Due to changes in living patterns and an increase in household incomes across the world, it is estimated that more electricity could be used for cooling (air conditioning) than heating by 2100. It is therefore disappointing to note the recent shift in UK government policy towards enhanced support for the fossil fuel industry and continuing cuts to the subsidies for renewable energy installations.
Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning alone is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100 as developing world incomes rise and urbanisation advances. Already, the US uses as much electricity to keep buildings cool as the whole of Africa uses on everything; China and India are fast catching up. By mid-century people will use more energy for cooling than heating.