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Is regulation stifling innovation?

IRC-logoUK: A half-day business briefing exploring the effect of market regulation on technology innovation is being held in London next month.

While increased regulation and performance standards are meant to encourage innovation and the development of green solutions, they can result in unintended restrictions on the latest and best new technologies as the market moves faster than the legislators.

This effect will be discussed at the special half-day event organised by the International Refrigeration Committee of the Institute of Refrigeration on April 9.

The event will review some of the key policy and regulatory developments affecting the RACHP sector. It will look at what can be done at a national level to ensure that international regulations have the right impact and how regulations can help to drive up energy efficiency. It will also explore the real consequence of refrigerant phase-out in terms of energy efficiency and market adaptations.

Speakers will include Lambert Kuijpers, co-chair of the Technical and Economic Assessments Panel (TEAP), Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat Pump Technical Options Committee (RTOC) of the UN Environment Programme, Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration, Dan Bibalou from the Carbon Trust, Dina Koepke, director of governmental affairs, at Emerson Climate Technologies and Chris Playford, engineering manager of Foster Refrigeration.

The briefing will take place at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, on April 9, starting at 12.30.

Corporate International Refrigeration Committee member organisations are able to send up to five delegate to the event free of charge. For non IRC members there is a registration fee of £125.00

To see details of the programme and to book a place visit

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