UK/BELGIUM: The UK’s Institute of Refrigeration and Brussels-based European association Eurovent have joined the Cool Coalition, the global initiative to promote access to efficient, climate-friendly cooling.
The two organisations join a network of more than 100 partners seeking to help achieve better standards and regulations across the globe in support of the Coalition’s objectives.
Launched in 2019, the Cool Coalition is a global effort led by UN Environment, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
Cool Coalition members are collaborating on science, policy, finance, and technology to meet growing demands for cooling in the context of rising climate ambition. It brings together governments, cities, international organisations, businesses, finance, academia, and civil society groups, engaged in knowledge exchange, advocacy, and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling.
The Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) says its work as part of its membership of the Coalition will be focused through its Beyond Refrigeration initiative. This involves preparing a template which provides a step-by-step approach to help end-users of all sizes to review where they are now and what they need to do to start making changes that will lead them towards net zero aspirations.
It is hoped that the template will also provide a useful tool for discussions of manufacturers or suppliers with their customers, for the development of technical guidance by the IoR and for policymakers to help support the industry.
IoR president Mike Creamer commented “The Institute of Refrigeration brings together a huge number of technical experts, with the high-level knowledge and practical experience that will enable us to progressively address the global challenge of achieving net zero heating and cooling.”
He added: “We are committed to supporting all of those involved, including end-users, designers, consultants and the suppliers of heating and cooling technologies, to attain the best efficiency from existing equipment and simultaneously, achieving innovation through the application of new technologies. We are also developing guidance for the adoption of low carbon business management practices. Our alliance with the Cool Coalition and applying our Beyond Refrigeration – Journey to Net Zero template is a great step forward on our journey toward net zero.”
Seeking to actively cooperate with other Cool Coalition members, Eurovent secretary general Felix Van Eyken said: “Eurovent has long been involved in the development of better standards and regulations at European level, strongly supporting energy efficiency measures and the transition to low-GWP refrigerants.”
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