Policy & Regulation

India’s looming cooling crisis

Warmer temperatures combined with a growing and increasingly wealthy population are set to drive up India’s demand for air conditioning Warmer temperatures combined with a growing and increasingly wealthy population are set to drive up India’s demand for air conditioning.
By Catriona Scott 3 October 2018 0 32759
Air conditioning units at an apartment complex India is facing one of the highest rates of air conditioning demand growth of any country in the world. (Annie Spratt/unsplash.com)

As the planet warms and India’s wealth and population grow, the country’s demand for air conditioning is set to soar. How this need is met will have major implications for the country’s electricity demand. The Indian government has moved to address the problem and released a draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) in September. The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has put the document forward for consultation and review, but early critics have said it does not go far enough. The scale of...