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James Bradley - Energy Consultant

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that around two thirds of the world’s households could have an air conditioning unit by 2050. As we see climate change continue to affect the planet and we experience increasingly extreme weather and hotter summers, the need for air conditioning to provide some relief is becoming greater.

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?

Are we too reliant on AC?

Current air conditioning units that are available on the market are relatively cheap to purchase, easy to use and do the job...

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