The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has reported that a global transition to net-zero emissions can be accomplished better and more quickly by focusing on efficient cooling.
HVAC systems are major producers of greenhouse gas emissions because they are often used during periods of peak inefficiency, such as running air conditioning units during high temperatures when it is most needed but also uses the most electricity. Moreover, the demand for AC systems in particular is projected to grow twofold every year through 2030, leading to even greater electricity use and more emissions.
A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called on policymakers, AC consumers, and the power sector to demand improved AC efficiency and explore alternative cooling options. This could cut $0.9 trillion USD in costs and save 2.0 GtCO2 in the next ten years alone.
Read the rest of the story, and download the IPCC whitepaper: The Power of Efficient Cooling