The programme now been released for the conference featuring keynotes on policy, investment, innovation, opportunities and decarbonisation, case studies from Aldi, Star Refrigeration, Danfoss, City FM, A-Gas and debates on the role of standards as well as skills and leadership issues.

Tickets for the IOR Annual Conference on 1st December 2022 in Birmingham start at £99+VAT for IOR Members. This will be live in-person event.

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Fee includes a set of conference papers, participation in structured networking and debates, lunch and refreshments.



Welcome and Introduction, Brian Churchyard, chair of the conference planning group


  • 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 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


Session 2 – Case Studies

  • Benchmarking - lessons from cold store benchmarking (the good the bad and the ugly), Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration
  • Refrigerant lifecycle management - a key part of the solution, A-Gas
  • Transforming the value chain to help customers decarbonise,  Danfoss


Lunch and learn


Session 3:  People and skills matters: Plugging the skills gap

  • Leadership redefined, James Bailey, Omega Solutions 
  • Future skills in engineering services to deliver net zero
  • Followed by a hosted discussion with employers including Lisa Pogson from Airmaster, Debbie Gittoes from Arctic Circle and Mark Woods from Arcus FM. 


Session 4: Prioritising safety and mitigating risk

Supporting a successful transition toward a sustainable low carbon future

  • Debate and questions 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, Conference Chair.


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