ASHRAE and United Nations Environment Programme Announce New Work Plan
By Logan CaswellHPAC General Human Resources HVAC Systems Refrigeration air conditioning ASHRAE refrigeration UNEP
The goal is to help recognize the important role that refrigeration and air conditioning play in developing countries.
ASHRAE and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are coming together to launch a new 2021-23 work-plan themed Refrigeration Management for Developing Economies.
The goal is to help recognize the important role that refrigeration and air conditioning play in developing countries both in terms of societal benefits, ranging from protecting the food supply and vaccine storage to cooling for increased comfort and productivity, as well as environmental goals, including compliance with international commitments. ASHRAE and UNEP also hope the new work plan will allow their developed tools and programs more reachable and accessible to different stakeholders in developing countries.
“One of the most important elements of ASHRAE’s work plan with UNEP is our collective ability to contribute meaningful resources to the critically important challenge of shifting to the use of refrigerants with lower global warming potential,” says Charles Gulledge, ASHRAE President.”
Both organizations have also worked on offering tools and knowledge to help eliminate emissions surrounding refrigerants while servicing refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
All ASHRAE-UNEP products and services included in the joint work plans are offered free of charge and are accessible to National Ozone Units (NOUs) and certain refrigeration and air conditioning sector stakeholders in developing countries through ASHRAE and UNEP OzonAction.