cooling for All is an issue of equity that demands our focus right now.”