The global warming crisis – Bringing the refrigeration and HVAC industries together

Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs
Amna Abdalla, City of Yarra
Sarah Reid, City of Melbourne

Chaired by
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH
JCH Refrigeration Consulting

Chaired by
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH

Glaciem Cooling Technologies

Managing Director of Glaciem Cooling Technologies, Hudson has more than 33 years’ experience in the design, construction, manufacturing and installation of commercial and industrial refrigeration plant and equipment. Glaciem is a South Australian company developing sustainable integrated cooling systems for the global market. 

Through collaborative research and development with the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute, Glaciem focuses on providing refrigeration technology that eliminates the need for synthetic refrigerants; provides end users with extensive peak-load management and energy storage options; and maximises the impact of sources of renewable energy such as photovoltaics.




Bryon Price, F.AIRAH

A.G. Coombs

About Price

Price is a professional engineer with long, notable experience in building services. He is the strategic development director for the A.G. Coombs Group of companies. Additionally, Price is non-executive director of AIRAH; a director of ARBS; co-chair of the International WELL Building Institute Task Force on COVID-19 and other respiratory infections; and chair of the board of the Facility Management Association of Australia as well as chair of their Knowledge and Advocacy Portfolio Groups.


Amna Abdalla

City of Yarra

About Abdalla

Abdalla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She was recruited from university by Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, as a wireline field engineer. She was responsible for complex high-profile operations on oil and gas rigs both onshore and offshore, focusing on production optimisation processes and energy efficiency. Ascending through the ranks, Abdalla took on the position of Senior Engineer where she also supported research and development, sales, procurement and recruitment. She solidified her project management experience with a Project Management Professional Certification.

Abdalla has always been passionate about energy and decided to pursue a career in energy sustainability. Her new career path as a sustainability engineer started at Marriott International, where she led the company’s energy sustainability campaign, then continued at Carbonetix, a leading energy-efficiency consultancy in Melbourne. 

Currently, Abdalla holds the technical position of Sustainable Energy Officer at the City of Yarra and has brought advanced technical skills and processes from the oil and gas industry to local government. The key project she has led is the research into transitioning aquatic centres away from natural gas, using industrial heat pumps as an integrated energy system providing all the centre’s heating and cooling demands. In this project, Abdalla is leading the detailed modelling and data analysis, and engaging with a wide range of industry stakeholders.

Sarah Reid
City of Melbourne

About Reid
Reid works in the Zero Carbon City team at City Of Melbourne, leading its work on strategies to shift emissions from buildings and precincts to net zero by 2030 for new buildings, and by 2050 for all buildings in the municipality. She has spent time on secondment to state government as Sustainability Manager for the Fishermans Bend Taskforce. Previously, Reid worked as ESD manager for Norman Disney & Young’s Melbourne office, and held similar roles in the UK construction and property industry.