Beyond Refrigeration Policy Papers


The Policy Papers below are being prepared to support users of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technologies to achieve carbon reduction through effective policy implementation, financial incentives, and emissions monitoring.

Our objective is to provide policymakers with 

  • expert advice from Institute of Refrigeration professionals on effective solutions to aid the move to Net Zero
  • the information needed to ensure that policy decisions take into account the interrelation of heating and cooling needs
  • realistic and achievable opportunities, solutions, targets and goals for users in this sector
  • the necessary depth of understanding of total life cycle and sustainable operation
  • advice for non-technical specialists responsible for high-level Net Zero strategies within BEIS and DEFRA / DFE.


Each paper covers a different topic related to the critical issues and ambitions identified in the Beyond Refrigeration Template.  Additional Policy Papers on key aspects highlighted in the template will be added here in due course covering topics such as Energy policy, Financial incentives for purchasing efficient equipment, Codes & Standards.  


Paper 1 - Heating and Cooling (Download Latest Version - Nov 2021)  Policy options to support reducing the need for heating and cooling, achieving the best system performance, using best available technology, balancing heating and cooling needs, whole system sustainability and intelligent energy use.


Paper 2 - Developing the best people and skills  (Download Latest Version - Nov 2021)  Policy options to support the necessary change by all persons involved in using, designing, installing, servicing, maintaining, commissioning and decommissioning of heating and cooling in order to have a long term and lasting impact on achieving Net Zero through long term investment in people and skills.


Paper 3 - Refrigerant Selection (Download Latest Version - Feb 2022) To support Net Zero commitments equipment designers, purchasers, owners and operators should select a refrigerant with the lowest GWP possible - provided that this doesn’t compromise efficiency.  This guidance note outlines how regulation, legislation and incentives are needed to support this. There is no “ideal” refrigerant – the different fluids have properties that affect the environment including global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, flammability, high pressure, toxicity, dangers of chemical breakdown etc. 


Paper 4 - Refrigerant Management Strategies (Download Latest Version - July 2022)  Refrigerants are an essential working fluid for all mechanical cooling and many heat pump-based systems.  This Policy Brief focuses on taking strategic approach to managing the refrigerant in use to reduce environmental impact both direct through leakage during use or at end of life, and indirect through increased energy use of systems running inefficiently whether due to leakage of refrigerant or suboptimal system design.


Coming soon...

Heat Zoning and Heat Networks

The Circular Economy