Cooling Your Home but Warming the Planet: How We Can Stop Air Conditioning from Worsening Climate Change .
The Trouble with Air Conditioning: Summer is in full swing and air conditioning units are working hard to keep people cool. As our planet warms, the demand for space cooling (air conditioning and refrigeration) will rise. With increasing incomes and standards of living, more nations are starting to increase investments in air conditioning to keep their citizens comfortable. Dangerous heat waves may become more prevalent, and people will need to find ways to stay cool and safe as climate change continues.
Here’s the rub: while our planet is warming, using and producing air conditioning equipment exacerbates climate change. The organic compound Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) is the primary refrigerant used in air conditioning and refrigeration units. HFCs are a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and are leaked anywhere from manufacturing air conditioning equipment, to installation, to the disposal of old units. Additionally, air conditioning and refrigeration units run on electricity that relies primarily on fossil fuels to generate power. As the need for cooling rises, so too will the need for electricity. The air conditioning market is facing major growth in the years to come, introducing many challenges for the future. Fortunately, there are many solutions to keep people cool and comfortable while also reducing climate pressures.
Why HFC gases are the new CFCs - even if you've never heard of them? Pollutant CFC gases are found in fridges, freezers and air conditioning units.
Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases will be phased out under a deal to curb global warming.
Global leaders have agreed to cut down on the production of HFCs, which are found in refrigerators, freezers, and air-conditioning units.
According to Greenpeace, HFCs are potent greenhouse gasses and contribute significanty to climate change .
source : climate.org / inews.co.uk