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Environmentally Sustainable Refrigeration Critical to Human Health, Business, and Commerce

globalFACT executive director Jordan Smith reiterates importance of responsible innovation on World Refrigeration Day


June 26, 2019 – Washington, D.C. – On today’s inaugural World Refrigeration Day, it is important for the industry to understand its role in making sure refrigeration works to minimize potential environmental impacts.


Jordan Smith, executive director of the Global Forum for Advanced Climate Technologies (globalFACT), said all involved in the development, deployment, and use of today’s refrigeration technologies must recognize the importance of balancing refrigeration advantages with protecting the environment.


“We should all reflect on our roles and responsibilities as innovators in our field,” Smith said. “Our responsibility is to evolve to make environmentally sustainable refrigeration available for as many people as possible. We need to look at solutions that work for different climates, budgets, and needs. We must be environmentally conscious and mindful of the impact as we look to help usher the industry into the future.”


A recent globalFACT podcast, “Refrigerant Realities: Six Things You Need to Know,” addressed the challenges the HVAC&R sector is facing around the HFC phasedown, environmental impact, and the options available to users today. It is the latest example of globalFACT’s commitment to offering credible information on the latest research and improvements within the industry.


“World Refrigeration Day is an opportunity to consider these issues, but we must focus on them every day as we make critical advancements in order to meet society’s needs and expectations,” Smith said.


World Refrigeration Day, conceived last year by industry associations worldwide, seeks to raise awareness and understanding among the general public of the significant role the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps industry and technology play in modern life.


globalFACT promotes education, awareness, and policies that support the important role of new-generation, lower-, and reduced-global warming potential (GWP) advanced climate technologies.


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