With the publication today of the University of Birmingham’s report on clean-cold technologies, titled Doing Cold Smarter, Dearman has responded with its own message of urgency in tackling cold energy demand.
The new report recognises the urgent need to rethink cooling in order to avoid worsening environmental impacts and to grasp the opportunity of the UK’s burgeoning cold economy.
The result of a high-level Policy Commission, the report acknowledges the vital role that cold plays in modern life, the environmental impact it has and the rapidly growing global demand for all forms of cooling. It warns that food, medicine, energy and IT security will be ‘impossible to provide’ in many parts of the world by 2060 without government intervention in new clean-cold technology.
The report also sets out a roadmap for how the delivery of cold can be made cleaner and more sustainable, both by bringing forward new technologies and by addressing cold as part of the overall energy system.
Dearman has responded favourably to its release today, issuing a call to action of its own in this area. Toby Peters, CEO of Dearman and one of the lead academics on the Policy Commission, commented, “I have long argued that cold is the Cinderella of the energy debate. There has been a myopic focus on heat and electricity, ignoring the iceberg that is coming our way.”
“As the planet warms and as people in Asia, Latin America and Africa become richer, the global demand for cooling will boom. Unless we find a way to provide genuinely sustainable and energy efficient refrigeration, air conditioning, and chilled transportation, then the impact on CO2 targets and air pollution will become insurmountable.”
“But I’m optimistic,” he continued. “The avalanche of cold demand has not yet hit us. And while it is an impending threat, if we act now, it represents a huge opportunity to create viable new technologies, to reshape and integrate infrastructure and to create jobs. By addressing these challenges, we can form a vibrant new cold economy and the UK can lead the world.”