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Inaugural World Refrigeration Day gets high-profile backing from UN

UN Environment Programme to partner celebration of cooling on June 26, which will encourage its promotion throughout developing world

Support for the inaugural World Refrigeration Day on June 26 is set to get high-profile backing from policymakers around the world, with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) encouraging its members to support the initiative.

UNEP’s OzonAction members, meeting in Paris to discuss low-GWP refrigerant developments will be encouraging policy makers in the developing world to support the the day, which aims to raise awareness of how refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pumps technology and science contribute to modern living and society.

The UNEP’s OzonAction group announced that on June 26th it will encourage its National Ozone Units to engage and support, as preferred, including but not limited to:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Onsite training campaigns
  • Skills competitions
  • Special events for consultants, contractors and end‐users
  • Technical brochures and promotional material

The establishing of a World Refrigeration Day has been the personal crusade of IOR past-president Steve Gill for over a decade and Mr Gill has been invited in Paris to present to the UN delegates.

The move follows backing last week from two UK trade bodies, CIBSE and BSRIA  for the inititiative.

Stephen Lisk, CIBSE President said: “Refrigeration is a critical element of daily life in the developed world and increasingly so to the developing economies…But to maintain the fridges and freezers, the cold stores, the refrigerated lorries and vans and even ships and containers requires many skills and trades and specialisms. And as we seek to reduce the global warming impact of refrigerant gases, we need research and innovation of new technologies and processes to minimise the negative impacts whilst enhancing the daily benefits of cooling systems. World Refrigeration Day is a celebration of all these things. It is a chance to explain the many benefits that refrigeration has brought to the world over the last century. It is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the pioneers of early refrigeration and to celebrate the developments that continue today. CIBSE is delighted to support this important event and to work with the Institute of Refrigeration and its partners in raising awareness of all the varied aspects of refrigeration today.”

Colin Goodwin, Technical Director, BSRIA, added: “BSRIA relishes the chance to support World Refrigeration Day. The day has a mission to emphasise the effect of refrigeration – globally…BSRIA is committed to working with industry to further deliver the improvements and provide a sustainable future for refrigeration.”

Industry trade associations and professional bodies from around the world, from the US to Australia have agreed to establishJune 26th as World Refrigeration Day and have indicated that they will celebrating the day as an annual event.

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Any organisation or individual wishing to support World Refrigeration Day can contact steve@worldrefrigerationday.org


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