More sustainable cooling of buildings in India

Project description

Title: Energy-efficient cooling
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: India
Lead executing agency: Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India (BEE)
Overall term: 2019 to 2022


Cooling of buildings is the main driver of India’s electricity consumption. The country mainly uses small stand-alone systems, which consume a lot of energy and have climate-damaging refrigerants. A government plan of action (India Cooling Action Plan, ICAP) has been drawn up to help achieve a more sustainable solution. Under this action plan the country aims to switch to more energy-efficient central systems that use natural refrigerants with little or no global warming potential.


In the context of implementing the ICAP, the basis for using energy-efficient central cooling systems with natural refrigerants that have little or no global warming potential has been improved.


With a view to establishing more energy-efficient technologies for air conditioning in buildings, the project is drawing up a roadmap that sets out business models and conditions for successful implementation (phase 1). If the partners wish to implement the projects and apply for funding, the project will support them in submitting their application (phase 2). The project promotes sustainable change and, thanks to the potential reduction in greenhouse gases, is helping to achieve the nationally determined contributions in relation to climate action.