As part of its mission to tackle some of the world’s most critical development challenges, TechEmerge is accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge innovations that improve efficiency and affordability in India’s vital temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) sector, while minimizing its climate footprint. TechEmerge will match competitively selected innovators from across the world with one of India’s largest cold chain logistics providers, Snowman Logistics, to pilot sustainable TCL technologies, services, and business models on the ground in one of the world’s fastest-growing cooling markets.
The TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Innovation TCL India program offers a total pool of up to US$500,000 in grant funding to implement pilots. The TechEmerge team also provides support throughout field testing to help innovators mitigate financial and operational risks, reduce adoption risks for local firms like Snowman, and facilitate market-entry and tech transfer.
Why cold chain logistics? Gaps and inefficiencies in cold chains are a major development issue in India and worldwide – contributing to food loss and vaccine wastage and driving up costs for consumers, producers, and businesses.
There is a pressing need for better cooling infrastructure. At the same time, cooling comes at a high environmental cost. Cooling already accounts for 15% of energy used worldwide and produces 10% of greenhouse gases, and demand is growing rapidly, so solutions must be climate-smart too.
TechEmerge is seeking innovative, climate-smart, and cost-effective innovations that improve operational efficiency in temperature-controlled logistics from source to final delivery point. This includes, but is not limited to, space cooling, transport, and IoT-enabled asset management, such as:
Snowman Logistics is one of India’s largest integrated temperature-controlled logistics service providers, specializing in warehousing, distribution, and other value-add services. State-of-the-art warehousing facilities in prime locations like Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru, coupled with integrated distribution solutions, allow Snowman to ensure product quality and temperature integrity of products from point of origin to consumption. Its clients come from a wide range of key sectors, including fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, confectionary and baked goods, ready-to-cook foods, and pharmaceuticals.
More than 500 cities are covered by Snowman’s primary and secondary distribution networks, and its fleet of 264 refrigeration vehicles can handle loads ranging from 2.5 tonnes to 20 tonnes, including for the last-mile. Snowman also provides services beyond warehousing and distribution, such as kitting, labeling, sorting, stuffing and de-stuffing of containers, repacking, and bulk breaking. It also sorts, grades, packs, and washes select fruits and vegetables, while blast freezers installed at select warehouses can preserve products to -40°C.
Snowman has been in operation since 1993 and is listed on both the NSE and BSE.
Application deadline: September 24, 2021
This program is implemented in partnership with the government of the United Kingdom.
At a global level, the market value of the cooling sector is expected to reach US$367 billion by 2030, a 40 percent increase from 2018. If business as usual continues, energy used for cooling worldwide is expected to triple by 2050. Furthermore, in tropical countries like India, demand could increase five-fold, driving up costs for businesses and fueling greenhouse gas emissions.
India is one of the fastest-growing cooling markets in the world, and demand for temperature-controlled logistics is rising rapidly. Over roughly the next 20 years, commercial and domestic demand for refrigeration is expected to quadruple in India to 2,400,000 TR, according to the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). ICAP also forecasts that energy required to keep produce fresh at warehouses will increase almost fifty-fold from 22,000 MWh to 5.2 TWh, while the number of temperature-controlled reefer trucks will grow from approximated 15,000 in 2018 to 400,000 in 2038.
This program is supported by a network of advisors with vast experience in assessing cooling and TCL technologies across the world and promoting sustainable investments in emerging markets.