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Quiz covers impact of refrigeration on climate change

In conjunction with the newly released 35th IIR Informatory Note on The Impact of the Refrigeration Sector on Climate Change, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has launched a 10-question quiz on “Refrigeration and the Environment. The quiz enables participants from all fields and backgrounds to gain rapid insight on the key environmental issues at stake in connection to refrigeration.

The 35th IIR Informatory Note reviews existing data to estimate past greenhouse gas emissions generated by refrigeration systems and make projections for the future.

As ascertained by the note, the refrigeration sector is responsible for 7.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, almost two-thirds of which are generated by the electricity used by refrigeration systems. This presents two challenges:

•Reducing refrigerant emissions, particularly HFCs, in accordance with the application of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which enters into force on January 1, 2019.

•Making equipment more energy-efficient while developing the use of renewable energy.

Focusing on the impact the refrigeration sector can have on the environment from a technical, scientific and societal point of view, the quiz is an informal way for individuals to familiarize themselves with and test their knowledge on this issue.

The IIR is an independent intergovernmental science and technology based organization promoting refrigeration knowledge and associated technologies that improve quality of life in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner including:

•Food quality and safety from farm to consumer

•Comfort in homes and commercial buildings

•Health products and services

•Low temperature technology and liquefied gas technology

•Energy efficiency

•Use of non-ozone-depleting and low global warming refrigerants in a safe manner

For more information, see www.iifiir.org.

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