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HVAC&R the hero at WRD21

To celebrate World Refrigeration Day on June 26, organisers of the event have scheduled a series of 16 webinars to explore career paths in the HVAC&R industry.

The theme for WRD21 is “Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World”. Tying in with this, the webinars will describe trends and opportunities in the technologies that deliver comfort, support the cold chain that provides food and life-saving vaccines, and can also help lead us to a more sustainable future. The webinars will run for just over a week, from June 21–29.

“Refrigeration is at the very heart of modern life,” says Steve Gill, the head of the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat. “More than 15 million people are employed worldwide in the refrigeration sector. The webinars will celebrate the contributions of these dedicated professionals in the design, construction, maintenance, and regulation of controlled environments and will help us to attract a new generation of cooling champions.”

Careers in a wide range of applications and disciplines will be included. The webinars are organised by WRD21’s campaign partners: UNEP OzonAction, ASHRAE, EPEE, FAIAR, IIR, ISHRAE, and U-3ARC. The webinars are free, and will be presented in the language selected by the campaign partner. Registration details will be found at on the websites of the partners as soon as confirmed.

Other organisations will be planning their own activities and celebrations amid another COVID-interrupted year. Last year, the EPEE gave a great example of what can be achieved online by producing a video as part of its Count On Cooling campaign.

The video takes a vox pop approach to reveal what ordinary people in Europe know – and don’t know – about cooling, by asking them some basic questions about how it affects their lives and the world. The answers are both surprising, and unsurprising. The responses show that HVAC&R remains a hidden hero.

For the latest information on World Refrigeration Day 2021, click here.

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