This session brings together experts and practitioners to explore innovative approaches and policy insights in advancing sustainable cooling, energy efficiency, and thermal energy systems. The session begins by highlighting the importance of sustainable public procurement in promoting energy-efficient cooling. Attendees will learn about India's experience in institutionalizing energy efficiency in cooling through sustainable public procurement, including the integration of green room air conditioners on the Government e-Marketplace platform. The focus will shift to Singapore, as a speaker from Carbon Trust Singapore describes the challenges and opportunities of managing cooling demand in Singapore. The commercial building sector is a key sector for providing grid flexibility, and the speaker will describe solutions such as district cooling, control systems for demand response, phase change materials, and cryogenic energy storage will be discussed. A speaker from CLASP will delves into the comprehensive Cooling Action Plan in India and its focus on energy efficiency policies for the cold chain sector. Participants will gain insights into prevailing technologies and potential energy efficiency policies for cold storage—specifically analyzing ammonia-based and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)/hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) based cold storage. A speaker from the Nepal Electricity Authority will describe the effectiveness of high-performance conductors in overhead transmission lines. Participants will learn how the replacement of conventional ACSR conductors with high-performance conductors has led to lower line losses, increased power capacity, and reduced CO2 emissions in Nepal. Finally, a speaker from Sri Lanka will describe the feasibility of Combined Cooling Heating and Power (CCHP) technology, specifically tri-generation systems, at the Export Processing Zone Biyagama in Sri Lanka.
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