• The world relies on temperature-controlled environments.
    The world relies on temperature-controlled environments.

The theme for this year’s World Refrigeration Day is Temperature Matters.

World Refrigeration Day celebrates the people and technologies responsible for creating and maintaining the world we live in, a world dependent upon temperature-controlled environments.

This theme underscores the profound impact of the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump industry on indoor environmental quality, extending beyond mere cooling and heating.

Centred around 26 June, the event is supported globally by industry, professional groups, scientific and engineering associations, as well as by governments and individuals.

This date in 2024 also marks the bicentenaryof Lord Kelvin, a pioneer in thermodynamics, known for the absolute temperature scale.

The theme 'Temperature Matters' pays homage to his legacy, highlighting the essential role temperature regulation plays in society.

By exploring thermodynamics, WRefD 2024 will emphasise the importance of efficient temperature control in sustainable development, human comfort, and environmental protection amidst growing energy demands and climate change.

The chosen theme showcases the industry's technical expertise in providing cooled and heated environments, emphasising the significance of temperature control in daily life applications.

Lord Kelvin’s work has paved the way for heat pump technologies, central to low-carbon heating strategies. These technologies illustrate the application of refrigeration principles to heating, demonstrating the industry's critical role in global decarbonisation efforts.

The 2024 theme will highlight the sector's role in maintaining food and medicine supply chains, effective and sustainable heating, and creating healthier, comfortable environments with cleaner air.

WRefD founder Stephen Gill said this year’s event will feature global initiatives aimed at educating the public on the various applications of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heat pumps.

“The Temperature Matters theme ensures a broad focus, capturing global attention and discussing the sector's wide-scale significance,” he said.

“It also allows people worldwide to address local issues and target audiences.

“By focusing on a universal theme, WRefD 2024 aims to foster global recognition and discussion about the sector’s wide-ranging impact.”

Gill said temperature control is crucial not only for comfort and health but also for preserving food, medicines, and industrial processes.

“Temperature can mean the difference between life and death; temperature matters – absolutely,” he said.

To learn more about World Refrigeration Day “Cooling Matters,” visit www.worldrefrigerationday.org or contact info@worldrefrigerationday.org