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The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment


The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment

The demand for space cooling in buildings is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades. It will provide millions of citizens a better quality of life, comfort and even higher labour productivity. At the same time, it could threaten the achievement of our climate goals if not well anticipated.

Space cooling in buildings is a fast-growing electricity demand segment, particularly in emerging economies. Space cooling impacts the electricity system, but the extent of its impact depends on whether growth in cooling demand incorporates higher equipment and building efficiencies and also greater deployment of demand side management.

A recent International Energy Agency report illustrates the implications of space cooling for issues such as peak power, emissions, electricity costs (including consumer bills) and challenges to renewables deployment.

EURACTIV invites you to this workshop to discuss the growing importance of space cooling for energy policy, and what can be done to achieve efficiencies leading to lower costs and environmental improvements. Questions will include:
- Where does space cooling fit in the global energy system today - cooling stock, efficiencies, energy demand and emissions?
- What is the impact on the grid - electricity demand (total and peak)?
- How to deal with a rapid cooling demand growth scenario with low efficiencies?
- What are the pressures on renewables capacity?
- Which efficiencies will bring lower consumer costs, emissions, integration of renewables?

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European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

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Frédéric Simon, Energy & Environment Editor, EURACTIV


12:00 – 12:30 Registration
12:30 – 13:00 Opening statements
13:00 – 14:00 Debate and Q&A


Marta Jasinska
+32 (0) 2 788 36 97