Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Cooling with Less Warming: Improving Air Conditioners in India

July 10, 2018

TERI, NRDC & IGSD – 2018


As nations phase out ozone-depleting refrigerants to comply with the Montreal Protocol, the AC industry faces the challenge – and opportunity – of switching to refrigerants that have lower global warming potential (GWP). This transition to climate-friendly refrigerants also provides the opportunity to develop more energy efficient AC designs that will simultaneously help reduce growing energy demand and combat climate change. This factsheet provides an overview of the growing Indian AC market, strategies to advance climate- friendly ACs, and market opportunities under the Montreal Protocol. The factsheet also profiles two climate-friendly refrigerants with growing use in the AC market, both in India and worldwide.