Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Global Cooling Efficiency Program is well-renowned for conducting global analysis on carbon emissions related to air-conditioner use. Much of the program’s research focuses on geographic areas where air-conditioner demand is growing rapidly, such as in China and India. The Economist published a feature article on the environmental cost of the rising prevalence of air-conditioners, and the article cited Berkeley Lab’s research in 2017, which calculates the carbon emissions saved if air-conditioners were more energy efficient.
Read the article in the Economist below. Please note that the Economist allows visitors to access a limited number of free articles per month: economist.com/international/2018/08/25/air-conditioners-do-great-good-but-at-a-high-environmental-cost