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Global demand for air conditioning to triple by 2050: report

AFP  |  Washington 

The worldwide demand for is expected to triple over the next 30 years, making the pursuit of a top priority, the International Agency said today.

Some 1.6 billion buildings worldwide have AC today, a number that will grow to 5.6 billion by 2050, "which amounts to 10 new sold every second for the next 30 years," according to the IEA report.

The amount of power needed to meet this anticipated surge in indoor cooling will equal the combined of the United States, the and today, it said.

The problem is that efficiency among AC units varies widely. Those sold in and tend to be at least 25 percent more efficient than units sold in the and

"Growing for is one of the most critical blind spots in today's debate," said Fatih Birol, the of the IEA. "With rising incomes, air conditioner ownership will skyrocket, especially in the emerging world," Birol added.

"It is essential that efficiency performance for be prioritized. Standards for the bulk of these new are much lower than where they should be." is expected to be one of the countries with the biggest increase in AC in the coming decades.

AC in currently accounts for 10 percent of that nation's electricity use, but could reach 45 percent in 2050, said the report.

The IEA warned that "large investments in new power plants to meet peak power demand at night" are needed, and that will not be enough. "Setting higher efficiency standards for cooling is one of the easiest steps governments can take to reduce the need for new power plants, and allow them at the same time to cut emissions and reduce costs," said Birol.

could cut energy growth from AC demand in half, and save as much as $2.9 trillion in investment, fuel and operating costs, said the IEA. AC is common in nations like Japan, South Korea, the United States, and

But just eight percent of the 2.8 billion people living in the hottest parts of the world have indoor cooling.

The IEA report forecasts that two-thirds of homes worldwide could have an air conditioner by 2050.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:30 IST