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A Cooling Challenge in a Warming World

Monday, December 19, 2016
A Cooling Challenge in a Warming World

Gabrielle B. Dreyfus, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, and Mark Radka, Energy, Climate and Technology Branch, UN Environment

In a warmer, richer world, the demand for air conditioning will skyrocket. However, improving the average efficiency of air conditioners sold in 2030 by 30% compared to today’s models would reduce emissions of CO2 by up to 25 billion metric tons over the lifetime of the equipment. The Clean Energy Ministerial launched the Advanced Cooling Challenge to inspire governments and industry to make, sell, promote, and install super-efficient air conditioner or cooling solutions that are smart, climate friendly, and affordable.