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Rural Cooling Needs Assessment towards Designing Community Cooling Hubs: Case Studies from Maharashtra, India

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School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Centre for Environment Education (C.E.E.), Ahmedabad 380054, Gujarat, India
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MP Ensystems Advisory Pvt Ltd, Mumbai 400080, Maharashtra, India
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These two authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: George Kyriakarakos
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5595; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105595
Received: 13 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021
In a rapidly warming world, sustainable cooling is directly related to the protection of fresh and nutritious food, medicines, and the population from extreme heat for work conditions, the economic productivity of the working population, and income generation. This study aimed to understand how rural communities are meeting their nutrition, livelihood, health, living space, and mobility requirements regarding the role of cooling. We selected three villages as case studies in Maharashtra, India and conducted household surveys, in-depth interviews of key informants, focus group discussions (FGDs), and social mapping building typology study. The objective was to assess the rural community cooling to propose a community cooling hub (CCH) framework that could be economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable for the three villages. Our study showed that agriculture, dairy, buildings (domestic and commercial), and healthcare require cooling intervention in the studied communities. Based on the needs assessment for cooling, we proposed a CCH framework to provide cooling solutions in an integrated system for rural contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: community cooling hub; rural community; cooling needs assessment; India community cooling hub; rural community; cooling needs assessment; India
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Debnath, K.B.; Wang, X.; Peters, T.; Menon, S.; Awate, S.; Patwardhan, G.; Wadkar, N.; Patankar, M.; Shendage, P. Rural Cooling Needs Assessment towards Designing Community Cooling Hubs: Case Studies from Maharashtra, India. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5595. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105595

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Debnath KB, Wang X, Peters T, Menon S, Awate S, Patwardhan G, Wadkar N, Patankar M, Shendage P. Rural Cooling Needs Assessment towards Designing Community Cooling Hubs: Case Studies from Maharashtra, India. Sustainability. 2021; 13(10):5595. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105595

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Debnath, Kumar B., Xinfang Wang, Toby Peters, Sanskriti Menon, Satish Awate, Gaurang Patwardhan, Navneet Wadkar, Mahesh Patankar, and Priyanka Shendage. 2021. "Rural Cooling Needs Assessment towards Designing Community Cooling Hubs: Case Studies from Maharashtra, India" Sustainability 13, no. 10: 5595. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105595

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