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Temperature Matters is WRefD theme

UK: This year’s World Refrigeration Day on June 26 takes the theme Temperature Matters, underscoring the impact of the industry beyond mere cooling and heating.

Coinciding with the bicentenary of the birth Lord Kelvin, the thermodynamics pioneer known for the absolute temperature scale, the theme also pays homage to his legacy. 

This year’s campaign will spotlight the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump industry’s broader contributions. It will highlight the sector’s role in maintaining food and medicine supply chains, effective and sustainable heating, and creating healthier, comfortable environments with cleaner air.

In addition, by exploring thermodynamics, WRefD 2024 will emphasise the importance of efficient temperature control in sustainable development, human comfort, and environmental protection amidst growing energy demands and climate change.

Announcing this year’s theme, Stephen Gill remarked, “Temperature control is crucial not only for comfort and health but also for preserving food, medicines, and industrial processes. Temperature can mean the difference between life and death; temperature matters – absolutely.

“This broad theme allows people worldwide to address local issues and target audiences. By focusing on a universal theme, WRefD 2024 aims to foster global recognition and discussion about the sector’s wide-ranging impact.”

Gill insists that the theme will also promote career opportunities in the HVACR sector, urging schools and colleges to explore diverse and impactful industry roles.

World Refrigeration Day was founded in 2019 as an international initiative that raises awareness of cooling’s benefits and inspires development and adoption of innovative and sustainable cooling solutions by the public, governments, industry, and practitioners for the wellbeing of future generations. Centred around June 26, the event is supported globally by industry, professional groups, scientific and engineering associations, as well as by governments and individuals.

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