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Australia’s HVACR industry will join their counterparts around the globe to celebrate World Refrigeration Day (WRD) on 26 June, 2021.

This is an international event that aims to raise awareness about the role of refrigeration and air conditioning in supporting modern life and society.

Technicians, industry groups, engineers, wholesalers, suppliers, everyone takes part in the celebrations.

This year a series of webinars focusing on the cool careers that make the world a better place are being held throughout the month of June as part of WRD celebrations.

The World Refrigeration Day secretariat has partnered with seven organizations to make students and young professionals globally aware of career opportunities in fields relying on refrigeration technology.

It will cover food preservation, how vaccines and medicines can be shipped around the world and how our industry enables data centres to function.

The webinars will examine how climate change can be stabilized while not sacrificing modern convenience? Who safely manages the processes that enable air to be cooled? How can the quality of indoor air be improved, and disease transmission prevented? 

These are all issues managed by our industry – cooling champions. They have careers that make modern life possible and provide a diverse range of employment opportunities. All of these cool careers will be covered in the webinars over two weeks in June.

Organized as part of WRD’s 2021 campaign theme “Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World,” the webinars will be conducted by groups whose networks reach into developed and developing nations.

Campaign partners are United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) OzonAction, ASHRAE which is an industry with 57,000 members, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), Federation of Ibero-American Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associations (FAIAR), International Institute of Refrigeration  (IIR), Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) and the Pan-African Union of Associations of African Actors in Refrigeration and air-Conditioning (U-3ARC).

The objective is to inspire students and those early in their career path to join the more than 15 million people worldwide currently employed in the refrigeration sector, making the world better.

WRD organiser, Steve Gill, said partnering with these organizations enables the refrigeration industry to reach out globally, with particular emphasis on developing countries, to expand the workforce that supports life-giving and society-dependent technologies.

“Opportunities within the industry abound for young people with a wide range of career aspirations,” he said.

“Advanced cooling technologies provide them with a profession that improves life in their communities and in the world as a whole.”

Each campaign partner will target career opportunities with webinars in the language common within that network. Special emphasis will be given to sectors that are commonly less known like Cold Chain, Refrigerant Management, Indoor Air-Quality, Sustainability, Heat Pumps, and Not-in-Kind Technologies.

Gender equality and promoting women in cooling careers will be highlighted in this year’s campaign as well. The schedule of webinars and topics are available at www.worldrefrigerationday.org.

Refrigeration is at the very heart of modern life. Some 15 million people are employed worldwide in the refrigeration sector. The total number of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump systems in operation worldwide is around five billion.

Those systems provide the conditions we require for health, comfort, worker productivity, manufacturing, and essential environments for food, pharmaceuticals, and digital data.

 

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