The future of cooling and its links to the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Nicole Miranda

Portrait of Miranda
Nicole Miranda, Programme Manager, Oxford Martin School's Future of Cooling Programme

The International Energy Agency predicts that 10 air conditioners will be sold every second from here to 2030 – with long-lasting consequences for our energy consumption and the planet. Often considered as a side-show to research and policy covering heating; cooling is potentially the most significant opportunity we have to moderate the trajectory of energy demand. This talk will provide an overview of the challenges surrounding cooling, it’s importance in relation to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and a framework to tackle the future of cooling demand, as proposed by the Oxford Martin School’s Future of Cooling Programme (Nature Sustainability – October 2020).




Nicole Miranda is the Programme Manager for the Oxford Martin’s Future of Cooling Programme. Her main research focus is on passive cooling systems – those that consume no (or very low energy), especially compared to air conditioners. With background in chemical engineering and sustainable energy systems, she considers technological solutions for mitigating building energy consumption while providing thermal comfort. Her research forms part of the wide portfolio of both the Oxford Martin School and the Energy and Power Group in the Engineering Department.

Tweet link opens new window Tweet