Why Europe Faces An Air Conditioning Problem After Its Red-Hot Summer

Europe is facing a tough winter, as inflation and energy prices continue to rise. The continent also faces tough decisions following its scorching hot summer. Heat waves in Europe broke records, sparked widespread wildfires and even damaged a busy runway at a London airport. Unlike the U.S., European countries don’t rely on air conditioning to cope with high temperatures. Fewer than 10% of households in Europe owned air conditioners as of 2016, according to the International Energy Agency. “If we were looking at the beginning of this summer, it was fairly quiet. We were getting typically 20 inquiries a day maybe for people interested in air conditioning,” said Richard Salmon, director of The Air Conditioning Co., which is based in central London. Demand for air conditioners spiked as temperatures crossed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Kingdom. “I’ve been here for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” Salmon said. As countries around the globe rapidly adopt ways to cool their homes and businesses, it becomes more important to install cooling technology that doesn’t contribute to higher temperatures in the future via carbon emissions. “It is clear that if no effective mitigation strategies will be put in place on a global scale to cut emissions then this kind of summer and these kinds of events will become the new norm,” said Andrea Toreti, senior climate researcher at the European Commission, the executive body of the EU. Watch the video to learn more about why large parts of Europe don’t have air conditioning, how ACs contribute to climate change, and new kinds of efficient cooling technologies that can mitigate carbon emissions. » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision About CNBC: From ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’ to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC Why Europe Faces An Air Conditioning Problem After Its Red-Hot Summer

15 thoughts on “Why Europe Faces An Air Conditioning Problem After Its Red-Hot Summer

  1. Advertising displays being turned off is gloomy? What kind of corporate dystopia overlord would come to that conclusion?

  2. London, and UK doesn’t get anywhere near as hot as mainland Europe. It’s not a big problem. Couple of day in 10 years,, in London. It’s like me saying that every city and town in the USA has rampant knife crime ,,, not true and alarmist

  3. i offset my AC use by riding a bicyle for all things under 10km from my home. The last 2 years I’ve driven my car only twice. Lucky for me i live in a city where everything essential and work is under 4km from my home.

    i open air dry my clothes and swapped out 40kwh/month standing fans with 10kwh/month ceiling fans added a 2nd layer of wall and floor insulation to all rooms.

    I’ve also been reusing the same canvas grodery/shoppint bags for 8 years, always declining paper and plastic bags.

    What are the millionaires and billionaires, profiting off consumerism done?

  4. REALITY is NOT in the air conditioned offices of these scientists and politicos but in the shops of auto mechanics in LA, farmers in Tennessee and office workers suffocating in NYC highrises

  5. Humans could live for several thousand of years happily without heatpumps and air conditioning. First as we began to ignore nature and the experience of our ancestors in the name of profit we created problems which we are trying to correct with another problems.

    One example that you know what I mean. My neighbour has a house with a colonnade which was designed with a purpose in mind. In summer when the sun is high the colonnade will cast a shadow and windows don’t get sunlight. So the rooms are staying cool. In winter when the sun is low the sun shines through the windows and warms the rooms.

    Last year my neighbour closed the collonade and put in pretty airtight windows. Now in summer the sun shines directly into the new rooms. He complains that the rooms are now as hot as an oven and installed air conditioning. Now he complains about the electric bills of the air conditioning.

    I think you will get the point now that we self are creating problems if we ignore nature.

  6. I’m from the Uk. The trouble is these days they are putting so much insulation in homes it’s actually making them unhealthy to live in. Yes it considerably saves energy but at the same time the houses can’t breathe. . There is nothing to circulate fresh air and people are getting illnesses. It wouldn’t be so bad if they installed proper heat exchangers but they don’t

  7. While discussing the most suitable air-con unit attention should also be directed to power generation, especially the spare margin. Right now air-con is not standard in many household but in just several years it could be. On a hot day one can expect all the air-con unit will be switched on pretty much all at the same time, which would result in a “kettle spike” in power terms. In which case can power generation and grid system cope with the intense demand? If you look at countries like Japan, S. Korea, China, Taiwan, one can find many examples of power shortage and supply failure potentially caused by every household switches on the air-con when it get hot.

  8. Kind of satisified how nature slaps back at skeptical people who do not believe in global warming or climate change.

  9. Why does no one mention nuclear? Wind and solar are a joke and will never be able to handle the full grid. I have zero sympathy for anyone against nuclear and complains about heat or cold.

  10. why would anyone in europe or the uk want to be cold in summer time with air conditioning when we have months of chillier weather. enjoy the summer weather
    Fat people like AC because they know they won,t smell so bad when they sweat.. just get a table fan or pedistal fan , just as good for less than quarter of the price

  11. also forgot to mention that europe doesn’t have air conditioning because energy and electricity in europe is absurdly expensive

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