Chilling Prospects: High-impact Countries 2010-2020

Data analysis

Chilling Prospects reports have detailed the data challenges in measuring access to cooling.

SEforALL undertook a review of new data sources and updates to existing data sets in order to provide a 10-year review of trends in access to cooling. The data here available reflects access gaps for the rural poor, urban poor and lower-middle income populations from 2010 for 54 high-impact countries.


Rural Poor: Lack access to electricity and likely to live in extreme poverty. Includes subsistence farmers without access to an intact cold chain and those who may lack access to properly stored vaccines.
Urban Poor: May have some access to electricity, but live in poor quality housing; may have a refrigerator, but food often spoils due to intermittent power.
Lower-Middle Income: Ready to purchase an affordable cooling device, but purchasing options are limited, causing them to favour more affordable options that are more likely to be inefficient, which could raise energy consumption and GHG emissions.

High-impact countries

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, China, Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, The; Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Lao PDR, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen

Critical 9

The Critical 9 are the countries with the largest number of people at high risk: India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mozambique, Sudan, Brazil

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