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The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment

19-06-2018

The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment

Hosted by MEP Bendt Bendtsen (EPP)

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, if not well anticipated, it could also jeopardise the achievement of our climate goals.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report on cooling is revealing. In 2016, the global electricity use for space cooling amounted to 1954 TWh, the equivalent to all the energy used for aviation worldwide. This number will triple by 2050, mainly because of rising incomes and population, thereby putting a heavy burden on the electricity grid.

Best-in-class existing technology can turn this threat into a growth opportunity. The IEA shows that the adoption of minimum energy performance standards on cooling equipment can realistically halve the energy needs for space cooling. Efficient building design, a system approach and renewables can lead to even more benefits. But is the regulatory framework fit for the challenge and ensuring that investments are made in sustainable cooling systems?

EURACTIV invites you to discuss the growing importance of space cooling for energy policy.

Questions will include:
- What does the growth of space cooling demand mean for the energy system and the environment?
- What are the solutions and technologies available to allow people to benefit from a better quality of life, and yet keep us on a sustainable track?
- Are policies fit for purpose? Do we have the right regulatory framework to unleash the potential of these new technologies and solutions?

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Location

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

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Speakers

OPENING SPEECH
Bendt Bendtsen MEP, EPP Group, Rapporteur for the Directive for Energy Performance in Buildings, European Parliament

COOLING REPORT PRESENTATION
Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency

DISCUSSION CONTRIBUTORS
Karlis Goldstein, Policy Oficcer in the Energy Efficiency Unit, DG ENER, European Commission
Bendt Bendtsen MEP, EPP Group, Rapporteur for the Directive for Energy Performance in Buildings, European Parliament
Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency
Andrea Voigt, Director General, European Partnership for Energy and Environment (EPEE)
Ernesto Ubieto, President South Europe Region, Danfoss

Moderator

Frédéric Simon, Energy & Environment Editor, EURACTIV

Schedule

12:00 – 12:30 Registration
12:30 – 12:35 Welcome speech
12:35 – 12:45 Cooling Report presentation
12:45 – 13:00 Opening statements
13:00 – 14:00 Debate and Q&A

Contact

Marta Jasinska
marta.jasinska@euractiv.com
+32 (0) 2 788 36 97