Rocky Mountain Institute (USA)
Overview of the Global Cooling Prize
The Global Cooling Prize (GCP) is a worldwide competition organised by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI); the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology; and Mission Innovation. The initiative aims to rally a global coalition of leaders to solve the critical climate threat that comes from the growing demand for residential air conditioning.
Harnessing the power of innovation from entrants, the GCP is seeking cooling solutions that will enhance people's lives without contributing to runaway climate change. This ground-breaking competition is designed to incentivise the development of a residential cooling solution that will have at least five times lower climate impact than today's standard room air conditioner units. This technology could prevent up to 100 gigatonnes (GT) of CO2-equivalent emissions by the year 2050 and put the world on a pathway to mitigate up to 0.5°C of global warming by the year 2100. The aim is to do this while enhancing living standards for people in developing countries around the globe.
Campbell will explain the structure of the GCP. He’ll provide an update of activity since its November 2018 launch and the timeline to initial awards. Campbell’s presentation will also serve as a primer for the participant workshop being held in conjunction with AIRAH on March 27 in Melbourne. More details on the workshop will available shortly.
Campbell is a senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he is dedicated to identifying and scaling sustainable cooling solutions globally. He was the former managing director of the buildings practice at RMI, leading its efforts to decarbonise the built environment.
Prior to joining RMI, Campbell held various positions with Johnson Controls where, most notably, he led the global energy and workplace solutions business units. Previously, Campbell also served as the president of York International, Americas, where he was responsible for the commercial and industrial HVAC&R businesses covering product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales and service within the Americas region.