Conference Programme 

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9:00:  Registration: Coffee and networking

9:30: Welcome and Introduction from Brian Churchyard the Conference Chair


  • Net zero cooling climate action plan: policy, investment, innovation, opportunities and the international outlook. Steve Gill, Carbon Trust
  • Understanding emissions and decarbonisation in transport, industrial and commercial refrigeration in the UK (TICR). Graeme Maidment, BEIS.


Session 1 - Opportunities

  • The evolution of retail sustainability at Aldi, Conor Eaton-Smith, K2 Engineering (Cooling) 
  • Cold store upgrade to meet net zero objectives, Rob Lamb, Star Refrigeration
  • Air source heat pumps as a low carbon technology – service, maintenance and performance, Gavin Redmore, City FM


11:10-11:40 - Coffee Break


Session 2 – Case Studies

  • Benchmarking - lessons from cold store benchmarking, Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration
  • Refrigerant lifecycle management - a key part of the solution, Ken Logan, A-Gas
  • Transforming the value chain to help customers decarbonise, Nanna Lundsgaard, Danfoss


12:35-13:45 -  Lunch and learn


Session 3 -  People and skills matter 

Plugging the engineering skills gap

  • Welcome and introduction, John Skelton, IOR Education and Training Committee Chair
  • Leadership redefined, James Bailey, Omega Solutions 
  • Future skills in engineering services to deliver net zero. 

Followed by a hosted discussion with employers from a range of sectors including Lisa Pogson from Airmaster, Debbie Gittoes from Arctic Circle, Mark Woods from of RefMech, Andrew Bowden of J&E Hall and Rob Redfern of Tesco.


Session 4 -  Prioritising safety and mitigating risk

Supporting a successful transition toward a sustainable low carbon future

  • Debate with Prof Judith Evans LSBU, Dr Dermot Cotter Star Technical Solutions, Dr Daniel Colbourne


Closing session - Lessons from the day, what are the next steps? Brian Churchyard,


16:15-17:00 - Networking for conference delegates 



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