But green HVAC will serve as a counterforce, said market research firm.

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By Michael Garry

As the planet continues to warm over the next three decades, air conditioning will be one of the few home applications in the U.S. that will increase its consumption of energy in 2050 compared to 2017, but this will be mitigated by the growth of green HVAC technology.

So observed Raphael Chalogany, general manager of U.K. market research firm BSRIA, in a presentation last month at the AHR Expo in Atlanta.

Chalogany referred to a U.S. Energy Information Administration chart showing that annual air conditioning energy use would increase from about 1,700 kWh per household in 2017 to about 1,900 kWh/household. By contrast, energy use by lighting, space and water heating, refrigeration, clothing and dishwashing, and TV/PCs would decrease over that period. …

EPRI gets $4.7 million in cap-and-trade dollars to develop and deploy heat pumps using low-GWP refrigerants, with a focus on serving low-income areas.

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By Charlotte McLaughlin

California-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced on January 28 that it received $4.7 (€4.12) million in cap and trade funding to develop advanced residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems using low-GWP refrigerants — in particular heat pumps — with an additional focus on bringing the technology to low-income Californians.

The California Strategic Growth Council provided the grant. Its Climate Change Research Program is part of California Climate Investments, a state-wide program that the funnels billions of cap-and-trade dollars toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. …

GreenBiz and S&P Global say in new report that cutting HFCs and other SLCPs is a top sustainable business trend for 2019.

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By Charlotte McLaughlin

U.S. online publication GreenBiz Group and the U.S. financial firm S&P Global on February 5 published the 12th annual “State of Green Business” report, which cited cutting super pollutants such as HFCs as one of the top sustainable business trends for 2019.

“Various actors are prioritizing accelerated replacement of HFCs, a refrigerant commonly used in air conditioners and commercial building chillers,” the report states in a chapter called “Super Pollutants Become Super Important.” …


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