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Webinar - The right steps to sustainable cooling

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Webinar - The right steps to sustainable cooling

Daniel Aragón
Limiting global mean temperature rise to 1.5ºC is becoming increasingly challenging, as regions worldwide are experiencing more frequent, intense, and longer heat events. To address this urgent issue and prepare for a hotter world, climate adaptation interventions are necessary on a global scale.

This webinar provided valuable insights into sustainable cooling solutions within the context of the Future of Cooling Programme at the University of Oxford. The event showcased the research advancements of the EU-funded project ResCool, shedding light on the countries most affected by rising temperatures and explaining the existing barriers in the cooling sector, primarily associated with the vapour-compression refrigerant technology prevalent in the industry.

Led by Dr. Nicole Miranda, Senior Researcher of the Future of Cooling Programme, and Dr. Jesus Lizana, Marie-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, the presentation commenced with an introduction to the framework of the Future of Cooling programme. Attendees gained an understanding of the program's objectives and its relevance in addressing the challenges posed by increasing temperatures.

Then the webinar delved into the specific regions that are particularly susceptible to the impacts of rising temperatures, emphasizing the need for comprehensive cooling solutions to safeguard vulnerable populations and ensure their well-being. Furthermore, presenting economic models of ownership of sustainable cooling solutions that could provide a viable solution for the dilemma. The discussion highlighted the negative consequences of relying on the current dominant cooling technology, vapour-compression refrigerants, and the urgent need to overcome the barriers associated with its usage.

Dr. Nicole Miranda: "By the end of the century, air conditioning will use more energy than heating"

The presentation concluded with a focus on the necessary steps, presented in the right order, to achieve sustainable cooling globally. By emphasizing the roles of both industry and academia, the webinar underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing the gaps and challenges in the cooling sector. Attendees gained insights into the actions required to foster sustainable cooling practices and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

Overall, the webinar on sustainable cooling solutions presented an opportunity to explore the research advances made by the ResCool project and the Future of Cooling Programme at the University of Oxford. By shedding light on the most affected regions, existing barriers, and necessary steps, the event served as a platform to encourage global efforts towards sustainable cooling, paving the way for a more resilient and climate-adaptive future.



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