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IIR releases blueprint for sustainable development

The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has published its first Activity Report,  emphasising the essential role of refrigeration at the heart of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.

Originally announced in 2015, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to provide clear universal sustainability objectives for nations across the globe.

The SDGs are considered a blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

“Naturally, global sustainability cannot be achieved without refrigeration, as it is present in most past, present, and future areas of human activity,” the IIR says. “It is absolutely necessary for life, and accounts for nearly 20 per cent of the world’s electricity; a figure that is constantly increasing.

“The IIR is the only international organisation covering all refrigeration uses and technologies such as refrigeration for food and health, air conditioning, cryogenics, heat pumps or heat recovery,” the IIR claims. “Its purpose is to disseminate information, contribute to the intensification of scientific and technical exchanges, and encourage research and development towards sustainability in this sector.”

Aligned with the institute’s ethos of “Refrigeration for sustainable development”, the Activity Report 2020 provides an overview on how the IIR’s work is linked to the SDGs.

“The report details how the IIR has clearly set its strategy and actions within the framework of the sustainable development of the refrigeration sector,” the IIR says of the Activity Report. “In concrete terms, this has resulted in new agreements with various international bodies and the drafting of documents of general interest to promote the role of refrigeration in this perspective.”

The IIR Activity Report groups the actions of the IIR according to the following SDGs:

Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender equality

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 13: Climate action

Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the goal

For more information on the IIR Activity Report 2020, click here.

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