The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is an intergovernmental science and technology based organization which promotes knowledge of refrigeration and associated technologies.
The International Institute of Refrigeration features high-performance tools enabling users to obtain full information on refrigeration and its applications:
Fridoc database (90 000 entries);
An agenda covering events in the refrigeration field;
Expertise and Laboratory Directories;
And lots of other services to discover!
In the next years, very important changes will be taking place in developing countries (DCs), more than anywhere else in the world. This web page is intended to help DCs face these changes under the best possible conditions. It is also intended for organisations and companies that wish to invest in DCs and benefit from existing opportunities:
DCs have a per capita refrigeration capacity that is, on average, 10 times smaller than that of developed countries. This makes food losses in DCs three times higher, and causes serious health problems.
DCs have a growing population and are urbanising at a fast pace.
While they respond to these growing needs, they also need to avoid increasing their fossil fuel consumption, both for environmental reasons and reasons relative to resources and electrical infrastructure, as their current per capita energy consumption is still very low.
Finally, they must also phase out the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and drastically reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The 2017-2047 period will be a transformation period for refrigeration equipment that will be crucial to the future.
Given that the latter has emerged as the most significant issue today, we define DCs as the countries referred to in Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol.
Consult this page often and participate in the IIR activities taking place within these countries!