With one billion people lacking access to cooling, rising temperatures are a deadly and growing global threat. On October 13 Ashden and BloombergNEF showcased the innovators working towards inclusive, sustainable cooling in cities around the world.
The webinar featured case studies of real-world success – from cooling through greenery in Medellín, Colombia to a world-leading urban action plan in Ahmedabad, India.
The event uncovered barriers to investment and policy action in this area, and explored the roles of data, community engagement, finance and government in building the cooling ecosystem.
- Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Director at the Natural Resources Defence Council – Ashden Award winner, discussing heat action plans in India
- Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya, Director of Strategic Urban Projects – City Architect of Medellín (2016-2019) – Ashden Award winner, discussing environmental urbanism in the Colombian city of Medellín
- Lauren Racusin, International Urban Planning and Economic Development Consultant at Bloomberg Associates – discussing how to use climate related data to design cities better
- Emma Coker, Associate, Heating & Cooling at BNEF
- Ellen Dobbs, Programme Manager (Sustainable Energy for International Development) at Ashden.
This was the first of three webinars from Ashden and BNEF, created with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Ashden’s mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world. Through a range of awards and programmes, Ashden promotes and supports climate and energy innovators in the UK and developing countries – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organisations. In summer 2020 Ashden and K-CEP launched the Fair Cooling Fund – a major initiative offering grants and business support to pioneers in sustainable, accessible cooling.
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About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in more than 570 cities and over 160 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation and personal philanthropy as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $3.3 billion.