Can India’s Air Conditioning Service Sector Turn Climate Friendly?

Can India’s Air Conditioning Service Sector Turn Climate Friendly?
Sector:Climate Policy Undertaken By:Council on Energy, Environment and Water Year Published:2017

The air-conditioning service sector is important not only from the perspective of reducing HFC emissions during servicing, but also from the perspective of maintaining energy efficiency of the equipment and ensuring safe operation of the equipment. In India, the service sector is estimated to account for as much as 40 per cent of all refrigerant consumption in the country. Reducing demand from this sector by increasing adherence to good service practices (GSPs)—that is, servicing and installation practices that are vital for the safe, reliable, and climate-friendly operation of the system—is key to addressing the issue of cutting HFC emissions. The purpose of this study was to understand the present state of the AC servicing sector, to assess the level of skill and knowledge of the technicians about GSPs to reduce refrigerant leakages, and to provide a foundation for future policy decisions.