Refrigeration drives sustainable development: state of the art. Report card.

Type of article: Periodical article


This report card of the achievements and challenges, prepared by the IIR jointly with UNEP, is not only impressive but an inspiring saga of the modern age. The refrigeration industry is an indicator of the development of the country. Employing 2 million people worldwide, the refrigeration industry has made a monumental contribution to improving health and life expectancy of the Earth's citizens. The annual sale of 200 billion USD of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment tells only one side of the story. The other side is the continued reduction of emission of refrigerants and energy consumption. Side improvements are clearly demonstrated through technology evolution in this sector. The elimination of ozone-depleting refrigerants and reducing climate change impacts are unprecedented successes to protect the stratospheric ozone layer and the global climate system. This report card also highlights emerging areas, for example natural refrigerants, further energy efficiency improvements, developments in making the supply chain more efficient, in-kind efforts to adapt building architecture to reduce the need of air conditioning, magnetic and absorption solar refrigeration, and so on. Developing countries with their globalizing economies are being mainstreamed in the development process. The refrigeration industry will continue to expand and technologically upgrade.

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