For the 840 million people living without access to electricity, access to cooling is crucial to reducing food loss and improving people’s livelihoods and quality of life. For refrigerators, improving efficiency is one important factor in increasing access to refrigeration. However, it is also crucial to understand the costs of all of the system components and steps along the off-grid refrigerator value chain. This will help prioritise the best set of interventions to reduce their overall cost and improve affordability. Meanwhile, off-grid cold storage solutions could be key to including first mile producers in cold chains for developing communities but have untested technologies and business models. These technologies provide a lens through which we can explore challenges and opportunities in delivering cooling services in off and weak-grid contexts.
To that end, this webinar will share key learnings from an Efficiency for Access commissioned study ‘Use Cases and Cost Breakdown of Off-Grid Refrigeration Systems’. This study breaks down the costs of refrigeration systems to identify the various levers that influence the affordability of these technologies. The webinar will also feature presentations from two recent grantees of the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund and share learnings from the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge.