Industry trade associations and professional bodies around the globe are united in establishing June 26 as World Refrigeration Day, which will be celebrated from 2019 as an annual event.
It aims to raise awareness and understanding amongst the general public of the significant role that the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps industry and technology play in modern life and society.
The announcement follows the personal crusade of well-known industry figure Steve Gill for over a decade. Although he admits 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.
He 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.”
The term ‘refrigeration’ is used in its widest sense as the process of achieving and maintaining a required temperature below that of its surroundings. An example of refrigeration is the preservation and distribution of perishable food products. Refrigeration systems are also used extensively for providing thermal comfort by means of air conditioning, while heat pumps take heat from one source and move it to another location.
Refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump technologies and applications have evolved out of a human need for food, comfort and thermal processes, with a history dating back centuries. However, it remains a longstanding frustration for those working within the industry that it is not widely recognised that modern life could not exist without it, nor is there any appreciation by wider society for the skills and knowledge employed on a daily basis by industry professionals.
Graeme Fox, Head of REFCOM, said: “REFCOM are proud to have supported the inaugural World RACHP Day on June 26, 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, recently elected as the President of the European contractors’ association AREA, said: “AREA supports the establishment of World Refrigeration Day on 26 June. Such a celebration is an acknowledgement 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 of the 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 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.”
How the date will be marked in 2019 in the UK and elsewhere is yet to be determined. The various groups are in discussion and details of planned events will be issued in due course.
A website is under construction and intended to be ready by September at www.worldrefrigerationday.org. Until then, events and updates may be found through Twitter @worldrefday
Any organisation or individual wishing to support World Refrigeration Day can contact firstname.lastname@example.org