Doing cold smarter – demand for clean cold addressed


The Uk’s University of Birmingham today announced the creation of a new Policy Commission on cold, entitled ‘Doing Cold Smarter’.

It will explore how the UK can become a leader in the burgeoning, clean cold industry; how the provision of cold can be transformed through new technology; and how cold infrastructure should be delivered at a national and international level.

The provision of cold is a vital foundation of modern society – from medicine and chilled food, to data centres and air conditioning. The UK already spends around £5.2bn per year, across the nation’s energy grid and transport network, to keep people and products cold. 

Globally, the demand for cold is expected to boom. The European Commission estimates that the EU’s cooling needs will increase by 72% by 2030. India, is forecast to invest $15bn in new cold chain infrastructure in the next five years. The number of refrigerated lorries on the roads is expected to more than double to 9.6 million by 2025.

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