IIR conference

COP28 IIR workshop - Empowering youths in cooling and building of local skills

The refrigeration sector is fast expanding. We require more and more equipment and applications, and therefore we need an increasing number of qualified people all over the world in the sector. It is vital to make the importance of the refrigeration and building industry more visible to the general public, and particularly to the younger generation, helping to ensure a brighter and sustainable future. 


Date: Friday 8 December 2023 

Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Montreal Protocol Advancing Climate Action pavilion, Building 88, number 15 (Dubai - United Arab Emirates )


You can stream the workshop live on OzonAction's social network:  






Moderator: Didier Coulomb, IIR


Presentation 1: The power of networking – the learnings from CaRe events & Fantastic fridges (10 min) 

Catarina Marques, London South Bank  

  • Ina Colombo (IIR)

Presentation 2: How is industry attracting and retaining young people in Europe (7 min) 

  • Andrea Voigt (Danfoss)

Presentation 3: Renewable energy and energy efficiency – training a new generation in West Africa (7 min) 

  • Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE)

Presentation 4: Increasing representation within engineering (7 min) 

  • Nike Folayan (Association for BME Engineers)

Presentation 5: UNEP training initiatives around the world / Middle East (7 min) 

  • Sonja Wagner (UNEP / CoolUp)
  • Riadh Bhar (Guidehouse / CoolUp)

Presentation 6: Fit for the Future: Qualification programmes for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians (7 min) 

  • Philipp Denzinger (GIZ)

Q&A session: 15 min  



  • Date : December 08, 2023
  • Location : Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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