Chilling Prospects series
Chilling Prospects is a groundbreaking report series by SEforALL in partnership with and supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) as part of the Cooling for All initiative, which develops the reports along with contributions from the Global Panel on Access to Cooling.
Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2021 finds a major increase in urban and rural poor populations at high risk from a lack of access to cooling, totaling 1.09 billion people. Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa at highest risk, with poverty impact of COVID-19 and rapidly growing hot cities contributing to increased risk. In 2021, fifty million more people face heat-related risks as COVID-19 increases global cooling access challenges for the first time
Released for the first time in 2018, Chilling Prospects was a global wake-up call – and was the first report to define and quantify the magnitude of the global cooling access challenge and call for new and sustained action to address the issue.
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1.09 billion people are at high risk due to lack of access to cooling and a further 2.34 billion lack access to clean and efficient cooling.
Across 54 high-impact countries, 1.02 billion people among the rural and urban poor remain at high risk in 2020. This includes 318 million people living in poor rural areas and 699 million living in poor urban areas.
Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2019 is the second report in the Chilling Prospects series and serves as a follow-up to the inaugural report’s wake-up call and call to action.
Chilling Prospects is the first report to define and quantify the magnitude of the cooling access challenge, including an assessment of countries facing the biggest risks.