Sustainable cooling is focus of World Bank forum

John Gaylen, president of Danfoss North America, delivered a message of hope at The World Bank forum.
December 5, 2018

John Gaylen, president of Danfoss North America, delivered a positive message about the implementation of sustainable cooling in developing countries at a recent forum hosted by The World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Representatives of the bank, governments and NGOs were on hand to hear how the industry can help deliver cooling technologies in both developed and developing countries that are sustainable, accessible and affordable.

”The industry has a proven track record of meeting both refrigerant and energy-efficiency challenges, especially in developed countries,” Galyen said. ”The challenges in developing countries are different because comfort cooling and cold chains are not as well-established — and these are places where population growth, and therefore cooling demand, is concentrated.

”The good news is that we have available proven technologies and best practices to provide sustainable and energy-efficient cooling solutions.”

Gaylen noted, however, that in developing countries a significant challenge exists due to a focus on the first cost of more advanced technology.

”We need to change the focus to lifecycle costing, and we need the public and private sectors to lead in providing education, training and support,” he said.

For example, in India, where it is estimated that 40 percent of all perishable food is lost due to an inadequate cold chain, Danfoss worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry to create a new process called ”Banana Festival” that would help farmers implement best practices and strengthen education on post-harvest management. This collaboration of private and public organizations has resulted in the ability of banana farmers to more than double their productivity and sell their crops to Europe for the first time.

”If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions — and while one billion people go to bed hungry, one third of all food is lost due to inefficient or non-existent cold chains,” Galyen said.

”In the next 10 years, industry will play an increasingly vital role in decarbonizing our economies, especially in the areas of full system optimization and integration as the world becomes more digital and connected.”