An avalanche is coming – it’s time to do something – Toby Peters

October 28th, 2015|Viewpoints|

In the UK we take cold for granted. We can always buy food that has been kept cold from farm to fork. We don’t consider the energy required to keep vaccines cold. And when we update Facebook, the amount of cooling needed by data centres doesn’t cross people’s minds. But providing [...]

Keeping Cool Need Not Cost the Earth – Toby Peters

September 29th, 2015|Viewpoints|

The world relies heavily on cold. The food we eat, the buildings we inhabit, the data we consume and the medicines that keep us healthy all need cooling. Getting food from the farm to our plates depends on a seamless network of refrigerated processing, storage and transport to ensure it [...]

Time the UK woke up to Cold Economy – Toby Peters

July 31st, 2015|Viewpoints|

A recent article in Time Magazine suggested that most truly world-changing innovations are only obvious in hindsight. That’s entirely true. The internet has revolutionised our lives to such a degree that business, entertainment, healthcare and even government will never be the same again. Yet even once the internet was well [...]

Change is in the air – Laura Gilmore

July 30th, 2015|Viewpoints|

Five years ago, I shared a lift with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. It would appear that Boris is not one for uncomfortable silences, so he started talking to me about jogging. I told him I was concerned about jogging in London because of poor air quality, and he [...]

To advance food security, cold chains have to get moving – Toby Peters

July 15th, 2015|Viewpoints|

On July 14, Baroness Northover, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for International Development chaired an event at the House of Lords: ‘Sustainably Meeting the Global Food Crisis: Why we need to ‘green’ cold chains’. How to feed the world’s growing population without creating unintended environmental damage was the focus of this international [...]

Let’s Clear the Air – Dr Tim Fox

July 3rd, 2015|Viewpoints|

As the mercury rose to record heights this week, I wonder how many of us gazed at the London skyline and thought about the quality of the air we breathe. Back in the 1950s, the people of London could easily visualise the air pollution they created by burning too much [...]

Clean power: greening the built environment – Michael Ayres

June 18th, 2015|Viewpoints|

Last month it came to light that a number of ‘diesel farms’ have been established in the UK, and subsidised by the Government, to provide additional power to the grid. Typically, these ‘mini power plants’ operate during periods of peak demand, often coinciding with major televised events, such as the [...]

Clean cold technologies: enabling a leapfrog to sustainable economic growth – Dr Tim Fox

May 15th, 2015|Viewpoints|

How do we meet the food demands of a booming and increasingly affluent population while reducing the stress on natural resources and minimising environmental degradation? Food security is going to be the defining challenge of the 21st century. Increasing population numbers alongside rapid economic development are not only creating a [...]

Cold chains and the demographic dividend – Toby Peters

May 1st, 2015|Viewpoints|

“We must not create an environmental disaster to prevent a social crisis.” There is a profound demographic shift occurring globally. The global population is not only increasing – set to reach 9 billion by 2050 – but also rapidly changing. The Asian middle class is set to increase six-fold by 2030 [...]

Inside the Dearman zero-emission transport refrigeration system – Nick Owen

April 28th, 2015|Viewpoints|

Transport refrigeration is a technology that we all rely on. The perishables we buy in supermarkets – meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables – are all kept fresh by fleets of refrigerated trucks. Without these trucks, not only food but also medicines and vaccines that need to be kept cold [...]