IJR Editorial: World Refrigeration Day 2020

Editorial of Didier Coulomb, Director General of the IIR, published in volume 113 of the International Journal of Refrigeration (IJR) in May 2020.

On June 26, 2019, day of the anniversary of the birth of Lord Kelvin, one of the refrigeration pioneers who gave his name to the temperature unit, the first "Word Refrigeration Day" was celebrated.


Many countries in Europe, America, Africa, Australia have organised various types of events: open days of refrigeration installations, publication of documents, seminars and press conferences, exhibitions...

Given the interest these events aroused in these countries and others, we have decided, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Organisation (UN Environment), ASHRAE, EPEE and with the support of an organisation created to organise these events, World Refrigeration Day (WRD), to celebrate these days each year, but each time choosing a specific theme. As refrigeration is present in many fields, generally poorly known, it is important to focus on its uses in greater depth.


In 2020, the theme of the cold chain has been selected. This is a topical issue, given the declaration of the United Nations in Rome in November 2019.


This is of course a fundamental challenge for global food security and human health. It is also, plainly, the oldest and most important use of refrigeration.


World Refrigeration Day 2020 will be an opportunity to highlight recent IIR publications: new Informatory Note on The Role of Refrigeration in Worldwide Nutrition (English and French); cold chain technology briefs in English, French and Spanish. Communication supports designed for the 2020 event will also be available (video ...), as far as possible in different languages. We have requested our delegates and the national refrigeration associations in each country, to join us in our efforts to make this day a new stage in the promotion of refrigeration, within the framework of sustainable development.


We are also counting on all of you to amplify these efforts!


Didier Coulomb, Director General of the IIR

doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2020.03.010

See volume 113 of the IJR in FRIDOC