Demand for refrigerated transport could be 'devastating'

Demand for refrigerated transport could be 'devastating'

UK:  A new report by the global technology company Dearman, estimates that the continuing global rise in urban population as well as demographic changes in developing countries will lead to increased demand for refrigerated transport on our roads and could have devastating effects on the environment unless new technologies are adopted.

The report ‘Cold chains and the demographic dividend’ says that while there were less than three million refrigerated vehicles on the world’s roads in 2013, this number could reach between 15 to 18 million by 2025, and should the trend in conventional diesel-powered transport refrigeration units persist, this increase could see a rise in carbon dioxide emissions of up to 740 million tonnes each year.

The rapid expansion in cold transportation is double previous estimates and is said to reflect the growth of more affluent lifestyles amongst increasingly wealthy, urbanised populations in countries such as India and China.

Toby Peters, Senior Group Managing Director, Dearman

Global rise in urban population as well as demographic changes in developing countries will lead to increased demand for refrigerated transport on our roads and could have devastating effects on the environment Discussing the report, Toby Peters, Senior Group Managing Director, Dearman said, “Our report demonstrates that the industry could experience extremely rapid growth and we must be prepared.

"If we aren’t, and if we allow growth to happen using yesterday’s technology rather than tomorrow’s, then the air quality and climate change implications would be very significant and extremely damaging.”   

Dearman is therefore calling for more research into the development of alternative systems – such as its own Dearman engine technology which provides high efficiency, zero-emission transport refrigeration units.

Michael Ayres, Group Managing Director, DearmanMichael Ayres, Group Managing Director, Dearman remarked, "This report clearly indicates that there is a growing global challenge, in terms of the potential environmental effects of a booming transport refrigeration market.

"What is exciting for the industry, however, is that there are near-term solutions that would dramatically lessen the impact of the cold chain, while enabling operators to diversify their growing fleets.

"Dearman technology offers refrigerated truck operators a sustainable and, above all, economically viable solution. The system could provide the operator with payback in just under a year. With the Dearman zero-emission transport refrigeration unit going into commercial field trials later this year, we're excited about its prospects and what that could mean to this rapidly evolving industry."

This report follows recent studies by the IMechE (A Tank of Cold: Cleantech Leapfrog to a More Food Secure World) and the Carbon Trust (The emerging Cold Economy), which also identify the rapidly growing future demand for cooling, along with the opportunity to establish a new industry to provide alternative clean cold technologies. 

You can download a copy of the report Cold chains and the demographic dividend here

To find out more about how the Dearman transport refrigeration system works click here

About Dearman 

Dearman is a global technology company delivering clean ‘cold and power’. 

Dearman’s cutting-edge technology uniquely harnesses liquid air to deliver zero-emission power and cooling. It is developing a portfolio of proprietary technologies, products and services, which deliver significant reductions in operating cost, fuel usage and emissions, at low capital cost. 

The first application of Dearman technology, to provide sustainable and efficient zero-emission transport refrigeration, is currently undergoing trials at UK engineering and test centre, MIRA. 

The company is building an international reputation for innovation, rigour, commercial acumen and engineering excellence, all to fulfil its primary objective – to make the world a cleaner, cooler place.


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