Air Conditioning

Electricity demand for air conditioning, already huge, is getting even bigger. For example, the additional electricity demand generated by new in-room air conditioners—those purchased between 2010 and 2020—is projected to grow to more than 1,200 TWh globally by 2020. This growth poses a challenge to electricity grids already struggling to satisfy existing demand.


A SEAD Initiative analysis found that increasing the efficiency of air conditioners in SEAD economies and China could, by 2020, avoid the need for more than 100 medium-sized power plants globally, reducing emissions by up to 240 million tons of CO2 each year.

The SEAD Initiative has developed a strategy for engaging with policymakers to tackle the AC challenge and achieve enormous energy savings by increasing the efficiency of air conditioners and other space cooling appliances. SEAD’s AC strategy:

  • Creates common technical foundations for identifying efficient products in different climates;
  • Develops draft efficiency specifications for ACs and other space cooling appliances; and
  • Grows the market for highly efficient products that maximize climate benefits.

Resources

The SEAD Initiative conducts technical and policy research to support development of ambitious energy efficiency policies and programs for ACs.


Webinars

The SEAD Initiative hosts webinars on key topics related to AC energy efficiency and associated climate impacts.

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