The air-conditioners used in the building sector consume about 40% of electricity generated. In India, it is expected to increase to 76% by 2040 (CSE, 2014). Booming real estate and infrastructure development across all major sectors is resulting in a steep rise in energy demand, from refrigeration to air-conditioning systems.
The world is set to urbanise rapidly. Unless we build correctly, we are going to create huge resource and energy shortages. The need of the hour is not just to mitigate future changes to our climate, but to work together to adapt and to plan for the changes to come.
Graph showing global annual CO2 emissions
Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre (CDIAC); Global Carbon Project (GCP); OurWorldInData.org
Billions of tons of plastic are entering our oceans everywhere, and harmful emissions are causing climate changes and global warming. Over the last few decades, we have witnessed some unprecedented changes in our climate leading to flash floods, extreme heat, wildfires, and pandemics. Cooling is a necessity now, and the least we should try and do is not to let this necessity warm our planet.
A common problem with the products that we see around us is that they are designed without a thought of the complete lifecycle of the product and how it impacts us as a civilization in the long run.
We at CoolAnt aim to look at the necessity of thermal comfort holistically. There is a huge potential if we can intertwine our traditional systems with the modern advancements in material science and technology. Our processes are carefully & thoughtfully designed to have the least impact on the environment during the manufacturing process, usage and after the product’s life cycle. Thinking about what happens to this product after its usage not only helps to create a sustainable product, but also helps in creating a circular economy. Use of vernacular material such as terracotta reduces embodied energy, use of passive energy strategies reduces environmental impact and use of craft gives CoolAnt a distinct artistic character.
Like ants that work with earth and create beautiful ant hills that are climatically sensitive and sophisticated, we aspire to provide the world with CoolAnt, a simple solution made by earth, that is both effective and artistic. Solutions like building envelope cooling and personal cooling will be game changers for future generations. Trying and testing this new way of looking at traditional cooling in diverse places and different climates wouldn’t have been possible without support.
On behalf of all the Ants, we thank you all for being part of our journey.