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Press Releases

Dangerous Demand for Air Conditioning

October 19, 2018

The efficiency of ACs needs to double in little over two decades as part of a drive to give the world a chance of avoiding dangerous climate change, the IEA reports. Otherwise, the growing demand for cooling and the fossil fuel needed to feed that demand will cause still more warming in a dangerous feedback loop, even as it saves lives, creates wealth, and improves education in the world’s hottest countries. read more


Entre la esperanza y el abismo: Informe Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre un Planeta con un incremento de 1.5°C de temperatura

October 7, 2018

El informe especial del Panel Intergubernamental Sobre Cambio Climático sobre las consecuencias de un Planeta a 1.5°C de temperatura o un Planeta a 2°C es un mensaje de esperanza, pero con una clara advertencia: si seguimos en la trayectoria actual caminamos hacia el abismo.  read more


As World Warms, Millions More Need Cooling (and This Could Cause More Warming)

July 16, 2018

As the world warms up, the growing use of ACs and other cooling equipment will accelerate, and the extra energy needed to power the equipment will itself increase global warming. Two authoritative reports published this week grapple with how to break this vicious circle, and keep people cool without heating the planet. read more


Prestigious Sustainable Development Prize Awarded to Pioneering Climate Scientists Ramanathan and Hansen

June 18, 2018

Today the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development 2018 was awarded to Professor V. Ramanathan and Dr. James Hansen recognizing their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. read more


Dangerous Warming Ahead from Air Conditioning

May 15, 2018

Global energy demand for ACs is projected to triple by 2050, and when met with the current fossil fuel-heavy electricity generation will nearly double greenhouse gas emissions from this sector, further increasing the world’s need for cooling in a dangerous feedback loop. read more


World Health Organization Warns 90% of People at Risk from Air Pollution

May 2, 2018

In 2016, polluted air resulted in 7 million deaths globally—4.2 million from ambient air pollution and 3.8 million from the burning of solid fuels for heating and cooking—with low- and middle-income countries bearing the brunt of the burden. read more


Morocco Takes Lead Tackling Inefficient ACs

April 19, 2018

The Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in developing more effective analytical methods to identify the highest efficiency room ACs available using refrigerants friendlier to climate. read more


World Environment Minsters Pursue ‘Pollution Free Planet’, Tackle Super Climate Pollutants

December 6, 2017

Environment ministers at UNEA agreed today to a resolution to reduce all forms of air pollution to improve health, climate, and agricultural co-benefits, and to reduce 6.5 million deaths air pollution now causes every year. read more


Montreal Protocol Concludes 30th Anniversary with Robust Financial Replenishment, Progress on Energy Efficiency

November 25, 2017

At the conclusion of the 30th anniversary Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol the Parties agreed to a robust three-year replenishment to fund the continuing phase out of HCFCs, and to a separate decision to have the TEAP study how best to integrate energy efficiency with the HFC phasedown under the Kigali Amendment. read more


Kigali Amendment Reaches Needed Ratifications in Run Up to Montreal Protocol’s 30th Anniversary Meeting Next Week

November 17, 2017

In the run up to the Montreal Protocol’s 30th anniversary Meeting next week, this afternoon Sweden became the 20th Party to deposit its instrument of ratification to the Kigali Amendment, which ensures that the amendment will enter into force 1 January 2019. read more


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