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IOR identifies seven critical areas for addressing climate change

August 19, 2020

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), is an independent non-profit making organisation which has over 2200 members from across the entire refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector. It is a central resource for people from all over the world to improve the application of refrigeration and allied fields for the general good of society, covering areas such as the environment, efficiency, safety and innovation.

On 26th June 2020, which was also World Refrigeration Day, the IOR launched a new initiative called ‘Beyond Refrigeration’, the first stage of addressing climate change issues and achieving net zero heating and cooling in the UK.

The IOR has identified seven critical areas of focus and aim to bring together industry experts, practical experience and professionals to contribute to a policy debate on how the UK can achieve low carbon heating and cooling.

The seven critical areas are:

Balancing heating and cooling demand

Using energy intelligently

Making use of the best available technology

Reducing the need for mechanical cooling

Achieving best system performance

Developing the best people and skills

Working together


As a starting point, the IOR has produced a document to encourage open discussion and encourage experts to share views so that suitable solutions can be proposed. The ongoing activity will include providing a forum for experts to discuss and develop recommendations, preparation of technical guidance for implementation, engagement with and lobbying policy makers to develop a National Cooling Strategy for the future.

If you would like to know more, or get involved, please click here for more information.