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July 17, 2018

New Chilling Prospects Report shows Lack of Cooling Access threatens Health, Prosperity, and the Climate

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Photo: Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), briefs the press on the launch of the report “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All.” 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

NEW YORK, July 16, 2018: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) today released Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All - the first-ever report to quantify the growing risks and assess the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.

The report shows there are over 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.

“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury - it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, secure storage of life-saving vaccines, and dependable work and housing conditions,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

According to the report, these risks are both development and climate change issue, 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. This challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity for significant new consumer markets which want super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.

Closing these cooling access gaps is essential for economic growth and development in many countries, the report said.

Following are the report’s Key Findings based on an analysis of 52 vulnerable countries in hot climates:

1.1 billion people face cooling access risks, including:

Nine countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America have the most significant populations facing significant cooling risks.

These countries are India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, China, Mozambique, and Sudan.

2.3 billion people represent a different kind of cooling risk - a growing middle class, where limited purchasing options mean they may only be able to afford to buy less expensive and less efficient cooling devices, which could spike global energy demand with profound climate impacts.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) launched its Chilling Prospects Report on July 16, 2018, during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainability currently taking place in New York.

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