India Cooling Action Plan:
Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav has said that India is the first country with a cooling action plan based on energy efficiency and thermal comfort.
- He stated this while addressing the Ministerial Roundtable for Green Economy at the World Green Economy Summit at the World Trade Center in Dubai.
- The India Cooling Action seeks to:
- reduce cooling demand across sectors by 20% to 25% by 2037-38,
- reduce refrigerant demand by 25% to 30% by 2037-38,
- Reduce cooling energy requirements by 25% to 40% by 2037-38,
- recognize “cooling and related areas” as a thrust area of research under national S&T Programme,
- training and certification of 100,000 servicing sector technicians by 2022-23, synergizing with Skill India Mission.
- Benefits would accrue to the society:
- Thermal comfort for all – provision for cooling for EWS and LIG housing,
- Sustainable cooling – low GHG emissions related to cooling,
- Doubling Farmers Income – better cold chain infrastructure – better value of produce to farmers, less wastage of produce,
- Robust R&D on alternative cooling technologies – to provide push to innovation in cooling sector.