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Institute of Refrigeration proposes path to net zero

The Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) is calling for consultation on two policy papers that address key aspects to support users of HVAC&R technologies in the pathway to net zero emissions.

The papers are published by Beyond Refrigeration, an initiative of the IoR that addresses climate change issues and provides a framework for technical leadership.

The two papers include a “Heating and Cooling” policy brief, and a policy on “Developing the Best People and Skills”.

The “Heating and Cooling” paper highlights seven major themes that need to be addressed:

  • Reducing the need for mechanical heating and cooling
  • Achieving best system performance
  • Balancing heating and cooling
  • Making use of best available technology
  • Using energy intelligently
  • Developing the best people and skills
  • Whole system sustainability, and more.

The “Developing the Best People and Skills” brief explores policy options to support the necessary change by all involved in using, designing, installing, servicing, maintaining, commissioning, and decommissioning of heating and cooling.

IoR Chief Executive Miriam Rodway says the IoR’s remit is to promote the advancement of cooling technology for the public benefit – and addressing environmental issues are critical to this.

“The Beyond Refrigeration template sets ambitious targets and shows that we believe that the net zero aspiration is possible for our sector – if we work together,” she says. 

“In developing the template and the draft policy briefs we invite everyone to consider how they will engage in the journey to achieve net zero for our sector.”

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