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World Refrigeration Day lands with industry awareness push

Education, innovation and attempts to tackle limited awareness of the vital role cooling currently plays in global society and industry are major themes of inaugural WRD campaign

Expanded educational programmes covering some core fundamentals of cooling science and efforts to play up a range of sustainable innovations are some of the ways industry is celebrating the first ‘World Refrigeration Day’.

The debut of today’s event, which seeks to increase awareness across society of the large number of industries dependent on refrigeration and cooling, coincides with significant efforts already underway to ensure cooling is increasingly sustainable and affordable around the world.

The Institute of Refrigeration is commemorating the event with an expansion of its Fantastic Fridges site that seeks to introduce school children of different ages to understand the science that underpins cooling technologies and some of the more vital, as well as entertaining applications.

Resources offered through the site look at refrigeration, AC and heat pumps and how the technologies can help tackle issues such as global warming. The site also details a range of potential careers and opportunities from studying and better understanding cooling.

A competition has been launched as part of the World Refrigeration Day campaign to encourage school pupils and classes aged between 11 and 14 to create videos that can demonstrate cooling science in new and engaging ways.

An underrated industry

Elsewhere across the building Services industry, David Frise, the chief executive of BESA, noted that the refrigeration and cooling sector was an increasingly vital industry that continued to be underrated in terms of its global importance on everyday life.

In a video post, Mr Frise argued that the demands for net zero buildings and industry that can manage comfort with efficiency would likely lead to much greater awareness over the next decade of the complexities of cooling.

Manufacturer Bitzer also used the day to play up the dangers of underestimating the importance of efficient cooling to our food, medicines and data.

The company’s PR head, Patrick Koops, argued that refrigeration and cooling was an industry that was largely unknown to the public.

He said, “World Refrigeration Day is a good opportunity to put more emphasis on the importance of our industry. Not just the supply of food, but also health care, air conditioning in office buildings or special medical applications would not be possible without refrigeration and air conditioning.”

Mr Koops also argued that there was limited awareness of the potential for using refrigeration technology in heating though the use of heat pumps, highlighting the importance of the sector to helping realise more sustainable buildings.

Emerson has meanwhile used the occasion to highlight the challenge of sustainable refrigerant for a range of uses in the commercial, industrial and residential sector.

It has produced a four-part series of videos on the challenges being posed to major industry such as the food retail sector on switching to new forms of refrigerant in a manner that can balance efficiency with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The issue is significant at a time where international commitments and legislation is focused on phasing out reliance on HFCs and other products linked to climate change and environmental damage.

Eric Winandy, director of integrated solutions with Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions said, “The challenge of phasing-down HFCs and shifting to more sustainable refrigeration systems has been an important topic in Europe, and we hope this day helps spread awareness for the sustainable refrigeration options available.”

“It is particularly important to food retailers who arguably rely the most on refrigeration to preserve our food supply.”

Climalife has also published a video on the everyday impacts of cooling on our lives that can go unnoticedoutside of the industry.

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