UK Government to introduce new regulations for smart energy appliances

They will initially apply to fridges and freezers, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and battery storage

Air conditioners ‘to become one of top power demand drivers by 2050’

The International Energy Agency (IEA) stresses the urgent need for policy action to improve cooling efficiency

Dairy cows enjoy air-con luxury in Qatar’s desert

Dairy cows are the unlikely inhabitants of huge air-conditioned sheds in the deserts of Qatar. A dairy business is aiming to provide the country’s milk after trade boycotts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off its supply. Baladna Farm, located about 55 kilometres from the capital city of Doha, uses the […]

Cooling off on emissions ‘to cut temperature by 1°C’

Cutting 87% of the climate change pollutants found in air-conditioners could eliminate 89.7 billion tonnes of emissions by 2050. That’s according to new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, which suggests improving the efficiency of refrigeration units and phasing out fluorinated gases used for cooling could reduce global warming by as much […]

Car component suppliers fined €155m over four cartel cases

Six companies that supply air conditioning and engine cooling components to car manufacturers in the European Economic Area (EEA) have been fined for their involvement in one or more of four cartels. Germany’s Behr, Japan’s Calsonic, Denso, Panasonic and Sanden and France’s Valeo agreed to settle the case with the European Commission with a fine […]

Hot gas to chill Yanks over the summer

Our American cousins will be keeping cool during the long hot summer using air conditioning powered by natural gas. In fact they are predicted to use a record amount of 3.8 million megawatt hours. This is up 4% on last year. For every one degree Fahrenheit increase above 65 degrees, it is predicted that an […]

Saudi Arabia seizes 40,000 non-energy efficient air conditioners

Saudi Arabian officials have confiscated 40,000 air conditioners from stores which don’t meet the country’s energy saving requirements. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said yesterday inspectors have been doing the rounds in air conditioning markets and shops over the past few days and will continue throughout 2014. A new rule appears to demands commercial […]

Iceland chips £4.8m off energy costs

Energy bills are headed straight for the deep freezer at supermarket Iceland. The frozen food retailer has cuts its building energy costs by £6,000 per store each year by bringing in a new air conditioning system across all its 800-odd stores. Iceland has reduced its energy costs by 10%, with an expected pay-back period on […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – It’s so hot but can I afford to be cool ?…

Whilst both the UK and many parts of the US bake in steamy temperatures maybe it’s time to look at the impact of weather on energy. Let’s be starkly clear that schemes like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) completely ignore the impact of weather on kWhrs used by companies who are saddled with the tax. […]

EU begged to phase out F-gas emissions

The EU is being called on to phase out a certain type of gases used in fridges, insulation and air conditioning to combat climate change. A coalition of environmental organisations wrote to the EU’s climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard to demand the phasing out of fluorinated gases known as F-gases. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Greenpeace, […]