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Near zero emission cooling possible by 2050: Report

By District Energy posted 12-07-2023 10:48


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Increasing temperatures, population growth, urbanisation and rising incomes are driving the increased need for cooling. According to the first ever Global Cooling Watch Report, launched on Tuesday at the ongoing COP28, cooling demand could triple by 2050.

Jürgen Fischer, president, Danfoss Climate Solutions, said, “Cooling is one of the biggest societal opportunities of our time. It’s needed everywhere to cool our food, our buildings, and our vaccines. It brings health, growth, and food security for the world’s population.”

District cooling: keeping our cities cool without heating up the planet

District cooling is one of the most promising and efficient ways to cool and decarbonise buildings. It typically saves up to 50 per cent of energy compared to conventional cooling systems.

In most cases, chilled water is supplied from a central, electrically powered chiller and circulated to buildings through pipelines. Thermal storage opportunities in district cooling networks enable shifting cold-water production away from peak hours and adapting to variable renewable energies.

Centralised plants help professionalise refrigerant management and support the move towards more climate friendly refrigerants. From an urban planning perspective, heat islands, noise and space requirements can be avoided.

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