New Delhi, March 9: “Cooling requirement is cross sectorial and an essential part for economic growth and is required across different sectors of the economy such as residential and commercial buildings, cold-chain, refrigeration, transport and industries”, said Environmental Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan releasing the India Cooling Action Plan in the national capital.
“India is one of the first countries in the world to develop a comprehensive Cooling Action plan which has a long term vision to address the cooling requirement across sectors and lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand”, he added further.
India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) provides an integrated vision towards cooling across sectors encompassing reduction of cooling demand, refrigerant transition, enhancing energy efficiency and better technology options with a 20 year time horizon.
The Environment Minister said that the thrust of the plan is to look for synergies in actions for securing both environmental and socio-economic benefits. “The overarching goal of ICAP is to provide sustainable cooling and thermal comfort for all while securing environmental and socio-economic benefits for the society. This will also help in reducing both direct and indirect emissions”, he stated.
The India Cooling Action seeks to reduce cooling demand across sectors by 20% to 25% by 2037-38 along with reducing refrigerant demand by 25% to 30% by the aligned period.
Further it aims at reducing cooling energy requirements by 25% to 40% along with training and certification of 100,000 servicing sector technicians by 2022-23, synergizing under Skill India Mission. These actions will have significant climate benefits, read the statement.
Leaving aside the environmental benefits, the plan would also accrue to the society with doubling farmers income, better cold chain infrastructure, better value of produce to farmers, and less wastage of produce. It will also serve the skilled workforce for better livelihoods and environmental protection.
“Cooling is also linked to human health and productivity. Linkages of cooling with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are well acknowledged. The cross-sectorial nature of cooling and its use in development of the economy makes provision for cooling an important developmental necessity”, Dr Vardhan signed off.