The Annual Conference programme features all of these inclusive activities and resources based around the seven key elements of the IOR Beyond Refrigeration initiative:

  • Technical papers presented with live Q&A (you will receive the paper pdfs in your virtual conference bag before the conference starts) - See the full programme with abstracts here
  • Keynote presentations from world-leading technical experts
  • Short course and workshops
  • Regular Coffee Lounge sessions where you can meet and discuss with other delegates
  • Don't worry if you cannot attend a session, all presentations are being recorded and you can join or listen again at any time until the end of September 2021 (a link to the library of recordings will be available delegates from Friday 23rd April). 




Day 1:  21st April 2021 


Session 1 – Opening session - Working Together

Running in Go to Webinar

Chair: Robert Lamb

Keynotes Presentations

8.40 - Welcome and essential conference information - What you need to know to make the most of the conference.

8.50 - Why Net Zero is important. Rob Lamb, Conference Chair

9.00 - Strengthening the RACHP Sector and Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals Through Refrigerant Transition. Jim Curlin, UNEP

9.30 - A Global Perspective on Sustainability Goals for the RACHP Sector. Didier Coulomb, International Institute of Refrigeration

Working Together and Making Use of Best Available Technology

9.45 - The Climate Change Agreement for Cold Stores: An industry working together to improve energy efficiency. Tom Southall, Cold Chain Federation

10.05 - Towards a Net Zero Food Cold Chain. Judith Evans, London South Bank University


Coffee Lounge Discussion Session: Beyond Net Zero Refrigeration

Running in Zoom

Co-hosted by: Graeme Maidment Chair of IOR Beyond Refrigeration Committee, Nick Franzen of Refrigeration Advisory Service, James Bailey of Wave Refrigeration

11.35- 12.55

SESSION 2 - Achieving Best System Performance and Combining/Balancing Heating and Cooling Demand.

Running in Go to Webinar

Chaired by Judith Evans

11.35 – Predictive Maintenance Based on Performance Monitoring using System Efficiency Index and Sub Efficiencies is the future. Klas Berglöf, ClimaCheck

11.55 - Energy Saving at Coldstore Doorways by means of Specialist Air Curtains. Martin Craxton, Craxton Solutions

12.15 - Efficient Cooling at the Heart of Low-carbon Electrified Heat. John Hayes, Erda Energy

12.35 - Meeting Industry’s Increasing Sustainability Demands by Using Water as a Refrigerant. Garry Broadbent, Pure Thermal


Comfort break


Lunch Lounge Discussion Session – Transitioning to low GWP refrigerants – a panel debate.

Running in Zoom

Co-hosted by: Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration, Mark Hughes of Chemours, Alex Cohr Pachai of Johnson Controls, Daniel Colbourne of Re-Phridge, Monika Witt of Eurammon


SESSION 3 - Using Energy Intelligently and Reducing the Need for Mechanical Cooling

Running in Go to Webinar

Chaired by Dermot Cotter

14.15 - Keynote Presentation

How Can We Reduce The Demand For Energy? Ian Arbon, Engineered Solutions

14.45 - How to Reduce the Cooling Demand in Office Buildings and Match the Machinery to Heat Pump Design Demand. Gert Nielsen, Xrgy As

15.05 - River Source Heat Pumps for Residential and Commercial Heat Networks – a Case Study. Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration

15.25 - Booster Heat Pumps for Space Heating, Hot Water Heating and Process Heating from Geothermal Energy. Neil Hewitt, Ulster University



Coffee Lounge – How to improve the net Energy in cities.

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Co-hosted by: David Pearson of Star Renewable Energy, Andy Deacon of the Global Covenant of Mayors, Akos Revesz of LSBU and Zafer Ure of PCM Ltd

16.50 -17.30

SESSION 4- Making use of Best Available Technology

Running in Go to Webinar

Chaired by Robert Lamb

16.50 – New R744 102m3/h transcritical compressor: Improving CO2 presence into large cooling and heating systems. Mauro Bonfanti, Officine Mario Dorin SpA

17.10 - A Heat Recovery System for a Passive Ventilation Wind Tower. Daniel Marshall Cross, Free Running Buildings

17.30 – Close of Day  - Where do we go from here? Rob Lamb Conference Chair


Programme Day 2


Day 2:  22nd April 2021

People and Skills - Short courses and workshops

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Short course: Improving skills in handling flammable refrigerants.

Course leaders: Marco Buoni, and Marino Bassi of REAL Alternatives


Workshop: Learning how to measure impact with environmental, legislative and regulative auditing.

Workshop leader: David Blackhurst, Star Technical Services


Workshop: Developing the best people and skills – Where are the training gaps? How do we fill them?

Workshop leaders: John Skelton, IOR Education Committee, Graeme Fox, BESA Training, and Graham Wright, Heat Pump Association, 


*This is a provisional programme and subject to change.