AIRAH and World Refrigeration Day – June 26

World Refrigeration Day
June 26

Join AIRAH and our Refrigeration Special Technical Group in celebrating the cooling industry!

The 2023 theme is Next Generation Cooling: The future is in our hands.

AIRAH refrigeration webinar series

This year, we're excited to launch a free refrigeration webinar series exploring the fundamentals of refrigeration. This includes sessions on heat load estimation, refrigeration components, system maintenance, CO2 system basics, and HFC phase-down global trends.

Find more information on World Refrigeration Day 2023 activities below.

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AIRAH's events Check back as we continue to add events for World Refrigeration Day 2023! This year, our activities include:
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Industry events Have an event you'd like AIRAH to promote? Please email us with relevant details.
  • Monday, June 26 – Discover a career that makes a difference. Woolworths is offering an opportunity to visit an operating state-of-the-art natural refrigerants plant room, meet industry professionals, and experience a day in the life of a refrigeration technician. They'll be hosting hour-long events across in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth. Register your interest via this Google Form.
  • Monday, June 26 – RMIT University is opening its new CO2 lab and offering a tour of the facility. Guided tours will commence at 3.30pm. Following the tour, there will be keynote presentations and opportunities for networking. Please register via Eventbrite. (Melbourne, Vic)
  • Monday, June 26 – For World Refrigeration Day, the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR UK) is hosting a series of talks on important technical themes and will be updating their socials to support the theme of #NextGenCooling. For more information on their webinars and to register, please click here.
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What is World Refrigeration Day? World Refrigeration Day takes place annually on June 26.

First started in 2019, the aim is to raise the profile of the important contribution that refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life.

World Refrigeration Day provides a chance to acknowledge our industry’s history, recognise its essential role in our lives and envision its future. AIRAH is engaged in many year-round initiatives supporting the HVAC&R industry. This involves activities aimed at improving sector visibility and awareness, including presentations to primary school students about the invention of refrigeration, its climate impact, and where it's headed.

We’re taking World Refrigeration Day as an opportunity to expand on our outreach and highlight the wonderful world of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (or HVAC&R as it’s often called) and share stories from our members and the industry.

We invite you to join us in promoting our essential industry.


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Watch the recording of Dr Paul Bannister, L.AIRAH, from AIRAH's May 2022 Refrigeration Conference.

Keynote address: Climate change challenges and opportunities for refrigeration             

While many people have only become aware of the concept of supply chain because of COVID, refrigeration engineers have long known that refrigeration is central to modern society. And as with all aspects of modern society, the sector is now facing the need to rapidly decarbonise. For refrigeration, this is most obviously about efficiency and zero/low-GWP refrigerants, for which the opportunities are many. But looking more broadly, the cold chain also offers opportunities for participation in electricity grid load management and onsite generation. In this keynote, Dr Bannister will review what the industry can do to play its part in meeting the climate challenge.

Dr Paul Bannister, L.AIRAH, was the recipient of AIRAH’s James Harrison Medal at the AIRAH Awards 2021. The medal is in recognition of the highest levels of achievement in the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

Access AIRAH’s suite of technical refrigeration resources and find out more about our Refrigeration Special Technical Group.


AIRAH World Refrigeration Day poster for students and schools
Celebrating World Refrigeration Day (students)
This A4 poster can be used to promote World Refrigeration Day to university and TAFE students.

AIRAH World Refrigeration Day poster
Celebrating World Refrigeration Day (general)
This A4 poster helps to get the word out about World Refrigeration Day.

What is HVAC&R?
A two-page A4 flyer promoting the industry, why we need it, and the career opportunities.

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Find out more about the HVAC&R industry and World Refrigeration Day.

This page was last updated June 23, 2023

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