Professor Ian Arbon has been named a keynote speaker for the Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) Annual Conference – the Journey to Net Zero Heating and Cooling – Beyond Refrigeration 2021. The conference is slated to run over April 21–22.
A Fellow of IMechE, Arbon boasts a long history in spearheading the Institution’s work in sustainable development. He currently runs Engineered Solutions, a sustainable engineering and management consultancy.
Arbon’s presentation will be based on the “energy hierarchy”, which provides an alternative approach to the challenge of achieving net zero. The approach prioritises energy demand reduction when developing a plan for a sustainable energy policy. It highlights the need to challenge why we need to use energy in the first place, and how we can reduce or even eliminate demand.
“The event will be online,” the IOR says, “and feature a program packed with papers that demonstrate how the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector is responding to the challenge of net zero heating and cooling.”
Conference attendees will be able to sample keynote papers from experts in the field of environmental policy development and global heating and cooling initiatives, and workshops on leakage reduction and low-GWP refrigerant options.
The themes covered during the two days will include combining/balancing heating and cooling demand, using energy intelligently, making use of the best available technology, reducing the need for mechanical cooling, achieving best system performance, developing the best people and skills, and working together.