Beyond Refrigeration

the challenge to achieve net zero heating and cooling for the UK


The purpose of Beyond Refrigeration is to provide a focus for activity to address climate change issues and provide a framework for technical leadership from the Institute of Refrigeration.

We all know that Climate Change is an issue of critical importance to everyone in all sectors. In the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump sectors the IOR can offer technical expertise to help members and their customers (the users of cooling equipment) to make appropriate decisions and to inform national and international policy development.

The infographic to the right is a starting point, identifying seven areas that need to be addressed and our Template outlines what steps businesses need to consider to begin addressing these. We want to continue this discussion and encourage experts to share views so that suitable solutions can be proposed.

Our sector is willing and ready to take an active role in addressing the issue of climate change. The IOR as a non-commercial, non-profit making technical organisation, recognised as a world-class source of up to date, independent advice in the sector.  IOR members have the expertise, practical experience, and professionalism to make a valuable contribution to the policy debate on how the UK can achieve low carbon heating and cooling. Uniquely, they also are responsible for providing the solutions to industry for current and future cooling needs - and for making sure that theoretical solutions work in practice and in the long term.

The IOR is leading a programme of activity to address the areas identified.  Explore this micro-site to find out:



IOR's Seven Critical areas for addressing Climate Change

Critical Activities Graphic