The University of Birmingham has announced that it is set to host the world’s first ‘clean cold’ conference in Spring 2018, bringing together academics, industry experts and policy makers to debate the future of ‘greener’ cooling systems.
Although no firm dates have yet been set for the conference, it is likely to take place in the first quarter of 2018 and will see some of the industry’s leading figures setting out their views on how improvements could be made to scientific-based environmental policies on cooling.
Cooling systems are currently used across a range of sectors. These include agriculture and healthcare, where they are vital in keeping food and medicines at a safe temperature to preserve them. They are also valuable in the hospitality, leisure and catering industries and are used in homes, offices and other business premises globally. In some parts of the world that suffer from higher summer temperatures, air cooling systems are used in virtually all domestic and commercial settings to make day-to-day life bearable in the intense heat.
Unfortunately, many such systems are run on highly-polluting fossil fuels, which means that looking for greener alternatives will be crucial to protect the environment and see that air cooling has a long-term, sustainable future. Developing cleaner cooling systems, the conference organisers believe, could have significant benefits for both industries and communities across the world, limiting the harm such systems can do to the environment.
The conference is likely to look at the future of cooling and how market demands look set to change over the coming decades as the population grows and the needs of industries become more complex. Another key focus will be on the social, health and economic opportunities that cleaner, more advanced cooling systems could provide for businesses across the world, particularly as demand grows in developing countries.
The 2018 conference was announced by the University of Birmingham’s Professor Toby Peters when he attended the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) workshop organised by the UN General Assembly in New York. Speaking during a Cooling for All event, Professor Peters expressed his concerns that cooling solutions posed major challenges that needed urgent and direct action, particularly in the fastest-growing economies.
He said the conference’s priorities should be to explore how cleaner and more sustainable cooling systems should be developed to continue feeding the world’s ever-increasing population whilst limiting the social and environmental damage that air cooling systems can cause.
The announcement of the conference has been widely praised and the event itself is a much-needed step forward in environmental thinking around cooling solutions. With so many industry experts already expressing an interest in attending, this conference could not only safeguard the futures of firms that work in the cooling solution sector but also lead to greener and more sustainable systems in the years to come.