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March 2022

A draft Specification on Skills for Net zero has been published for consultation with members and others including end users and training specialists. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the additional skills, knowledge and behaviour required of end users, designers and technicians to support the move to net zero heating and cooling.  Please comment by 21st April 2022.


March 2022

acrawardslogoThe IOR's Beyond Refrigeration was awarded Environmental Initiative of the Year at the ACR News 2022 Awards ceremony



January 2022

A third Policy Brief on "Refrigerant Selection" with recommendations for policymakers showing legislative, regulatory and financial incentives that would support Net Zero heating and cooling has been issued as a draft for comment.  Additional items are being prepared to cover: Heat Networks and Refrigerant Containment.

November 2021

The first set of Policy Briefs with recommendations for policymakers showing legislative, regulatory and financial incentives that would support Net Zero heating and cooling have been published:

1- Integration of Heating and Cooling

2-Skills for Net Zero

July 2021

The Beyond Refrigeration Template for steps to Net Zero for equipment users was published, and a summary circulated to all IOR members with the summer newsletter.  

The Beyond Refrigeration Working Groups meet on zoom in July during World Refrigeration Week celebrations.  The breakout discussions  were themed around these Action Areas covering all or some of the eight themes from the template:

  • Developing Good Practice Guidance Notes - eg on Maintenance for Efficiency, Skills, Working across functions, Systems settings and set points. What topics should be addressed and who has the information to include?
  • Communications campaign messaging – agree on priority sectors and relevant messaging/issues and consider how to communicate externally with NGOs or schools
  • Setting up Databases of existing Case studies, Benchmarking, Resources and Tools – what should be included and how it could be made easily accessible
  • Topics for Technology Briefs – prioritising topics to link to 8 themes, principles of independent evaluation, identifying experts
  • Drafting a Policy Paper to influence legislators/incentives/skills/energy suppliers – decide who target audience are, which legislative areas are most relevant, consider policy options
  • Setting up an Umbrella group for organisations / stakeholders to work together – who and how
  • CPD training on efficiency – key topics, target groups and mechanisms for delivery


19th May Working Group meeting notes

Feedback  and notes from the meeting

Introductory Slides from  Prof Graeme Maidment FInstR, chairing


21-22 April Annual Conference - Beyond Refrigeration

The IOR Annual Conference on 21-22 April 2021 provided a starting point by publishing case studies, running workshops and holding discussions on the seven Beyond Refrigeration topics shown in the diagram. Find out more about the Conference here.