University of Birmingham hosts clean cold congress

Birmingham, UK The world’s first international congress dedicated to clean cold will see academic experts join leaders from industry and government to map a global response to ever-increasing global demands for cooling.

Hosted by the University of Birmingham, experts will gather in spring 2018 to help create a joined-up global community that will figure out how to partner environmental policy with science to combat climate change driven by cooling.

Professor Toby Peters: “Cooling solutions are essential for everyday life and pose a huge problem for fast-growing economies around the globe.”

The congress was announced by Professor Toby Peters, from the University of Birmingham, speaking at the Sustainable Energy for All, Cooling for All workshop, during the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Peters, from the Birmingham Energy Institute, said: “Cooling solutions are essential for everyday life and pose a huge problem for fast-growing economies around the globe. Without cooling, supplies of food, medicine and even data break down, whilst life would be scarcely tolerable in many parts of the world without air conditioning.

“Our challenge is how to deliver cooling cleanly and sustainably, so we can feed growing populations without causing environmental or societal damage. This ground-breaking international conference will help us build the expert networks and road map to reach that goal.”

The Cool World conference will be the first international congress dedicated to clean cold. Participants will address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Future role of cooling – where demand will come from and what will drive it
  • Economic, social and health opportunities of cold for the developing world
  • Social, environmental and economic risks of not addressing demand or using existing, predominantly fossil fuelled, technologies
  • Alternative and emerging clean cold technologies; and
  • Economic opportunity created by a new ‘cold economy’.

The Birmingham congress will support the Sustainable Energy for All, Cooling for All initiative, launched in July, to identify the challenges and opportunities of providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all.

The initiative is supported by the UN, World Health Organisation, industry experts and governments.

The conference in Birmingham will comprise of a main conference and associated international workshops, possibly located in South-east Asia or the Middle East.

Participants are expected to represent a wide range of market, industry, academia and policy makers, including:

  • Representatives of national and international governments
  • Industry leaders from multi-national corporations and innovative SMEs
  • Representatives of NGOs, think tanks and learned societies
  • Academics and leading journalists / commentators; and
  • Small business owners and farmers from emerging markets.

Speaking on the announcement of the new Cooling for All initiative earlier in the year, Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, said: “As the world grows dangerously warm, access to cooling will become the difference between life and death in some parts of the world that suffer from extreme heat.

“A clean energy transition is already underway globally that can provide affordable, safe and sustainable energy for all. We must now incorporate cooling for all needs within this transition, while keeping us on track to reach our global climate and energy goals.”

Thermo King’s Professor Kool best practice videos

Brussels, Belgium: Thermo King has launched a series of educational best practice videos to help customers stay on top of technological innovations and improve their business processes.

In the video series, Thermo King’s Best Practice mascot, Professor Kool, offers knowledge in a compact format to help customers better understand refrigeration fundamentals and improve their operations.

“The science of refrigerated transportation is advancing. Exploring and employing present and emerging technologies is key to navigating these times,” said Erika Smets, marketing communications leader at Thermo King.

“Our goal at Thermo King is to have true partnerships with fleet operators and drivers by understanding their needs and offering them solutions to improve their business processes, increase efficiency and achieve operational savings.

“The expansion of the Professor Kool series of educational videos is part of this mission.”

Among other, the video series covers expert knowledge on maintaining a good airflow, temperature settings, the basics of loading and unloading, and preventive maintenance.

James Hall adds eight Volvos

Preston, UK: Spar wholesaler and distributor James Hall & Co has taken delivery of eight new Volvo trucks, six FM 4×2 tractors and two FE 6×2 rigids.

James Hall & Co’s new Volvo FM 4×2 tractors and FE 6×2 rigids

The new vehicles will serve 600 Spar stores in the north of England.

Ian Farnworth, fleet engineering manager, says the tractors suit the delivery operation: “The FM has very good low entry which suits a multi-drop operation.”

“Every vehicle we have is potentially operating in a multi-drop environment.”

Farnworth says the decision was taken to specify the single-drive three-axle rigids, rather than two-axles, to meet the changing profile of the stores the company delivers to – making it possible for them to accommodate a larger delivery vehicle.

The new vehicles join an 86-vehicle fleet, of which 52 are now Volvos. There is an equal split between artics and rigids, with the artic fleet operating at 40 tonnes.

The operator runs Gray & Adams 13.6 metre, dual-temperature, double-deck fridge trailers as well and Gray & Adams-made 11.2m dual-temperature tandems.

Thomas Hardie Commercials supplied the new trucks that have Volvo 11-litre engines rated at 410bhp in the tractors and 320bhp in the rigids, plus I-Shift automated transmission. All are on seven-year Volvo repair and maintenance contracts with the dealer.

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