FEA supports World Refrigeration Day 2022

World Refrigeration Day, June 26, is 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.

Refrigeration is at the very heart of modern life. More than 15 million people are employed worldwide in the refrigeration sector. The total number of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump systems in operation worldwide is around 5 billion. Those systems provide the conditions we require for health, comfort, worker productivity, manufacturing, and essential environments for food, pharmaceuticals, and digital data. Dedicated professionals design, build, maintain, and regulate them as well as educate a new generation of practitioners.

Opportunities within the industry abound for young people with a wide range of career aspirations. Advanced cooling technologies need to be implemented in order to expand life required environmental conditions while meeting sustainability requirements of international climate and ozone protection accords. A new generation of cooling champions – engineers, technicians, researchers, educators, policy experts and executives – are needed to create controlled environments modern live requires. The benefits of reaching into a wide diversity of communities for promising talent will be a high campaign priority.

Background to the importance of refrigeration

  • Bacteria exist everywhere in nature. In favorable temperatures, they grow rapidly, increasing in numbers to the point where some types of bacteria found in food can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 4.4 and 60 °C (40 and 140 °F), the "Danger Zone," some doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. Cooling provided by refrigerators in our homes and restaurants slows bacterial growth.
  • Freezing allows fruits and vegetables to be picked at peak ripeness, often frozen within hours, locking in nutrients and flavor.
  • Cooling reduces one of the largest contributors to climate instability, the emission of greenhouse gases from food that is lost due to spoilage and waste. Reducing food loss would both feed greater numbers of undernourished while advancing climate stability.
  • At a time when each day we increasingly exceed our planetary boundaries, and agriculture produces about a quarter of global greenhouse emissions, feeding ten billion people in 2050 will require a new paradigm. Cooling is essential.
  • A sustainable cold food cold chain will be an economic, social and environmental net-positive. Opportunities exist at each stage in the supply chain: Food loss prevention or the pre-consumer stage of the food cold chain, equipment enhancement, and food waste prevention which is the post-consumer stage.

You can keep up-to-date with World Refrigeration Day by following @worldrefday

#WorldRefrigerationDay #CoolingChampions #ColdChain4Life

Do you own or operate within a refrigeration business?

If you are an FEA member and operate within the refrigeration equipment sector then we would like to invite you to take part in our Refrigeration Product Group Forum. The forum comprises of FEA members in the refrigeration sector and agendas focus the latest regulatory developments and issues facing the market.

Additionally, if you are not and FEA member and would like to be part of the UK's leading foodservice equipment association then please speak to a member of the team about membership options.

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