Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All is a groundbreaking report written by SEforALL. It was produced in partnership with and supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) as part of the Cooling for All initiative, which developed the report along with contributions from the Global Panel on Access to Cooling.
The report shows there are more than 1.1 billion people globally who face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling. Cooling underpins the ability of millions to escape poverty, to keep children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and economies productive. Access to cooling is now a fundamental issue of equity, and as temperatures hit record levels, for some, it can mean the difference between life and death.
These risks are issues of both development and climate change, as they pose challenges for the health, safety, and productivity of populations across the world – especially countries in Asia and Africa where access gaps are the largest. Yet this challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity of major new consumer markets which require super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.
Chilling Prospects also draws attention to the direct intersection between 3 internationally agreed goals: the Paris Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals; and the Montreal Protocol’s Kigali Amendment.
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Download the Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All full report here.
The Chinese version of Chilling Prospects is available for download here: 全球可持续制冷普惠的风险与机遇
The Chinese executive summary of Chilling Prospects is available for download here: 全球可持续制冷普惠的风险与机遇 概述
Chilling Prospects identifies 9 countries with the biggest populations facing significant cooling-related risks, including 5 in Asia, 3 in Africa, and 1 in Latin America.
- India has the largest number of people facing risks across all dimensions
- Bangladesh, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Sudan have the most significant rural populations facing health risks, food and nutrition security, as well as challenges to human productivity
- Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan have the most significant slum-dweller populations facing risks
India—followed by Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Brazil—has the largest population at risk of buying the least efficient appliances.