L'importance du secteur du froid et du conditionnement d'air en Australie

Environ 173.000 personnes (1,5% des salariés australiens) sont employées dans plus de 20.000 entreprises de l'industrie du froid et du conditionnement d'air en Australie. (en anglais)
The Cold Hard Facts 2 report, prepared by Expertgroup for the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, provides a detailed insight in the refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector in Australia.

Around 173,000 people (1.5% of the Australian workforce) are employed in over 20,000 businesses operating in the RAC industry.

The most obvious responsibility of the industry is the transport of nearly USD 30 billion worth of perishable food per year from farm to domestic refrigerator, using over 28,000 refrigerated trucks.
Air conditioning is now installed in the majority of the country’s estimated 8 million homes and in the 16 million registered road vehicles.
There are over 45 million individual pieces of RAC equipment operating in Australia that consumed more than an estimated 59,000 GWh of electricity in 2012, equivalent to over 22% of all electricity used in Australia that year.
Stationary air conditioning, refrigerated food cold chain and domestic refrigeration represented respectively 62%, 25% and 13% of the total electricity consumption.

Total indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result of energy consumption to power RAC systems are estimated to be 57.1 Mt CO2 eq per annum. Combined with an estimated 4.1 Mt CO2 eq of synthetic greenhouse gas direct emissions from losses of refrigerants to air from operating RAC systems, the Australian RAC sector is responsible for about 11.1% of Australian GHG emissions in 2011.