At a session held during the 2022 AHR Expo in Las Vegas, World Refrigeration Day founder Steve Gill announced the theme for 2022: Cooling matters.

Held annually on June 26 – the birthday of Lord Kelvin – World Refrigeration Day is an international initiative that raises awareness of the benefits of cooling. It also aims to inspire development and adoption of innovative and sustainable cooling solutions by the public, governments, industry, and practitioners for the wellbeing of future generations.

“Our objective is to make the public aware of cooling’s essential benefits, how cooling impacts daily life, and how technology choices foster (the) environmental well-being of future generations,” says Gill.

“Cooling is at the very heart of modern life. It enables people to live and work comfortably, it saves lives, it enables people to achieve. The need for cooling is everywhere, it touches lives in fantastic, though often unnoticed ways. However we look at it, cooling matters to us.”

According to the World Refrigeration Day secretariat, there is still significant lack of public understanding of cooling’s importance, even though issues such as refrigerant transition, emissions reduction, and maximising energy efficiency have been addressed for decades by governments.

“The public can make choices that minimise environmental impacts when they select, operate and maintain cooling equipment,” Gill explains.

World Refrigeration Day intends to highlight the importance of these choices in different areas, including residential air conditioning, maintenance and operation of commercial HVAC, and the cold chain.

“Cooling Matters will tell the story of how our wellbeing depends upon cooling and how cooling technology choices can safeguard the well-being of future generations,” Gill says. “We encourage the whole refrigeration and air conditioning industry to join us in celebrating World Refrigeration Day 2022. Join the global community conversation using the hashtags #coolingmatters and #WREFD22.”

For more information, visit www.worldrefrigerationday.org


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