Air conditioning and climate change: The elephant in the room?


The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that around two thirds of the world’s households could have an air conditioning unit by 2050. As climate change continues to affect the planet and we experience increasingly extreme weather and hotter summers, the demand on air conditioning systems to provide some much needed relief from the heat is growing.

However, through increased use, the impact air conditioning has on global emissions and climate change also becomes much greater. A catch 22, which many countries are experiencing, with Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, saying it is one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate.

So why aren’t the effects of air conditioning being discussed more? And what are the plans to mitigate their impact on global emissions?

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