EPEE Director General Andrea Voigt spoke at the workshop on Sustainable Technologies for Stationary Air Conditioning on 1 February in Las Vegas, USA.
The workshop was organized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the German Environment Agency (UBA), the Climate and Clean Air Coaltion (CCAC) and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy. It was supported by the government of Canada and AHRI.
The workshop was held on the margins of the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting and brought together participants from politics, academia and industry. The aim of the event was to familiarize participants with climate-friendly and cost-effective stationary AC technologies which have proven their applicability and show that phasing down high-GWP HFCs is manageable – in particular in the developing world and under high ambient temperature conditions. It featured presentations from UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP, the Worldbank, leaders from the industry and representatives from governments.
Andrea delivered a presentation on Energy Efficiency and its Role in the EU during the first session of the event, and stressed that energy efficiency measures and the HFC phase-down need to go hand in hand in order to achieve our climate goals.