7th IIR International Conference on Sustainable and the Cold Chain

Monday 11th April 2022 to Wednesday 13th April 2022

Call for abstracts now open - Deadline 1st October

Conference dates 11-13th April 2022

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Click here to find out how to submit your abstract.

Submitting an abstract is not a commitment to attend the conference. A commitment to attend will be required once the paper is accepted onto the programme.


Venue and Covid

The conference is scheduled to take place at Northumbria University in the city of Newcastle, UK.  However, the organising committee will review this decision in line with government Covid guidelines and if required the conference will move to an online event. 


Who should attend?

End users, component manufacturers, senior representatives of engineering, marketing and product development, innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policymakers.



The conference will be a platform to share expertise on the cold chain. Papers will explore cold chain innovation, developments in refrigeration technology and design and examine what is being done to build a sustainable cold chain in developing nations in order to address key UN sustainable development goals related to hunger, health, energy, education, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainable cities, responsible production (reducing food waste), climate action and partnerships.


This event will explore topics related to

  • Innovation in the cold chain
  • Retail refrigeration, technology development and design
  • Building a sustainable cold chain in developing nations

Papers will be invited under the topics of

  •  Storage, transportation and logistics
  • Modelling and predictive tools
  • Food quality, food safety, reducing food waste
  • Pharmaceutical cold chain
  • New technologies in design
  • Sustainability and reducing climate change in the whole sector
  • Innovations in energy supply, management and storage
  • The roles and responsibility of the international cooling community
  • How consumers are driving a more ethical cold chain
  • Energy use, heat recovery and demand reduction
  • Sustainable and cost-effective refrigerant options
  • Renewable technologies and energy generation
  • Reducing the climate impact of refrigerants and refrigerant leakage throughout the cold chain
  • Evolving and developing markets
  • Carbon footprinting and reducing environmental impact
  • Capacity building in developing countries
  • Opportunities for collaborative working, funding of innovation and technology transfer




Sponsorship packages are available for companies to raise their profile in this sector and take advantage of the international exposure this event will attract online. Contact us for more information. 


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

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