Solar Cooling Initiative.

One of the shortcomings of the Millenium Development Goals, specifically goal 8 (To develop a global partnership) was that this lead to a problematic donor-recipient relationship for development.

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This post shares the partnership of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), based in India, and the University of Birmingham, driving progress for its Solar Cooling Initiative, where farmers in sun rich locations can use solar and solar hybrid energy to power chilled food distribution systems.

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The result of powering chilled food distribution systems leads to more revenue that can be made out of the high volumes of produce, as this way less produce is perished during journies from farms to markets. However, a key highlight of this initiative is that the technology being used to power the distribution system is sustainable through its use of solar power and so is not burden on the environment. This initiative is also awesome as it simultaneously addresses 3 internationally agreed goals: the Paris Climate Agreement; the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol; and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As opposed to identifying a quick and easy solution to this problem, through investments in readily available non renewable energy to power the chilled food systems in these tropical countries, this initiative’s focus to resolve the problem has been coupled with sustainability – and this is what makes this initiative so great.


ISA and the univerity of Birmingham have demonstrated how problem solving on the planet today must consider the sustainability of the solutions and this sets the right precedent for all the problem solving that is yet to happen – and happen it must! This post recognises and thanks ISA and the university of Birmingham’s tangible progress being made towards UN’s SDG 7- Affordable and clean energy!


As well as the one goal this links in to, this initiative also demonstrates positive work toward SDG 17 – Partnerships to achieve the goal through the collobative efforts of Univeristy of Birmingham and ISA – and this is a big one as the lack of such partnership was one of the criticisms of MDG 8 previously. Great to see lessons learnt!

Please check out the article for more information, and also take a look at ISA’s website where you can learn more about this project.


Referenced News Article – Helping ‘Sun-Rich’ Farmers‘sun-rich’-farmers.aspx

ISA Website

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