Global access to cooling gaps and 2030 forecast
Chilling Prospects 2022 shows us that the risks to people, products and the planet are growing, with the risk from a lack of access to cooling rising again compared to last year. This chapter summarizes global access to cooling risks, assesses populations at risk in high impact countries and non-high-impact countries , and provides a forecast for access to cooling in 2030 using SDG-based scenarios.
The data in this report make it clear: equitable economies, access to sustainable energy, and just, inclusive clean energy transitions are only possible with sustainable cooling for all.
This section examines global cooling-access gaps among 54 high-impact countries and the high-temperature regions of 22 countries not considered high impact. More
Populations at risk in the 54 high-impact countries for access to cooling
Populations at risk in countries not considered high impact
The 2022 analysis found that across the 22 countries not considered high impact, but with regions that have extreme heat hazards, an additional 166.3 million people are estimated to be at risk due to a lack of access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions. More
The role of other goals and commitments on sustainable cooling
Achieving universal electricity access (SDG7.1.1) and eradicating extreme poverty (SDG1.1) by 2030 will be critical in reducing the number of people at high risk due to a lack of access to cooling. More
Published in November 2022, this analysis dives deeper into how progress towards SDG 7.2 (renewable energy) and SDG 7.3 (energy efficiency) can reduce the number of people at risk and support achieving SDG13 (climate action). More