Demand for space cooling is set to rise to 30% of buildings’ electricity demand by 2050 with nearly 70% of the increase coming from the residential sector (IEA, The Future of Cooling, 2018). In both developed and developing countries, such cooling demand will bring numerous benefits to the economy and our health, but will have profound impacts on the environment and power system unless we shift from business-as-usual technologies. Governments around the world are turning to district cooling to provide the highest efficiency cooling available in urban areas, while simultaneously unlocking large scale thermal storage and phasing out climate-warming refrigerants.
However, up to now district cooling globally has largely focused on connecting non-residential buildings even though it offers huge potential for cooling our homes. So why is this and what are the barriers to connecting our homes? How can the industry increase connections to residential buildings? And what would this look like in a country such as India, where cities are growing fast, AC ownership is soaring and the interest for district cooling is increasing rapidly? Join us in this webinar as we hear from global experts from Portugal, China, India and the UAE on the opportunity, the barriers and the solutions for scaling up residential district cooling.