Refrigeration workforce tops 15 million

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Published: 17 July 2019


More than 15 million people are employed worldwide in the refrigeration sector, according to a new publication to mark the recent World Refrigeration Day.

The International Institute of Refrigeration published a new informatory note to highlight The Role of Refrigeration in the Global Economy and also said that refrigeration, in all its forms, consumes about 20% of the overall electricity used worldwide. 
The IIR estimates that the total number of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems in operation worldwide is roughly 5 billion, with global annual sales amounting to approximately $US500 billion.
 
An update of a first version published by the IIR in November 2015, this 38th Informatory Note summarises basic data illustrating size and reach of the refrigeration sector and its importance for mankind. It aims to raise policy makers’ awareness on the growing importance of refrigeration in order to further encourage its development in a sustainable manner, particularly in the least developed countries.
 
An extract can be downloaded from the IIR website. IIR members can download the full version  by logging in first.