Public safety, health and food security at risk for more than one billion people due to lack of cooling access
Addressing unreliable, energy inefficient cold chains for life-saving medicines and safe food key to deliver sustainable cooling access without exacerbating the climate crisis
Latest SEforALL report calls on governments, industry and development finance to urgently provide sustainable cooling solutions for high-risk groups
As temperatures hit record highs globally, significant populations are at increasing risk from lack of cooling access according to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) research released today – threatening a spike in global energy demand and profound climate impacts.
Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2019 shines a light on the growing cooling access challenge. This year’s report finds that the public safety, health, safe medicine and food supply for 1.05 billion people in poor rural and urban areas are now at risk from lack of access to cooling. That includes adequate refrigeration, access to a reliable fan, air conditioning and other areas that are essential as the earth’s temperatures rise due to climate change.
“As the world rapidly urbanizes and temperatures only grow, we risk a significant increase in the number of people without access to sustainable cooling”, said António Mexia, Chairman of the SEforALL Administrative Board and CEO of Energias de Portugal (EDP). “By 2030, the cost of productivity losses will be USD 2 trillion, and it will be the developing world that suffers the greatest “productivity penalty” as they deal with record temperatures and lack of cooling, stunting economic growth and further exacerbating global cooling inequity.”