Solar energy technologies could supply almost one-sixth of the world’s heating and cooling needs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The ‘Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap’ states this could save around 800 megatonnes of carbon emissions every year.
The IEA suggests if the industry and Governments take enough action, solar energy could produce more than 16% of total energy for low-temperature heat and nearly 17% for cooling.
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the agency suggests the industry and Governments need to take action: “For solar heating and cooling to play its full role in the coming energy revolution, concerted action is required by scientists, industry, governments, financing institutions and the public.”
The report also states solar heat can help tackle climate change and strengthen energy security.