Energy Efficiency Policies: Cooling

The global exchange for energy efficiency policies, data and impacts

"The IEA is working with Governments across the world to enact the right policies for enhancing energy efficiency. We know there is an appetite for focused solutions, and this is what our Efficient World Strategy offers."
Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director


An efficient world strategy for cooling


Effective policies for space cooling need to meet the legitimate needs of consumers for thermal comfort while using the smallest amount of energy and keeping emissions and costs to a minimum.

Policies to drive cooling energy efficiency improvements generally rely on a holistic approach that includes a combination of regulation, information and incentives. The principal regulations include minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and building energy codes; incentives include taxes and subsidies; information measures include equipment energy labels and capacity-building programmes.

Governments of countries with large or potentially large cooling demand need to take urgent policy action. Well-defined policy actions can deliver significant energy savings and emissions reduction by stimulating the widespread deployment of energy-efficient ACs, including the appliances and systems themselves, and, in the longer term, more efficient buildings technologies that limit the need for mechanical air conditioning.

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Policies and measures database: Cooling