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:
- Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)
- Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
- CEPT University
- Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standard Program (CLASP)
- International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
- Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE)
- Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT)
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- Prayas (Energy Group)
- Smart Joules
- Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE)
Sustainable and Smart Space Cooling Coalition (SSSCC) Phase 1: Thermal Comfort for All – Sustainable and Smart Space Cooling
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.
A holistic approach to space cooling
With an underlying theme of Thermal Comfort for All, the Coalition Phase I project aims to comprehensively address aspects of space cooling.
- To bring together the dispersed body of knowledge on sustainable and responsible space cooling strategies, as well as the independent initiatives from the government and the private sector; and
- To propose a set of recommendations designed to promote the vision of Thermal Comfort for All using energy efficient and environmentally sustainable cooling strategies and technologies.