World Refrigeration Day

Wednesday 26th June 2019

The  first annual World Refrigeration Day will take place on the 26 June 2019.  

The IOR is a proud supporter of the World Refrigeration Day campaign.  The initiative will raise the profile of the important contribution that refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life – from medical, to food supply and farming, process engineering to data and IT, refrigeration technologies are essential and yet go widely unrecognised.

This global event will bring together the worlds community to celebrate the success and achievements of the RACHP sector through a series of international events and a social media campaign.

IOR initiatives to support World Refrigeration Day include:

  • Use Twitter #wrefd19 and @worldrefday to post pictures of your events and stories on the day
  • Join up now! A one-off discount on the first years joining fee available to all new members who apply before 26th June.  Join up now!


What's happening on World Refrigeration Day?


8.15 am  (NZ time zone) The World is Cool - You Tube Live New Zealand register here

10am to 1pm- World Refrigeration Day UK Facebook Live event

UK launches World Refrigeration Day from the TCS&D Show at the East of England Arena - talks will be broadcast live via Facebook, Register here  or follow live links on twitter hashtag #wrefd19 .

  •  What is refrigeration anyway?   Graeme Fox, The BESA
  • Careers in Cooling 
  • Cooling in a warming world – Shane Brennan of Food Storage and Distribution Federation
  • Refrigeration works for me – Interview with Dean Clackett and Sam Buckell 
  • Fantastic Fridges new and updated website for schools - Joe Axelrod, IOR
  • Fun Fridge Facts – Russell Beattie, FETA
  • Cool for School competition launch - Joe Axelrod


2pm -3.30pm (UK time)  Refrigerants for Life webinar

From ASHRAE and UNEP in the USA.  Speakers include Ray Gluckman, Andy Pearson (Star Refrigeration), Sheila Hayter (ASHRAE President) and Andrea Voigt (EPEE) See full programme of speakers and register .


More events around the globe


  • Burnley, UK, Practical Refrigeration Training Centre skills day. The day includes a Skill Fridge Competition and information, advice and breakout area. Full details and booking information can be found here.
  • New Zealand EcoChill's uture is Cool videos and events
  • Australia. AIRAH the national institute will be organising tours and open days across the country.. They have a website packed with videos, information about James Harrison and will run an Aussie Inventors Series TV episode in association with the History Channel.
  • Madrid, Spain. The professional associations AEFYT (Asociación de Empresas de Frio Y sus Tecnologías), AFAR (Asociaicón de Fabricantes andaluces de Refigeración) and AFEC (Asociación de Fabricantes Españoles de Climatización) are joining together to host an event in Madrid's “Ateneo” the home of important lectures by famous politicians and scientists.   The event will be from 10:30 until 14:30 with a conference, two debates with industry experts and a journalist, and at the end a networking celebration. 

  • Burkina Faso. Refrigeration for the Socio-Economic Development of Africaat the New Cold System Sarl in Ouagadougou, under the theme of “Refrigeration for the Socio-Economic Development of Africa”:

  • Hesse Thuringia, Germany. Open Day: Visit the technical training centres of Bundesfachschule Kälte Klima Technik and discover training and study programmes available -

  • Padua, Italy. International Symposium on "Refrigerants: heat transfer and applications" organised by the University of Padua, the National Council of Research (CNR) and the Italian Union for Thermal-fluidynamics (UIT) aims to present advances in heat transfer and applications - 

  • Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Conference on national refrigeration issues in collaboration with the National Union of Professional Refrigeration technicians of Ivory Coast (UNTPFCI), the Zeus Expertise Sarl company will organise a debate on key refrigeration issues - 

  • Mexico. National Association of Refrigeration and Air conditioning Distributors (ANDIRA) will come together with a range of national associations to organise different events - details at 

  • Ohio, USA Open House and food drive 10am to 4pm at the PRO and Pure Cold at their Avon Lake site where they will also  connect to Shecco for a webinar on Accelerating Energy Efficiency.   

    NB: Events in local time


Launching on World Refrigeration Day


  • Fantastic Fridges. Live launch of the new "Cooling Science" and "Cool Careers" sections of this  website for school children, linked to the UK National Curriculum. Refrigeration science made fun with videos, games and technology explainers.  An interactive careers area shows different career paths and opportunities.  See the current site (under redevelopment)
  • Icy Challenge for schools. The IOR will be launching a competition for schools to produce short videos of practical experiments related to cooling science - loads of prizes including trips, equipment and a first prize of £2000 for the school. Details to be announced soon - schools can register their interest in taking part here.
  • Careers in Cooling. Live viewing of the IOR video all about the contribution of refrigeration and air conditioning to modern society. Watch on You Tube 
  • Women in RACHP 100 for 100 campaign is aiming to increase the number of female members in the IOR to 100 by 23rd June, International Women in Engineering day.





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