Cooling for All
Cooling is essential for everyday life – from the cold chain systems that deliver our food and vaccines, to protection from extreme heatwaves. And yet 1.05 billion people worldwide are facing risks due to lack of cooling: limited access to nutritious food, essential health services like vaccines, and respite from rising temperatures.
Cooling for All aims to identify and overcome the challenges to, and seize the opportunities of, providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all. To do this, SEforALL engages leaders, benchmarks progress and supports access to cooling initiatives to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from intensifying global heat.
You can get in touch with us at CoolingforAll@SEforALL.org
Engineer Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) announced grant awards for seven proposals in its "Chill Challenge", an initiative to develop affordable refrigeration technologies for off-grid households in the developing world. The development of off-grid refrigeration has enormous potential for improving the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.
Selected media coverage
Hotter days ahead, but cooling India can't be only about air-conditioning, Economic Times, India
Nigeria, Liberia, 10 others at risk of public safety, health, food security – Report, The Guardian, Nigeria
Health and safety of 1 billion people at risk from lack of access to cooling, Economic Times, India
Cooling for All Secretariat
The Cooling for All Secretariat is a platform for coordinating responses to address access to cooling. The Secretariat aims to identify the challenges of providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all, and to seize opportunities to support access initiatives.
The Secretariat takes an “efficiency-first” approach that emphasizes the need to think systematically about what cooling services people require and how to deliver them in a way that minimizes energy demands. This gives priority to simple solutions, like white roofs/walls, alongside other high-efficiency cooling technologies that run on sustainable energy.
Our work is guided by the Global Panel on Access to Cooling, a group of leaders from business, philanthropy, policy and academia committed to providing Cooling for All.
Learn more about the need for sustainable cooling through our flagship report Chilling Prospects or by exploring our Knowledge and Data resources and the Access to Cooling Initiatives supported by the Secretariat.