Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, has taken the initiative in bringing together research and academic institutions, industry associations, and non-profit organisations, to form the Sustainable and Smart Space Cooling Coalition (SSSCC). The Coalition’s mission is to lead India’s transition to a sustainably cooled built environment by supporting advanced research, analysis, joint policy recommendations and facilitating market transformation.
The Coalition strives to provide a national platform for dialogue with various stakeholders and jointly recommend policy initiatives to ensure the success of government programs on smart cities, smart grid, housing, buildings and universal access to power while ensuring affordable and sustainable thermal comfort to all. The Coalition comprises the following twelve members:
India, with a population of 1.3 billion, 3,120 annual Cooling Degree Days, and a room air-conditioner penetration of less than 10%, is very vulnerable to the impacts of rising and extreme temperatures. The challenge for India is twofold: (1) With a significant portion of the population with limited or no access to active space cooling, how does one provide thermal comfort to all in an affordable and sustainable fashion, and uphold basic standards of well-being? (2) India is at the cusp of an exponential growth in the air conditioner market. This will pose severe adverse environmental and societal impacts: significant additional power generation capacity, peak load impacts, and an enormous greenhouse gas footprint both direct, through refrigerants, and indirect, through electricity use.
With an underlying theme of Thermal Comfort for All, the Coalition Phase I project aims to comprehensively address aspects of space cooling.