Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Nations pledge to cut cooling emissions by 68% by 2050

cooling emissions pledge Reuters/Costfoto/NurPhoto
An air conditioner factory in China: Such equipment uses 20 percent of global electricity today
  • Global Cooling Pledge signed at Cop28
  • Emissions predicted to surge by 2050
  • Mena warming twice global average

More than 60 countries have backed a pledge at Cop28 to cut air conditioning and related emissions by 68 percent of 2022 levels by 2050.

They did so as a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that global cooling capacity will treble by then.

The Global Cooling Pledge marks the world’s first collective focus on energy emissions from the cooling sector, which includes the air conditioning, refrigeration and other related industries. 

Logo, Text

The pledge is a joint initiative between the Cop28 UAE presidency and lobby group the Cool Coalition, which consists of 26 countries that work to provide fair access to cooling to protect people against extreme heat. 

Around 30 percent of the world’s population is exposed to “life-threatening” high temperatures for at least 20 days a year and these numbers will increase as the planet warms, the coalition says. 

The Middle East and North Africa region is particularly vulnerable to climate change and is warming on average twice as fast as the global average. 

UNEP’s report published on Tuesday predicts that as installed cooling capacity trebles by 2050, global cooling emissions will surge to between 4.4 billion and 6.1 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by that year.

That would equate to one-tenth of anticipated additional global emissions and strain electric grids. Cooling equipment represents 20 percent of total electricity consumption today and is expected to more than double by 2050, according to the report.

However, global efforts to curb cooling emissions could prevent the release of up to 78 billion metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent, it added. 

“As temperatures rise, it is critical we work together to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from the cooling sector while increasing access to sustainable cooling,” Cop28 president Sultan Al Jaber said. 

“This access is especially important for the most vulnerable communities.”

Latest articles

FILE PHOTO: United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Al Zeyoudi gestures during an interview with Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi/File Photo

UAE and Kenya complete Cepa negotiations

The UAE and Kenya have completed negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (Cepa) between the two countries. It is the 12th Cepa deal secured by the UAE and its third in Africa, after agreements were signed last year with Mauritius and the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). “The UAE-Kenya Cepa will not only boost […]

Adnoc has bid for German polymer manufacturer Covestro but its offers €55 and €57 per share were rejected

Adnoc faces hurdles in completing ambitious European deals

Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc is facing challenges to a duo of major European deals it is trying to get over the finish line, according to media reports. Talks with Austrian energy group OMV have been put on hold to allow parties to navigate a series of disagreements, the Financial Times reported on Friday. […]

The 450 companies operating at Dubai Science Park include AstraZeneca, and the free zone plans to add 200,000 sq ft of lab and office space

Dubai Science Park reveals expansion plans

Dubai’s biotechnology free zone is adding 60 percent more offices, laboratories and warehouses over the next few years to cater for an influx of new companies, its senior vice-president told AGBI.  Dubai Science Park, part of Dubai-listed Tecom Group, is planning an expansion of 200,000 sq ft of additional storage and logistics facilities at the […]

A worker at a phosphate production plant in Metlaoui, Tunisia. Phosphate accounts for 15% of Tunisia's exports

Saudi Arabia loans $55m for Tunisian rail renewal

Saudi Arabia has signed a $55 million loan deal with Tunisia to finance the renewal of the North African country’s rail network.  The railway is used to transport phosphate, a sector that makes up around 4 percent of Tunisia’s GDP and 15 percent of the country’s exports. Tunisia plans to produce eight million tonnes by […]