01 June 2023
World Refrigeration Day has identified the next generation of cooling as its theme for 2023.
Centred around June 26, World Refrigeration Day celebrates the people and technologies responsible for creating and maintaining the world we live in, a world dependent upon temperature-controlled environments. The event is supported globally by industry, professional groups, scientific and engineering associations, as well as by governments and individuals.
The WRD 23 campaign, Next Generation Cooling, will focus on the future of cooling technology, the industry, the people working within it, and those that benefit from cooling. Building upon last year’s theme, Cooling Matters, this year’s campaign will look forward with the aim of raising awareness of how the modern cooling industry is adapting and evolving to meet the challenges and opportunities the sector faces providing the increasing demand for low carbon cooling and heating solutions in a warming climate.
Next generation cooling is important because it can help reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of cooling systems, which are becoming more widely used as the world gets hotter and more humid. For example, according to the International Energy Agency, air conditioners account for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings around the world today, and their use is set to soar over the next three decades, becoming one of the top drivers of global electricity demand.
Supporting next generation cooling solutions is of course the workforce; the people working within the sector. “As an industry, we need to recruit, train and retain people equipped with the knowledge and skills that a modern, forward-thinking industry requires,” said Stephen Gill, founder of World Refrigeration Day.
“Just as no-one will expect the cooling solutions we supply in the future to be the same as those from the past, no-one should expect the workforce to be the same either. This year’s campaign is an opportunity to showcase what we are doing now to ensure we have the diverse, highly skilled workforce that our future industry needs.”
Organisers are encouraging the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sectors to celebrate World Refrigeration Day 2023 and become part of the global conversation using the hashtags #NextGenCooling and #WREFD23.