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:
SEAD supports public-private coalitions to deploy high efficiency, high quality appliances around the world by gathering commitments from policymakers, private industry, expert groups. The Advanced Cooling Challenge urged governments and industry to develop and deploy super-efficient, smart, climate-friendly, and affordable cooling technologies that are critical for prosperous and healthy societies.
Visit the Advanced Cooling Challenge website for more information.
The SEAD Initiative conducts technical and policy research to support development of ambitious energy efficiency policies and programs for ACs.
The SEAD Initiative hosts webinars on key topics related to AC energy efficiency and associated climate impacts.