UN report: Post-coronavirus recovery plan should include improvements to global refrigeration systems
[China Refrigeration Network] A reporter learned from the United Nations Environment Program on the 19th that the latest report “Refrigeration System Emissions and Policy Comprehensive Report” jointly issued by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) pointed out that if global coordination is adopted Consistent action to promote the transformation of energy-saving and climate-friendly refrigeration will avoid up to 460 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next 40 years-if the 2018 global emissions level is used as a reference value, it is equivalent to 8 years of global emissions. Post-coronavirus recovery plan should include improvements to global refrigeration systems
The report stated that improving the energy efficiency of the refrigeration industry and the transition to climate-friendly refrigerants can reduce 210-4600 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.
The report pointed out that countries can institutionalize related actions and include them in the implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The signatories of the “Kigali Amendment” have reached an agreement to gradually reduce the production and use of the powerful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). With this measure alone, the world is expected to avoid a temperature increase of 0.4°C by 2100.
“Countries must drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that global warming is controlled within 1.5°C by the end of this century and the catastrophic effects of climate change are minimized.” Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme ) Said that as countries continue to start the economic recovery process after the epidemic, countries have the opportunity to slow climate change, protect nature, and avoid recurrence of epidemics through effective use of resources. Efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration systems can help achieve all of the above goals.
The report emphasized the importance of refrigeration to maintain the health of the community. The refrigeration system can keep food fresh and maintain vaccine effectiveness; ensure a stable energy supply; and promote production activities. Given that vaccines are sensitive to temperature, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for the rapid deployment of cold chains and related refrigeration technologies around the world. The epidemic blockade forces people to stay at home for a long time, and this has also become a major health risk in many countries with hot climates.
But at the same time, the increasing demand for refrigeration has also led to a rapid deterioration of climate change. This is because most of the energy that powers air conditioners and other refrigeration equipment is based on fossil fuels, and their emissions of hydrocarbons (HFCs), carbon dioxide and black carbon are the driving forces of global warming.
“When governments launch large-scale economic stimulus packages to deal with the economic and social impact of COVID-19, they also have a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration systems.” International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol (Fatih Birol) said the government must comply with stricter energy efficiency standards to achieve energy and environmental goals. By improving the cooling efficiency, our demand for power plants will be reduced, the corresponding emissions will be reduced, and consumer spending will be saved. This latest report provides policymakers with valuable suggestions to help them meet the global refrigeration challenge.
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