Birmingham Energy Institute Policy Commission is to host an event to report on cold energy and the benefits of an integrated systems approach to energy policy this October.

The event titled Doing Cold Smarter’, is taking place on 28th October, 2015 at Whitehall Place, Westminster. The commission will report on its findings at a launch event on 28th October 2015 and present the recommended steps forward to integrate such a policy.

The initiative  was launched earlier this year to produce a roadmap for the UK to navigate the complexity of cold energy provision and provide direction for investment in sustainable solutions.

Cold is a vital part of energy policy for the future. But despite this fact, 14% (almost £5.2bn each year) of Britain’s electricity goes to cooling – it has been little explored.

The provision of cold, or cooling, is integral to modern society; without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. Cold is also vital for many other applications including air conditioning, super-critical technologies and freezing and powdering materials for recycling and easy disposal.

While current technologies may relieve pressure on the supply chain, the environmental impact would be severe.

The launch event will include short presentations from the academic leads and commissioners as well as opportunity for questions, discussions and feedback.

For further information about the commission, visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/doingcoldsmarter

To register your free attendance email energy@contacts.bham.ac.uk for more information.