Martin Dieryckx & Dave Mackerness talk: "Circular Cooling Economy"

Past Event

11 October 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Cooling is necessary for the quality of life of billions of people living across countries.

Whether in hot climates or in regions that are traditionally unprepared for ever more frequent heatwaves due to climate change. The energy needed for air conditioning is likely to triple by 2050, with an equivalent of ten new air conditioning units projected to be sold every second for the next 30 years (as per the IEA). This huge demand has the potential to drive up greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbate the very problem it is designed to alleviate. The Future of Cooling Programme’s vision is to understand and shape worldwide cooling solutions which place planetary stewardship and protecting people’s needs at their heart. These will inform and help prepare countries for extreme heat events by prioritising passive and less energy-intensive technology, while shifting the trajectory of cooling growth towards sustainability.

As we move towards one of the most important rounds of the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations, the Future of Cooling programme is hosting a series of online seminars leading up to COP26. The motivation behind the series is the need for high-profile and broad-reaching conversations on tackling cooling as a system -- one that is integral to addressing the climate crisis. The webinars will engage in conversation with academics, industry and policy makers, and cover each of the themes that link to the programme’s framework on sustainable cooling: social interactions and cooling cultures; cooling technology and innovation; models for sustainable cold chains; circular cooling economy; infrastructure design for sustainable cooling; and finally, cooling for climate action.

This talk is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Cooling

Martin Dieryckx

Martin Dieryckx
General Manager, Environment Research Center, Daikin Europe N.V>

Martin Dieryckx is General Manager of the Environment Research Center at Daikin Europe N.V., overseeing the regions Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Martin Dieryckx joined Daikin's European headquarters in 1982 after obtaining a Master of Electronics Technology and a Master of Science.

Martin Dieryckx is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee. Martin was also a lead author on reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Within EPEE, Martin Dieryckx is the Vice Chair of the energy efficiency workgroup.

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Dave Mackerness
Director, Kaer Pte Ltd

Dave leads the Customer Success Team at Kaer where he is responsible for delivering Kaer’s brand experience across their regional Cooling as a Service (CaaS) portfolio. With a background in consumer marketing and over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Dave specialises in customer insights that drive Kaer’s product development roadmap and customer engagement platform.

As an advocate of the circular economy and the “product-as-a-service” business model, Dave regularly shares experiences with large MNC’s and start-ups who are looking to transition to this disruptive business model.

Outside his role at Kaer, Dave is a member of the Cooling as a Service Alliance and the former Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Built Environment Committee.