On 26 June, ASHRAE, along with government and industry organisations from around the world highlighted the impact of refrigeration technologies on everyday life by observing World Refrigeration Day. World Refrigeration Day is an international initiative that raises the awareness of cooling’s benefits and inspires development and adoption of innovative and sustainable cooling solutions.

WRD serves as a platform to educate the public. Image credit: ASHRAE

This year’s theme, “Cooling Matters,” stresses the importance of cooling in a wide variety of daily areas like food, data centres, medicine, and air conditioning.

“We witnessed the importance of refrigeration in helping to mitigate a global pandemic by keeping vaccines cold and their efficacy high, among other uses that are critical to health, comfort, and the welfare of humanity.” said 2021-22 ASHRAE president Mick Schwedler, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED AP. “ASHRAE has always provided trusted technical expertise and leadership in refrigeration and cooling technologies and is pleased to support World Refrigeration Day.”

The day serves as a platform to educate the public on issues such as refrigerant transition, emissions reduction, and maximising energy efficiency in building operations.

Cooling Matters tells the story of how our wellbeing depends upon cooling and how cooling technology choices can safeguard the well-being of future generations,” said ASHRAE refrigeration technology committee for comfort chair and World Refrigeration Day founder Stephen Gill. “We encourage the whole refrigeration and air conditioning industry to join our global community in continuing to celebrate World Refrigeration Day.”

Industry supporters of World Refrigeration Day 2022 include the United Nations Environment Programme, ASHRAE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment, the Federation of Ibero-American Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associations, the Global Food Cold Chain Council, the International Institute of Refrigeration, the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Union of Associations of African Actors in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

More about WRD and this year’s theme can be found by visiting the official website.