In line with its corporate objective to promote knowledge of refrigeration and associated technologies and applications on a global scale, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has published a new Informatory Note on “The Impact of the Refrigeration Sector on Climate Change”.

The 35th IIR Informatory Note reviews existing data to estimate past greenhouse gas emissions generated by refrigeration systems and make projections for the future.

The refrigeration sector is responsible for 7.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, almost two thirds of which are generated by the electricity used by refrigeration systems.

This presents two main challenges: reducing refrigerant emissions in accordance with the application of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which enters in force January 1, 2019, and making equipment more energy efficient while developing the use of renewable energy.

In this respect, the Note puts forward future priority developmental axes and provides a series of recommendations with the aim of supporting efforts at national and international levels to implement the appropriate measures in order to fulfil global commitments.

Designed to meet the needs of policymakers worldwide, a complementary Summary Sheet outlining the key issues identified in the full version of the 35th IIR Informatory Note is also available.

Previous Notes by the IIR have covered: Food quality and safety from farm to consumer; Comfort in homes and commercial buildings; and Energy efficiency.

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