A conversation on the contribution of high-performing appliances to enhancing climate resilience
Time and date: 2 – 3.30 pm BST, Thursday 17 September 2020
Platform: Zoom Webinar (registration link below)
Affordable, high-performing appliances can facilitate clean energy access for households in resource constrained settings and enhance their resilience to the growing threat of climate change and their ability to respond to unexpected disruptions like that being posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, solar water pumps present a clean energy solution for irrigation during droughts, which are expected to increase in frequency & severity. They also expand seasonal growing cycles, which can provide households with more predictable income to pay for education and save for emergencies, thus reducing their susceptibility to risks. Cold chain solutions can also extend the quality and shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables, helping smallholder farmers to increase the value of their produce and reduce waste. Clean cookstoves displace the use of traditional, biomass fuels, which helps to reduce carbon emissions and ambient air pollution.
While the above appliances help foster economic productivity and combat climate change, the off-grid appliance sector needs to also be mindful of its carbon footprint. For instance, the absence of service providers in many developing countries prevents effective recycling of off-grid solar products. In addition, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants are released into the atmosphere when fridges are disposed of inappropriately.
Efficiency for Access will explore these crucial issues through a live conversation with energy access industry leaders on 17 September. We will also examine what the energy access sector can do to improve its carbon footprint as its positive socioeconomic impact grows in resource constrained communities. The event will comprise a moderated discussion with a panel of experts followed by Q&A, where attendees will be able to connect directly with our panellists.
- Scene setting presentation (15 minutes)
- Moderated discussion (30 minutes)
- Audience Q&A (45 minutes)