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Women in the cold chain industry.

Author(s) : COLOMBO I., MARQUES C., EVANS J., et al.


The refrigeration industry plays a major and increasing role in today’s global economy, with significant contributions made in food, health, energy and environmental domains which policy makers need to better understand and take into account. The need for engineering and technical staff is currently increasing due to the growing demand for refrigerating capacities, along with the unique skills required of refrigeration-related professions in the field of energy and environment. Women are still significantly and visibly under-represented in the refrigeration industry. The purpose of this paper demonstrates the current preliminary state-of-the-art of women in the refrigeration field collected from the national refrigeration institutions and associations. Incentive actions proposed are the outcomes of the first meeting of the IIR Women in Refrigeration workshop during ICR2015 in Yokohama, Japan.

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  • Original title: Women in the cold chain industry.
  • Record ID : 30017505
  • Languages: English
  • Subject: Figures, economy
  • Source: 4th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain. Proceedings: Auckland, New Zealand, April 7-9, 2016.
  • Publication date: 2016/04/07
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18462/iir.iccc.2016.0003
  • Notes:

    CORRIGENDUM: There could be an error of the percentage of women membership for Romania of the IIR survey. The percentage of women registered after 2015 is about 20%, compared to the data reported for the year 2015 and used in the article which is more than 33%.


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