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The international Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and UNEP OzonAction have launched the first global survey on women in HVAC&R.

“In recent years, the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps sector has been paying increasing attention to the importance of gender mainstreaming and providing equal opportunities for both women and men,” says IIR Director General Didier Coulomb.

“This parallels discussion by governments, organisations and civil society about how to further contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.”

The survey aims to gather baseline information and build a better understanding on the background, motivation, challenges, and opportunities faced by women working in the HVAC&R sector on different continents. The results will help develop programs and activities to fill in gaps and overcome obstacles towards greater participation of women in the industry.

“If you work in this sector, sharing your experience will raise awareness of careers and opportunities and will inspire a new generation of women to follow in your footsteps,” says Coulomb.

The survey follows on from a UNEP project in 2019, which presented stories of women around the world working in HVAC&R. It is supported by several partners, including AIRAH in Australia.

Responses will be collected until January 31, 2022. To complete the survey, click here.

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