Refrigeration 2020 seeks innovation and inspiration for latest iteration

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Since it began in 2011, AIRAH’s refrigeration conference has steadily grown into the industry’s annual meeting place. The conference committee is now calling for speakers for the 2020 event, expected to be the most comprehensive yet.

The Refrigeration 2020 Conference is slated for Melbourne from March 23–24, 2020. Adding to the occasion’s importance, the conference will form part of the Institute’s 2020 centenary celebrations.

“Our milestone is a chance for us to celebrate bringing up the ton, to pay tribute to the big developments and important people over the past 100 years, and to look forward to the next 100 years,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “Refrigeration 2020 will have all of the usual conversation and innovation, but with the extra dimension of AIRAH’s centenary.”

Tackling everything from the broad topics affecting the refrigeration industry down to specific scenarios and technologies, the conference will feature sessions reviewing the latest in legislation and technology; case studies on exciting projects; and discussion around the sector’s prospects, developments and efforts.

The conference committee is now calling for speakers on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Renewable energies and the refrigeration industry
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability 
  • Energy efficiency of low-GWP, synthetic refrigerants
  • Energy performance benchmarking 
  • Integration of air conditioning and refrigeration technologies
  • The Australian and international HFC phase-down 
  • Future thinking – the path towards carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Legislation/standards/licensing/training – in Australia and internationally
  • Tertiary training in refrigeration and allied disciplines 
  • Environmental impacts of synthetic, low-GWP refrigerants
  • Re-use and recycling of refrigerants 
  • Risk management and flammable refrigerants
  • Refrigeration in the cold chain
  • Low-GWP, synthetic refrigerants
  • Ammonia
  • Transcritical CO2 systems and the Australian climate
  • Air and water as refrigerants
  • Natural refrigerant blends
  • Heat pumps
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Refrigerant inventory reduction
  • Case studies 
  • Latest refrigeration research 
  • Suggestions for site visits, workshops or panel sessions.
For those who feel more comfortable in the plant room than on a stage in front of a crowd of people, AIRAH can provide guidance on your presentation.

“If you have ideas that you believe would be of interest to the Australian refrigeration community,” says Gleeson, “please get in touch.”

The trade display will also return, offering participants the opportunity to interact with leading industry suppliers and their latest refrigeration technologies.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20. Information on submitting a presentation overview can be found at or email [email protected].