Industry trade associations and professional bodies from across the globe have come together to establish June 26th, 2019, as World Refrigeration Day, which will be celebrated the world over as an annual event.

The entire world-wide industry is encouraged to take the opportunity to promote the significant role of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps in the well-being of mankind.

It is intended that World Refrigeration Day will serve as a means of raising awareness and understanding to the general public of the significant role that the industry and its technology play in modern life and society, with RACHP and HVACR organisations and professionals around the world undertaking a range of activities.

The term ‘refrigeration’ here is being 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 to human beings by means of air conditioning.  Similarly, heat pumps are devices that take heat from one source and move it to another location.

RACHP technologies and applications have evolved out of a human requirements for food, comfort and thermal processes, with a history dating back centuries, but it remains a long-standing 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 of the skills and knowledge employed on a daily basis by industry professionals.

Associations and societies from USA, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Africa and across Europe have all indicted their support for the establishment of the World Refrigeration Day.

How this 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.

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