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COP28: How cities can stay cool while cutting carbon emissions

By District Energy posted 12-12-2023 17:16


Khaleej Times


District cooling is one of the best solutions to keep cities cool without heating the planet. The system typically saves up to 50 per cent of energy compared to conventional cooling systems, a subject-matter expert noted as COP28 wraps up in Dubai today.

According to the UN Environment Programme, rising temperatures are leading to growing demand for cooling systems, such as air-conditioners and refrigerators, which consume massive amounts of energy and often use refrigerants that warm the planet. Conventional cooling, such as ACs, is a major driver of climate change, responsible for more than 7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Not only is district cooling a much more efficient way of cooling cities than the typical air conditioning units, but it also supports the transition towards more climate-friendly refrigerants and avoids heat islands in cities such as Dubai,” Ziad Al Bawaliz from Danfoss, a Danish company producing energy-efficient technologies, told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the climate change conference.

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