Thematic Track Session 2.3

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling of enclosed spaces and of water account for the majority of energy use worldwide, particularly in buildings, industries and cities. Fossil fuels are the dominant source of fuel supplying essential heating and cooling in Asia and the Pacific. Air conditioning has become one of the main drivers for growing electricity demand in South Asia and Southeast Asia. In Central Asia, many of the heating supply and distribution systems are old, inefficient, and in urgent need of modernization. However, the heating tariffs are subsidized and do not reflect actual production costs. What are governments doing to address these challenges and promote the efficient use of heating and cooling, including through district heating, solar thermal and heat pumps? How are national cooling action plans and strategies being deployed in the region? What are the best available technologies to deliver more efficient cooling and heating to buildings, industries and cities in the region? What has been the role of the private sector in investing and providing energy services to support more efficient heating and/or cooling systems? What approaches have governments been using to raise consumer awareness on energy efficiency in heating and cooling?

This session will explore cutting-edge strategies and initiatives aimed at driving energy efficiency in heating and cooling solutions. Presentations will include a review of government policies from around the world that incentivize the adoption of heat pumps as a sustainable heating solution; a description of USAID’s innovative market transformation approach towards low-carbon cooling and heating solutions in India; the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership's (ETP’s) support for Vietnam's National Green Cooling Program and Roadmap; and a smart air-conditioning initiative with air filtration and energy efficiency that optimizes building energy performance and indoor air quality, and which has been pilot tested in Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh. Participants in this session will gain an overview of the latest trends in addressing energy demand in cooling and promoting sustainability for a greener future in the midst of a rapidly evolving technological landscape.


9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

Introduction from Moderator

Moderator: Melanie Slade, Senior Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme, IEA

9:05 - 9:55 a.m.


How to Cool the World without Warming the Planet

Alfredo Bano Leal, ADB

Global Strategies and National Approaches: Policies Driving Heat Pump Adoption for Sustainable Heating Solutions

Lei (Steven) Zeng, China Program Lead, CLASP

From Policy to Market: Experience of Scaling-up Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating in India

Tanmay Tathagat, Director, Environmental Design Solutions

Apurva Chaturvedi, Senior Clean Energy Specialist, USAID

The Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership's Support to Vietnam's National Green Cooling Program

Hanh Dang, Co-founder and Managing Director, Vietnam Energy and Environment Consultancy JSC (VNEEC)

Planet & People: Balancing Priorities for a Sustainable Future

Barun Agarwal and Vaibhav Goel, Founder and CEO, BreatheEasy Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Unlocking Higher Efficient Appliances: A Case Study on Incentives for Customers in Transitioning to High-Efficient Air Conditioners

Kynan Tjandaputra, Associate, CLASP

Hybrid Energy Transition systems are required to tackle cooling demand in Asia

Krishna Amancherl, Net Zero Transition Advisor, Nmicorn Co Ltd.

9:55 - 10:25 a.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

10:25 - 10:30 a.m.