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World Refrigeration Day announced as June 26

Purpose of the day is “To raise awareness of how refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat-pumps (RACHP) technology improves modern life and promote the significant contribution to the well-being of human society of today’s RACHP industry”, organising body says

| | Jul 5, 2018 | 4:49 pm
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Nottingham, United Kingdom, 5 July 2018: World Refrigeration Day has been announced as June 26, World Refrigeration Day.Org, said in a Press communiqué.

World Refrigeration Day

According to World Refrigeration Day.Org, World Refrigeration Day will be celebrated all over the globe as an annual event, in the future. It is intended that World Refrigeration Day will serve as a means of raising awareness and understanding to the general public of the significant role that the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps industry and technology play in modern life and society, with RACHP and HVACR organisations and professionals around the world undertaking a range of activities, the communiqué said.

Commenting on the announcement, Graeme Fox, Head, REFCOM, said: “REFCOM are proud to have supported the inaugural World RACHP Day on June 26th, in recognition and celebration of the contribution the sector makes towards protecting the food supply chain, lifesaving and comfort cooling, process cooling, and sustainable renewable heating technologies. Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps impact on almost every aspect of modern society and yet is often the hidden technology that nobody thinks about until something goes wrong, so it is right that we acknowledge this contribution with a special day in the calendar year.”

Marco Buoni, President, AREA, (European contractors’ association), said: “AREA supports the establishment of World Refrigeration Day on 26th June. Such a celebration is an acknowledgment of the role for our society played by refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps whether related to health, food or comfort. RACHP contractors represented by AREA are proud to contribute to achieving such noble purposes.”

Miriam Rodway, CEO, Institute of Refrigeration, said: “The IOR is a proud supporter of World Refrigeration Day as an initiative to raise the profile of the important contribution that refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life – from medical, to food supply and farming, process engineering to data and IT – refrigeration technologies are essential and yet go widely unrecognised. Bringing together the world’s community to celebrate our success and achievements is very much part of the IOR’s role to promote the advancement of refrigeration technologies, and we look forward to working more closely with everyone supporting this great campaign”

According to World Refrigeration Day.Org, the establishing of a World Refrigeration Day has been the personal crusade of industry figure Steve Gill for over a decade. Although he will be the first to admit that the idea of an industry day may not be new, the gaining of a consensus for a fixed date from organisations and individuals from around the world certainly is, the communiqué said.

Steve Gill said: “Refrigeration has such a long and fascinating history full of inventors, engineering pioneers, scientists, and industrial entrepreneurs from around the world all of whom deserve to be recognised and remembered for their valuable contribution. With such a long and rich history, agreeing upon a date has proven to be challenging even at a national level, let alone an international one. However, the industry is united in its desire to raise its profile to the general public for all the right reasons and so we were able to build solidarity upon many common goals and finally agree on a date.”

According to World Refrigeration Day.Org, a website is currently under construction and is intended to be ready by September, at: www.worldrefrigerationday.org. Until then, events and updates may be found through twitter@worldrefday, the communiqué said.

The communiqué said how this date will be marked in 2019 in the UK and elsewhere is yet to be determined; however the various groups are in discussion and details of planned events will be issued in due course.

According to World Refrigeration Day.Org, any organisation or individual wishing to support World Refrigeration Day can contact: steve@worldrefrigerationday.org.

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