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The UK International Refrigeration Committee (IRC)  promotes international development of refrigeration by the sharing of information and technology. It provides its members with the opportunity to influence international technology developments and to be the first to know about innovation, research and world developments.

The IRC provides representation for UK industry at the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR).  The IIR is an intergovernmental organisation representing 61 countries providing a range of technical information including informatory notes, international newsletters and publishes the International Journal of Refrigeration.  There is also a comprehensive on line shop and research database, FRIDOC.  The IRC was formed to ensure that the UK remains a member of this inter-governmental organisation.  

As a member of the IIR the UK is able to host influential international research conferences. Recent events held in the UK include the IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference, the IIR Cold Chain and Sustainability Conference and a new conference on HFO refrigerants being held in 2018.  

The IRC also offers its members annual half day briefing events on topical issues with international speakers held in the UK.  Recent topics have included heat pump market developments and progress towards achieving the 20-20-20 efficiency targets in the EU.

How to Join

IRC membership provides access to the International Journal of Refrigeration, the FRIDOC database of technical papers, IIR commission membership and discounts at international events.

Membership fees are payable to the UK Institute of Refrigeration and help to support the UK's membership of the IIR.

For details of the range of activities that you can access through membership of the IRC please see the International Institute of Refrigeration website


Current Members of the IRC

  • Asda
  • Cambridge Refrigeration Technology
  • GEA
  • Howdens
  • Honeywell
  • IOR
  • J&E Hall International
  • Mexichem Fluor
  • Spirax Sarco
  • Star Refrigeration Ltd
  • Individual members: Judith Evans, John Clark


Institute of Refrigeration  
Kelvin House, 76 Mill Lane  
Carshalton Surrey SM5 2JR 
United Kingdom 

+44 (0)208 6477033