IIR partnership in two new EU-funded projects: SophiA and ENOUGH

In October, the IIR participated in two kick-off meetings of newly granted European projects SophiA and ENOUGH, which officially started on October 1, 2021. Both projects are funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 

SophiA “Sustainable Off-grid solutions for Pharmacies and Hospitals In Africa”  


This research project aims to develop sustainable and energy-autonomous refrigeration and water container systems for African hospitals.



On 12 and 13 October 2021, the 13 consortium project partners met at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) for the official start of project. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of the project framework and objective as well as partners’ presentations. The second day was devoted to workshops led by work packages’ leaders.



Read the first SophiA press release




The European ENOUGH project aims to reduce GHG emissions in the EU by at least 50% by 2050 in EU compared to 1990 values, by implementing a zero-carbon food chain strategy. 


On Monday October 18, 2021, the 28 partners of the European project "ENOUGH" attended the official online kick-off meeting, where partners were introduced and the main objectives and expected outcomes of the project were presented. The work plan was also outlined.  


Read the first ENOUGH press release   See the website


In both projects, the IIR is the main Work Package Leader in Communication and Dissemination but is also involved in other relevant activities within the consortium.  

It should be stated that those projects are aligned with other actions in which the IIR is involved: general conferences and informatory notes dedicated to food refrigeration; actions for developing countries (joint publications with FAO and UNEP projects, ongoing projects with the World Bank); European projects of similar scope (FRISBEE, Cool Save…). The cold chain is a worldwide priority. Each region and country must define an appropriate strategy to both improve food safety and nutrition according to their needs and reduce the carbon footprint of the food supply chain. The IIR and its worldwide network will always be committed to this task.  

To find out more about the IIR’s involvement in SophiA and ENOUGH and about these projects, please visit the webpage dedicated to the projects.