Review of government’s net zero carbon plans estimates that the risk of increased temperatures and demand for data centres will see growing interest in mechanical cooling systems
A predicted rise in average UK temperatures resulting from climate change will put growing pressure on national energy supplies to power cooling systems. The warning has been made in the government-commissioned net zero review that has looked at national capability to decarbonise buildings, energy supplies and the wider economy by 2050.
The ‘Mission Zero’ review, undertaken by Conservative MP Chris Skidmore, has set out over 120 recommendations for the government to consider to ensure a wider number of industries such as the HVACR sector are capable to provide low and even zero carbon buildings and infrastructure.
These recommendations include a number of proposals to decarbonise heat and power, while also looking at the risks to the country from higher temperatures that could impact the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
There is limited mention in the review about the likely environmental impacts of growing demand for different mechanical cooling approaches and what they could mean to the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
The review also cites advice provided from the Met Office about the impacts of a predicted increase in high temperatures during summers and the rest of the year. A two deg C increase in average UK temperatures would see the increased likelihood of excessive heat both indoors and outdoors. This could increase pressure to ensure sustainable cooling approaches are in place.
The review stated: “Days where extra energy is needed for cooling, such as air conditioning, fans, and more refrigeration will more than double and wildfire danger can increase by 40 per cent to 70 per cent.”