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Cold Chain the focus of World Refrigeration Day on 26 June 2020

The EPA will issue a plan on Tuesday for the phase-out of ozone-depleting chemicals commonly used in refrigeration, portable fire extinguishers, and metal cleaners. The new final rule updates the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent production and consumption schedule for hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which ran through 2019.

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As part of the 2020 celebrations for the World Refrigeration Day (WRD); ASHRAE, European Partnership for Energy and Environment (EPEE), the Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC), the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), UNEP OzonAction, and the WRD Secretariat are jointly raising the awareness about the importance of the Cold Chain sector and its vital role for food safety and security as well as human health. The joint Campaign is entitled: “COLD CHAIN 4 LIFE

The partners of the campaign have prepared a Celebration Kit of materials and useful references to assist National Ozone Units (NOUs), government entities, local/regional associations, and the industry to celebrate the 2020 WRD. The Celebration Kit includes:

  • Information Note
  • Ideas for celebrating (while respecting limitations presented by the global pandemic)
  • Infographic Brochure (in UN languages)
  • Poster (in UN languages)
  • Sticker (in UN languages)
  • Web-Ads (for posting an ‘advertisement’ for 2020 WRD on Web and Social Media)
  • Useful References (set of relevant technical documents)

All materials can be downloaded through:

An International Webinar under the same theme of ‘Cold Chain 4 Life’ is also planned for the 26 June 2020. The Webinar’s program will be released shortly

All groups with an interest in the cold chain are encouraged to use the opportunity of World Refrigeration Day to raise awareness and understanding of the significant role that the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry, and the associated science and technology play in modern life and society in a sound and responsible manners that are fully compliant with local regulations and aligned to necessary safety measures.