ACs, refrigerators could become costlier next summer

ACs, refrigerators could become costlier next summer Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: Starting next summer get ready to pay more for air-conditioners and refrigerators – all to prevent global warming.

Post the UN climate talks in November at Doha, the cost of air-conditioners and refrigerators could go up. The US and other rich countries could force the UN to replace the existing refrigerant gases with costlier, but more climate-friendly alternatives that could help check temperature rise.

With global warming becoming a serious concern, the US and other developed countries have suggested that the short-lived greenhouse gases (CHGs) be curbed immediately as they have an intense effect on the climate.

HCFC 22 is one such refrigerant gas used in India and is to be phased out from 2013.

At present, DuPont and Honeywell, two US-based multinationals and Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited, are working on one of the proposed alternatives to reduce global warming. And while it will bring much profit to the companies, it will have to be at the cost of consumers.

This means that India and other developing countries will have to pay more for the expensive alternatives which the US and other rich countries have suggested. Government experts believe that the new alternatives will cost 15 times more than the refrigerant gas that India pays at the moment.