3 Unexpected Ways Asia is Becoming More Energy Efficient
Businesses are playing a leading role in helping the region transition to environmentally preferable technologies
September 19, 2017
With a growing population and booming infrastructure, Asia has become a significant force in global energy markets. A 2016 report from BP predicts that by 2035, the region will account for 47 percent of global energy consumption.
Businesses are increasingly aligning with these goals, incorporating next-generation, energy efficient and low-global-warming solutions into their products.
Here are examples:
With its year-round tropical climate, Thailand’s use of cooling technology accounts for roughly 50 percent of the total electricity consumed in the country. Nowhere is this more evident than in the supermarket industry, where profit margins can be radically affected by the type of refrigeration technology that is used to keep food fresh.
Tesco Lotus, a leading grocery retailer in Thailand, recently began converting 900 of its stores to our Solstice N40 refrigerant, with a target of converting 1, 500 stores over the next 2 years. In 2016, refrigerant emissions accounted for 15 percent of Tesco’s total global direct carbon footprint. By adopting Solstice N40 across 1,500 stores, the company aims to achieve energy savings of up to 10 percent, equal to removing more than 67,000 cars from the road.
In 2014, Japan established the Net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) policy, which aims to have all newly constructed public buildings to be zero-energy by 2020 and achieve average net emissions of zero in newly constructed buildings by 2030. The country is working to improve overall sustainability and energy efficiency in the construction industry, which is responsible for one-third of all energy consumption. The country has tripled its adoption of Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), a blowing agent used for foam creation, since 2015, to insulate more than 300 buildings as it works toward achieving its energy goals.
Chinese manufacturers produce more than half of the world’s refrigerators. TCL, one of the largest electronics manufacturers in China (2 million refrigerators annually), is using Solstice LBA to insulate its new household refrigerators and achieve up to 4 percent energy efficiency. Blowing agents are a critical ingredient in appliance foam insulation, affecting the appliance’s energy efficiency.
Widespread adoption of Solstice would save about 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, comparable to eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from more than 11.8 million cars per year.