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China launches strategies to reduce air conditioner greenhouse gas emissions

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A joint initiative was launched on Thursday in Beijing to improve the cooling efficiency of China’s air conditioners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The initiatives are led by the sustainable energy foundation, Energy Foundation of China (EFC), and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program China (K-CEP China).

Their aim is to maximize mitigation potential in residential and commercial air conditioning from 2018 to 2020, via projects such as developing energy-efficiency standards and labels.

The K-CEP China initiative is part of the wider global collaboration among 18 foundations, who jointly committed 52 million dollars to help developing countries transition to energy efficient, climate-friendly, and affordable cooling.

Hydro-fluorocarbons primarily used in air conditioning and refrigeration are powerful greenhouse gases that can be thousands or tens of thousands more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming, according to the K-CEP.

China is the world’s largest manufacturer and consumer of cooling equipment, with over 130 million room air conditioners produced each year, about 70 per cent of the global market, the K-CEP pointed out.

Zou Ji, EFC president said the initiatives will work with Chinese government agencies, research institutes, and air conditioner manufacturers to improve cooling efficiency.

He said it would promote green products, echoing China’s commitment to a greener economy.

“The National Development and Reform Commission will team up with other ministries to track local usage of environmentally-friendly products in 2018.

“This is to promote production and procurement of green equipment,’’ Wang Shancheng, a senior official with the country’s top economic planner said.

Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
(NAN)

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