Martin Dieryckx & Clay Nesler talk: "Circular Cooling Economy"

Forthcoming Event

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

Pop Air Con

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

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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.


Clay Nesler
Global Lead, Buildings and Energy, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Clay Nesler is the Global Lead, Buildings and Energy, for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. In this role, he provides leadership to the Buildings Initiative and Urban Energy Practice. In 2014, Clay helped establish WRI’s Building Efficiency Initiative and served as the industry co-convener of the Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the WRI Buildings Initiative from 2017 to 2018.

Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, strategy, manufacturing, corporate sustainability and regulatory affairs in both the United States and Europe including most recently as Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability. He also served the past year as Interim President of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Clay serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the executive group of the US DOE/EPA SEE Action network, the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee and numerous technical advisory boards. He chairs the Industrial Advisory Board of the US-China Building Energy Efficiency Consortium, is a member of the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board and co-chairs the Alliance to Save Energy’s Active Efficiency Collaborative.