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IoR backs Global Cooling Pledge

UK: The Institute of Refrigeration has announced its support for the Global Cooling Pledge, the initiative signed by 63 governments at COP28 in Dubai, today.

The Global Cooling Pledge is a joint initiative between the United Arab Emirates as host of COP28 and the UNEP-led Cool Coalition. It commits signatories to transition towards achieving net zero emissions cooling by the year 2050.

IoR president Graeme Fox expressed enthusiasm for the Cooling Pledge, stating that it aligned with the IoR’s work with its Beyond Refrigeration working group promoting alternative cooling methods and heat recovery.

“The trustees are proud to be supporting this pledge and look forward to helping policymakers develop meaningful and workable initiatives as we collectively strive to achieve the ambitious targets,” he said.

Through its Beyond Refrigeration working group, the IoR has already developed a comprehensive series of templates and roadmaps. These resources aim to assist individuals working in the cooling industry and end users developing net zero cooling strategies. Access to the resources is free to download at

In addition, the IoR is actively participating in the UK’s government-backed Net Zero Refrigeration Project (TICR). This initiative focuses on analysing real energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions within the transport, industrial, and commercial refrigeration sectors in the UK. 

The goal of TICR is to formulate a comprehensive decarbonisation strategy and policy for the cooling sector together with user guides, technology roadmaps and benchmarks. 

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