7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Is Cooling Food Better for the Climate?

Is Cooling Food Better for the Climate?

How can we minimize the climate impacts while promoting refrigeration to reduce food loss in developing countries?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:15
This session aims to bring together entrepreneurs and experts in food systems, refrigeration, agricultural supply chains, and climate change to discuss food loss and how refrigeration could mitigate it. The session will begin by asking, 'what is food loss?', and why it is an issue in developing countries. Participants will then discuss the role that refrigeration and the cold chain have in reducing this loss, the downsides of increasing energy consumption and emissions through additional cooling and transport, and the barriers that exist to extending cold chains in countries. Finally, it is hoped that from there we will be able to begin to share and develop new and innovative ways for addressing the shortcomings of existing solutions. Then the discussion will move to the solutions: existing technologies and ideas such as off-grid refrigeration, where investments should be made and policy changes to facilitate such technologies. The general public will have also a stake on the discussion by participating in a survey which will be distributed before, during and after the event to collect views from the public for the discussion.

Organised by

    Graciela Alvarez
    International Institute of Refrigeration
    Ignacio Gavilán
    Director of Environmental Sustainability
    The Consumer Goods Forum
    Antoine Skayem
    Yvonne Lokko
    Industrial Development Officer
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Manuela Kasper-Claridge
    Head of Business and Science & Environment
    Deutsche Welle
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