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The UK International Refrigeration Committee (IRC)  promotes international development of refrigeration by the sharing of information and technology. It provides its members with the opportunity to influence international technology developments and to be the first to know about innovation, research and world developments.

The IRC provides representation for UK industry at the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR).  The IIR is an intergovernmental organisation representing 61 countries providing a range of technical information including informatory notes, international newsletters and publishes the International Journal of Refrigeration.  There is also a comprehensive on line shop and research database, FRIDOC.  The IRC was formed to ensure that the UK remains a member of this inter-governmental organisation.  

As a member of the IIR the UK is able to host influential international research conferences. Recent events held in the UK include the IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference, the IIR Cold Chain and Sustainability Conference and a new conference on HFO refrigerants being held in 2018.  

The IRC also offers its members annual half day briefing events on topical issues with international speakers held in the UK.  Recent topics have included heat pump market developments and progress towards achieving the 20-20-20 efficiency targets in the EU.


Services available for IRC members from the International Institute of Refrigeration


Latest Informatory Notes published (free access for IRC Members only)

  • 40th Informatory Note on Refrigeration Technologies, Solar Cooling. (2020)

  • 6th Informatory Note on Refrigeration and Food : The Role of Refrigeration in Worldwide nutrition (2020)

  • 39th Note on on Refrigerated Technologies - Whole body cryotherapy / cryostimulation.
  • 38th Note on Refrigerated Technologies - The Role of Refrigeration in the Global Economy (2019)

Informatory Notes on Refrigeration Technologies (Archives)

  •  37th Note Advances in Supermarket Refrigeration
  • 36th Note on Refrigeration Technologies - Summary for Policymakers
  • Flammable Refrigerants (December 2017)
  • 35th Note on Refrigeration Technologies - Summary for Policymakers - Annexes
  • The impact of the refrigeration sector on climate change (November 2017)
  • 34th Note: Solar Cooling (April 2017)
  • 33rd Note: Cogeneration/Trigeneration (January 2017)
  • 32nd Note: Harmonization of Life Cycle Climate Performance Methodology (October 2016)
  • 31st Note: Current long-term alternative refrigerants and their possible applications (April 2016)
  • 30th Note: Heat-Sensitive Health Products (January 2016)
  • 29th Note: The Role of Refrigeration in the Global Economy (November 2015)
  • 28th Note: Qualification and Certification of Refrigeration Technicians (September 2015)
  • 27th Note: Evaporative Cooling (January 2015)
  • 26th Note: Overview of Regulations Restricting HFC Use, Focus on the EU F-Gas Regulation (January 2015)
  • 25th Note: Refrigerant Charge Reduction in Refrigerating Systems (May 2014)


Diary of International Research Conferences 


Why Join the UK International Refrigeration Committee?


IRC membership provides access to the International Journal of Refrigeration, the FRIDOC database of technical papers, free IIR Informatory Notes,  IIR commission membership and newsletters as well as discounts at international events.

Membership fees are payable to the UK Institute of Refrigeration and help to support the UK's membership of the IIR.

For details of the range of activities that you can access through membership of the IRC please see the International Institute of Refrigeration website


Current Members of the IRC

  • Cambridge Refrigeration Technology
  • GEA
  • IOR
  • J&E Hall International
  • Koura Global 
  • Star Refrigeration Ltd
  • Individual members: Judith Evans, John Clark