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Authors sought for evening papers

The Papers and Publications Committee are inviting potential authors to come forward with subjects for papers for the next session of evening papers. If you have some interesting research, information about new applications or innovations which would be of interest to other members please do let us know by sending in an outline of around 500 words. Your outline should indicate which themes will be covered in the paper, what readers will learn from this and how this work is “advancing the science and practice of refrigeration and air conditioning”. Outlines should be submitted by 16th December and must also include the names and background on the authors; a title for the presentation and your contact details.  Address your outline to Colin Vines, Chairman of the Papers Committee using this form. 

News date: 17th Oct 2016

Global deal on HFC phase down in Kagali

"Its important to remember that the UK is already part of an agreement under EU regulations to phase down HFCs - what this does is globalise the process." IOR Past President Ray Gluckman interviewed on BBC Radio 4.  Listen to the interview here. 

In Europe DG Environment issued the following comment:

"The EU and its Member States have been long-time supporters of proposals for the global phase-down of HFCs. The European Union has shown global leadership through its own action. The EU's ground breaking legislation on fluorinated greenhouse gases adopted in 2014 demonstrated that an HFC phase-down was feasible. This set an EU-wide cap on consumption of HFCs in 2015, and a first reduction step this year." Read the full response from the EU DG Environment here:  

This press release from the United National Environment Programme outlines the details of the Kigali Amendment:

Kigali, 15 October 2016 - Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal today to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century.

The amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer endorsed in Kigali today is the single largest contribution the world has made towards keeping the global temperature rise "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, a target agreed at the Paris climate conference last year.

"Last year in Paris, we promised to keep the world safe from the worst effects of climate change. Today, we are following through on that promise," said UN Environment chief Erik Solheim.

"This is about much more than the ozone layer and HFCs. It is a clear statement by all world leaders that the green transformation started in Paris is irreversible and unstoppable. It shows the best investments are those in clean, efficient technologies."

Commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances, HFCs are currently the world's fastest growing greenhouse gases, their emissions increasing by up to 10 per cent each year. They are also one of the most powerful, trapping thousands of times more heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2).

"The faster we act, the lower the financial costs will be, and the lighter the environmental burden on our children," said President of Rwanda Paul Kagame.

"That begins with a clear signal that change is coming and it is coming soon. In due course, new innovations and products will allow us to phase out HFCs even faster, and at lower cost."

The rapid growth of HFCs in recent years has been driven by a growing demand for cooling, particularly in developing countries with a fast-expanding middle class and hot climates. The Kigali amendment provides for exemptions for countries with high ambient temperatures to phase down HFCs at a slower pace.

"It is not often you get a chance to have a 0.5-degree centigrade reduction by taking one single step together as countries - each doing different things perhaps at different times, but getting the job done," said US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"If we continue to remember the high stakes for every country on Earth, the global transition to a clean energy economy is going to accelerate."

Phase down schedule

Following seven years of negotiations, the 197 Montreal Protocol parties reached a compromise, under which developed countries will start to phase down HFCs by 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024, with some countries freezing consumption in 2028. By the late 2040s, all countries are expected to consume no more than 15-20 per cent of their respective baselines.

Financing and alternatives to HFCs

Countries also agreed to provide adequate financing for HFCs reduction, the cost of which is estimated at billions of dollars globally. The exact amount of additional funding will be agreed at the next Meeting of the Parties in Montreal, in 2017. Grants for research and development of affordable alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons will be the most immediate priority.

Alternatives to HFCs currently being explored include substances that do not deplete the ozone layer and have a smaller impact on the climate, such as ammonia or carbon dioxide. Super-efficient, cost effective cooling technologies are also being developed, which can help protect the climate both through reducing HFCs emissions and by using less energy.


News date: 17th Oct 2016

IOR becomes a supporting partner of the CIBSE Building Performance Conference & Exhibition

The IOR is proud to announce it is a supporting partner of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, (CIBSE), Building Performance Conference and Exhibition which takes place at the QEII Centre in London on the 17th and 18th November.

Performance, Inspiration and Aspiration are the keywords behind the 2016 Building Performance Conference and Exhibition, the Conference will bring together over 40 expert speakers to showcase the latest thought on building performance and help engineers deliver and maintain high performing buildings.

A series of leading speakers will tackle these issues, offering employable solutions in their addresses; including Outlook for Building Performance, Digital Engineering & Building Services, Achieving Performance In Use, Air Quality: Impact on Health & Wellbeing. Collaboration for Better Performance, Refurb + Retrofit, and Innovation in Buildings.  For information about the event click here.

News date: 13th Oct 2016

3rd November IOR Talk on Contamination and counterfeit refrigerants

book in advance by 27th October

The first paper in the IOR’s evening paper sessions will begin at 4.00pm on the 3rd November at the offices of Leonardo MW in Luton. The presentation will describe the risks from operating with contaminated or counterfeit refrigerants when applied to transport refrigeration and share experience gained in countering the effects of direct and indirect contaminates on aerospace platforms. There will be four sections within the presentation: 

  • Counterfeit refrigerant 
  • Contamination
  • Supply chain
  • R245fa reclaim



register at

The venue is near junction 10 of the M1 and has plenty of onsite parking.

News date: 12th Oct 2016

IOR launches Design Apprentice Consultation

RACHP Design and Applications Engineer Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 5) now under development

Interested in the next level of training and qualification for candidates working in Design roles? The Government is now encouraging higher level apprenticeships - these are equivalent to the HND or Foundation Degree programmes - but include a mix of taught and practical learning for individuals who are employed as Higher Level Apprentices. A team of employers covering air conditioning, commercial and industrial refrigeration, supported by Colleges/Universities is developing a scheme for the RACHP sector. It will link also to the competences of the Engineering Council for Incorporated Engineer. The draft standard and a consultation are available below.

Consultation close date 10th November 2016.

Review the Draft Design and Applications Engineer Higher Level Apprenticeship Standard

Download a feedback form here

Government guide for Employers to Higher Level Apprenticeships


News date: 10th Oct 2016

117th IOR Annual Dinner to be held 16th Feb 2017

Come and celebrate your industry

We invite you to join us once again for this spectacular black tie event. On the 16th February 2017 we will return to the stylish Grange St Paul's Hotel in London for an evening of fine dining, quality entertainment and great company.

The flagship IOR Annual Dinner is the longest running networking event in the refrigeration and air conditioning calendar. Meet new contacts and catch up with your fellow professionals at the event where we come to together as an industry to celebrate and support the Institute of Refrigeration's initiatives in education, training and the sharing of technical knowledge.

To find out more and book your seats visit

News date: 3rd Oct 2016

A lifetime of service to the industry?

IOR recognises the contribution of service engineers

The Institute’s Service Engineers Section is recognising an outstanding engineer who has spent a whole lifetime in the field as a hands on service, maintenance, installation or commissioning engineer through its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed for the army of unsung heroes of our industry who show dedication to customers and clients in keeping systems running efficiently year after year. The past winners of this award have shown that in addition to performing their day to day job responsibilities effectively, they have been willing to take on extra roles such as mentoring young technicians, giving toolbox talks to branches or colleges, or sharing their vast accumulated knowledge through internal bulletins or trade press articles

If you or your company emplolys someone who has really made a difference through their work and is still working in a service or maintenance role let us know. They could win a cash prize of £400, a comemorative beer tankard and an invitation to meet the industry at the IOR Annual Dinner on 16th February in London.

For more details of how you can make a nomination visit

News date: 22nd Sep 2016

Book now for thermal storage in smart energy systems event

International Energy Research Centre in Cork 23rd November 2016

The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat pump (SIRACH) Network will be holding its next networking meeting at the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) in Cork, Ireland. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit this industry-led collaborative research centre specialising integrated sustainable energy systems. The programme will include presentations focusing on thermal storage in smart energy systems; integrated cooling and heating in cities; the heat recovery potential of thermal storage in Europe and heat pump efficiency. The day will also include a facilitated networking session to share ideas and approaches to meeting the challenges of smart energy systems. A tour of an IERC research facility is included.

Free – book in advance at

News date: 21st Sep 2016

Student research prize entries invited for Ted Perry Award

The IOR is looking for nominations for the Ted Perry Research Award

The IOR Ted Perry Award is open to post graduate students undertaking research in a field related to air conditioning, heat pumps or refrigeration technologies. The winning student will gain valuable exposure and recognition for their work as well as a £500 prize.

The Award is given annually at the IOR Annual Dinner, and is sponsored by Hawco Limited and the Perry Family. The award winner will also be presented with a set of ASHRAE databooks on cd. Past winners have covered topics as diverse as use of the heat sink effect to cool underground tunnels, cryogenic freezing, domestic refrigerator design, and solar powered refrigeration. The closing date for nominations is 14th October. A nomination form and Rules and details of past winners are available at the Institute website.

News date: 13th Sep 2016

Nominate for the most noteworthy practical advancement in technology

IOR is now calling for nominations for the J and E Hall Gold Medal

The prestigious J and E Hall Gold Medal is an internationally respected award given to an individual or team considered to have made the most noteworthy contribution to the advancement of refrigeration and related technologies.

The IOR would like to invite you to nominate individuals or teams with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:

• Practical applications of innovative designs

• Projects which have made an original contribution to the field

• Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully

• Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area

The award of £5000 is sponsored by J & E Hall International on behalf of the Institute and is designed to encourage progress. Past winners include Pega Hrnjak, Don Cleland, Ole Fanger and many more great names from our industry. Deadline for nominations is 15th October.

Details of the nominating procedure and forms are available on the website. 

News date: 13th Sep 2016

Gustav Lorentzen Natural working fluids conference review

Over 250 people came along to Edinburgh to take part in the natural working fluids conference this August and find out the latest in research in the use of ammonia, hydrocarbon, co2 and other alternatives. In total 147 papers were presented during the three day event held at Heriot Watt University representing the input of 317 different authors and 155 reviewers. 120 delegates took part in three site visits to ammonia and carbon dioxide systems including distribution centres and transport vehicles. 2 workshops and 3 short courses were offered as part of the programme - including a workshop on the IOR's REAL Alternatives fundamentals. The IIR group on Careers in Refrigeration held a planning meeting and there was also a lively Student Networking dinner. Delegates came from no less than 31 countries to take part. 

If you missed the conerence you can now see the key note presentation slides at

News date: 7th Sep 2016

Women in RACHP Group

The IOR and ACR Journal Women in RACHP Group has started having regular steering group meetings to plan its work to promote our industry as a career choice for women. Anyone interested in promoting careers, sharing stories of success and encouraging more young people into the industry can join the group on Linked-In.  Open network meetings in the UK and possibly at key industry events and exhibitions are also being considered. The group has linked to the Women's Engineering Society which provides lots of information on mentoring schemes for female engineers, national initiatives and STEMNET promotional opportunities. See for more information about resources available from the Women's Engineering Society.

News date: 7th Sep 2016

Apprenticeships news

The RACHP Engineering Technician apprenticeship underpinning qualifications from City & Guilds are now in their final stages of development - a trainer and employer forum will be held later this year to explore the content in detail. As part of the new apprenticeships candidates will need to complete a Workbook to show how they are applying and developing the skills they learn in college in their work. This will be recorded over a three year period and be a critical part of the evidence towards their Apprenticeship grading. Ffuture apprenticeships will be awarded at Pass/Merit or Distinction level. This will also be used to help gain EngTech registration with the Engineering Council.

In the meantime a new Higher Apprenticeship Standard for Design and Applications Engineers is being developed by employers. It is likely to be set a Level 5  (HND) and combine part time study at University or College with practical experience in employment over a minimum of 2 years.  The Standard and Assessment plan are being drafted by employers and will be circulated for consultation later this year – we would very much welcome your views so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

News date: 7th Sep 2016

IOR Members mailing and news

IOR members have recently been sent their annual members mailing with:

  • an IOR datastick contaning service engineer bulletins, guidance notes and codes
  • programme card for events 
  • annual dinner flier
  • newsletter

Contact if you have any queries or you haven't received your envelope by the end of October.


News date: 3rd Sep 2016

SkillFRIDGE regional heats under way

With two regional heats now completed, there is just one more to go before the final which takes place at The Skills Show this October. The last regional heat will be on August 24th at the South East Regional College in Lisburn and will be attended by industry stakeholders, supporters and competing students from South Eastern Regional College and Glasgow Kelvin College. Hosted by The Institute of Materials in Grantham, the first of three heats saw students from The College of North West London, Manchester College and the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education taking part.

Competitor Dan Netherwood, from the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, commented: “I thought it was a lot harder than it was going to be, my boss recommended me for it and it's a good chance for me to show my abilities, it is a fantastic experience.”

Bath College hosted the second regional heat, with students competing from Eastleigh and Bath College. Competitor Chandler Davison, from Bath College, commented: “It’s a tough challenge but we can all do it. You have to think about what you are doing and go through it slowly. It teaches you how long you should be doing tasks and improves your confidence.”

SkillFRIDGE project manager, Mark Forsyth, said: "The two regional heats so far have been highly successful, thanks to the host colleges and, of course, the companies that sponsored the equipment and materials, which allowed an equal opportunity for all competitors to demonstrate their skills and knowledge acquired at college.”

Scrutinised by judges, students were given two and a half hours in the morning to complete two tasks set by the organiser, followed by a further three and a half hours under the spotlight, in order to gain enough points to qualify for the final.

They were tasked with a variety of test projects designed to challenge the students in the use of materials, tools and equipment. They had to follow detailed instructions, applying industry standards and safe working practices, whilst demonstrating good time management, planning and problem solving in a unique environment.

Time quickly passed as all competitors where highly focused. The judges evaluated the students’ work and provided valuable and informative feedback, giving a real boost to their confidence.

Looking to the future, competition operating partner manager, Karena Cooper said: "It's not all about the competition; our goal for SkillFRIDGE was to highlight the importance RACHP skills in modern life and help create career paths with industry events. Judges at the heats are chosen for their expertise in the industry and gave individual feedback to each of the competitors. We want to raise standards at a national level, promoting the demand for apprenticeships and training. SkillFRIDGE offers that platform for the RACHP industry by engaging with young people.”

After all three regional heats, the six highest scoring competitors will be invited to the final, which is to be held in November as part of The Skills Show organised by WorldSkills UK.

News date: 11th Aug 2016

Want to find out how you can get Engineering Council registration?

Find out about the Engineering Council registration application and interview process offered to IOR members by CIBSE by attending one of the CIBSE Registration Briefing sessions. You dont need to join CIBSE to become registered - they accept applications from IOR Members too!

Qualification Requirements Webinar - 18th August, 1pm
This webinar will focus on the academic requirements for IEng or CEng and routes to membership and registration. Attending via webinar means that you can join from your home or work computer or even your iPhone or tablet. 
Book here

HCNE Region - 27th September 2016, 6.30pm - 8pm
CIBSE membership and registration briefing session.
Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3PD
To book your place, please email

Qualification Requirements Webinar - 29th September, 1pm
This webinar will focus on the academic requirements for IEng or CEng and routes to membership and registration. Attending via webinar means that you can join from your home or work computer or even your iPhone or tablet. 
Book here 

London - 3rd November 2016, 6pm - 7.30pm
CIBSE registration briefing session.
CIBSE HQ, 222 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BS
To book your place, please email 

Dublin - 18th January 2017, 6pm-8pm

CIBSE Ireland membership and registration briefing session
Dean Hotel 33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2, Ireland
To book your place, please email 

News date: 11th Aug 2016

IOR joins international CryoHub group

The IOR has been invited to join the new international CryoHub group.  The group are looking at using energy storage techniques which allow energy to be supplied back into the grid as well as providing cooling for cold stores and food factories.  CryoHub is an EU Funded project that uses the fact that an industrial refrigeration plant has a large demand for electricity to produce cooling, and that sites are generally located in areas that are highly suited to renewable energy generation. However renewable energy generation tends to be intermittent and the site needs a continuous and reliable supply.   By employing renewable energy sources to first liquefy and then store cryogens, CryoHub can overcome this. 
The Cryohub technology could allow food producers a ready-made package to integrate on site management of heating, cooling, energy storage and waste generation.  The big benefit here is that they will be able to sell any excess energy back to the grid at peak demand times!
If you think there could be an opportunity for your business, please get in touch as Cryohub is looking for a small number of sites that will benefit from EU funding for installation and equipment, as well as the expertise of the CryoHhub team who will carry out in-depth monitoring to ensure savings are achieved and supply/demand is balanced. This will be an opportunity to boost your company’s sustainability credentials as an environmental pioneer and test out cutting-edge technologies for energy saving.
Find out more about CryoHub at
CryoHub is funded as part of the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It involves project partners from London South Bank University, Institute of Refrigeration, Carbon Data Resources, Corac Energy Technologies, Cranfield University and the University of Birmingham in the UK; PSU tec, Mayekawa and EUREC in Belgium; Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria; CENER in Spain and Air Liquide, IRSTEA and IIR in France. 

News date: 4th Aug 2016

Government vision for science, engineering and technical education

A long awaited report by Lord Sainsbury on technical education Post-16 Skills Plan has been launched this month. This report by an independent panel presents carefully argued proposals to improve technical education. It suggests clear dual academic and technical pathways of equal standing, where the technical pathway is being radically simplified while still linked closely to requirements for skills in industry. The Government have committed to implementing the recommendations.

To download the official report from the Government website, click here.

News date: 26th Jul 2016

Engineering Open House Day.

Friday 29th July

Bring your children along to an IET Engineering Open House UK Day this July and help nurture their interest in STEM. 
This summer, as part of the IET's 'Engineer a Better World' campaign the IET is running Engineering Open House Day. Engineering Open House Day is designed to be a fun day out for parents and kids to get a better idea about choosing careers in engineering and technology, by providing them with a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at a number of venues around the UK.   Most of the events take place on Friday 29 July but some are on a different date.
You can find out more and register for the events happening across the UK here.

News date: 26th Jul 2016

Engineering Council summer deadline 1st August

If you are an IOR member planning to put in an application for EngTech, IEng or CEng this summer please note the closing date will be 1st August.  If you miss this date there will be another intake in six months time. 

Dont forget as well as traditional routes their are application procedures for those without formal qualifications but who have the right level of experience to demonstrate the appropriate competences. This includes the Technical Report and Experiencial Report routes.  We will be holding introductory days on how IOR members can become registered with the Engineering Council in London and Bristol next year.  In the mean time sample reports and interview guidance for grades can be found on the CIBSE Help for Applicants pages or email  if you need help on any of the routes to registration open to IOR members. 

News date: 25th Jul 2016

Engineers - a need for lifelong learning?

The IOR is leading on a national engineering research project to investigate how, when and what engineers need to learn to keep their skills up to date throughout their whole career. The survey below will be the first stage of the project centring around lifelong learning and evaluating current and future skills gaps within different sectors. The outcome will be a set of recommendations on areas such as what attracts new potential employees to engineering professions, what needs to be done to bridge future skills gap, what learning methods are most effective for engineers, what should Institutions be doing to encourage entrepreneurial activity, and what will be the role of professional institutions like the IOR in the future. We would like the widest range of respondents possible so please pass this link on to anyone in your organisation working in any level of role whether as a technician, service engineer, consultant or full engineer (you don't need to be a formal Chartered Engineer to complete the survey).

News date: 24th Jul 2016

Help promote careers in RACHP

On 4th July, ECH Engineering Ltd. took their Refrigeration BiCycles (known as BicyCOOLs) to the Big Bang Local Science Fair at Sutton Grammar School, Surrey with the support of the Institute of Refrigeration President’s Fund.   Alongside the bikes, the IOR demonstrated their 'Careers in Cooling' initiative website Fantastic Fridges, banners from World Skills SkillFRIDGE competition and the Engineering Development Trust's Year in Industry scheme. Events like these are essential to inspire students and to provide a roadmap to our industry.  It is vital that more companies in our industry engage with the engineers of tomorrow.  Please share with us photos or news of any schools visits or careers talks you give to help inspire others!

(read the full article on the Sutton Big Bang Science Fair in the ACR Journal)

News date: 24th Jul 2016

Young Members grade now available

IOR Membership for Young People  

The IOR is now offering a new grade of membership to encourage more young people new to the sector to become invovled in their professional body.  The Young Members grade will help them to accelerate their career as you start out in the sectory by becoming part of the IOR network of individuals.  It is open to anyone working in air conditioning, refrigeration, heat pumping and allied technologies and fields such as food science, design, research, energy and end users. IOR membership is the first step in gaining recognition as they develop their experience and expertise.  It also demonstrates their commitment to increasing their knowledge of science and practice of technologies.

Young members get full access to IOR publications and downloads, and invitations to attend free talks and special student networking events.  

If there is anyone in your organisation who might be interested in this new grade please forward the application form below. The Young Members fee is just £29 and there is no joining fee. It is only available to those under the age of 30 at the date of application and lasts for a maximum of three years - after which they should be eligible to advance to Associate Membership.

Download an Application form here  

News date: 11th Jul 2016

It is business as usual for BSI standards making

This message was sent on 1st July to UK Standards committee members from the Biritsh Standards Insitution.

Dear Committee Member
I am writing following the Referendum last Thursday to confirm BSI’s position, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, in relation to your valued work with BSI in developing British, European and international standards. I am planning a webinar to discuss these points with you in person, but I thought it was important to contact you as soon as possible to explain the situation as we see it today.
As you will be well aware from the media coverage, the UK government is currently planning its next steps in the discussions with the EU over a UK exit.
The result of the Referendum has triggered a process for the UK government, but for the foreseeable future we see no change to BSI’s status and obligations as a full member of CEN and CENELEC. We are confident that a UK exit from the EU will not affect BSI’s membership of ISO and IEC. It is business as usual for BSI, including all aspects of our standards making, policy and strategy work.
UK participation in the development and maintenance of voluntary industry standards by CEN and CENELEC for use across the European single market is an essential element of the UK’s relationship with our European partners. The CEN and CENELEC single standard model, with identical adoption of European standards across 33 countries and the withdrawal of conflicting national standards, facilitates market access and simplifies the market structure across Europe.
BSI’s ambition is that the UK should continue to participate in the European Standardization System as a full member of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. We consider that this is a likely outcome of the forthcoming negotiations between the UK and the EU.
I will certainly do my best in the coming months to deliver this ambition, in the interests of UK industry, government and society.
For those of you involved in work with CEN and CENELEC, I would encourage you to continue as before; your commitment will help BSI in its role as the national standards body to demonstrate UK commitment to a close future trading relationship with our European partners.
We are already working with UK government to ensure that standards and their role in the single market are included in the negotiations. Nothing is going to happen in the short term that will affect UK experts’ work in CEN and CENELEC committees. We will discuss BSI’s relationship with CEN and CENELEC at the next scheduled meeting of the CEN/CENELEC Presidents’ Committee, in October.
Please do keep us informed of any issues that may arise over the coming months.  
I have asked the BSI Standards Policy team, our leading expert on the European system, to coordinate enquiries until UK government has concluded terms with the EU institutions and we are clear how (if at all) our membership of CEN and CENELEC is affected.

Scott Steedman CBE
Director of Standards


News date: 4th Jul 2016

Cold chain companies invited to take part in ground breaking research

The CryoHub innovation project ( is investigating the potential of large-scale Cryogenic Energy Storage for both cooling and power generation. Employing Renewable Energy Sources (RES) to liquefy and store cryogens, CryoHub is looking into how the power grid can be balanced with the cooling demand of a refrigerated food warehouses, whilst at the same time recovering waste heat from systems.

CryoHub is an intelligent technology capable of converting a conventional refrigerated warehouse or food factory from a simple power consumer to an interactive energy hub, thus providing substantial economic and environmental benefits for both the food refrigeration and energy sectors.  

There are opportunities for cold store and food processing businesses to become part of this fascinating innovation in the food refrigeration sector by completing the 5-minute CryoHub Mapping Survey. We are also seeking businesses to host free Case Studies or CryoHub Demonstration Plant.  

Further involvement in the project is an ideal way to:

  • boost sustainability credentials;
  • gaining extra publicity;
  • being recognised as an environmental pioneer;
  • gaining access to cutting-edge energy storage research;
  • identify methods for energy saving and grid feed-in;

See the CryoHub website ( for more details of this project and ways of getting involved.

Download more information here to pass on to other interested parties.

News date: 28th Jun 2016

IOR Past President Jane Gartshore named as one of the top 50 women in engineering

Jane Gartshore BSc FInstR was been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in the Daily Telegraph on 23rd June 2016.  The list, produced as part of the National Women in Engineering Day campaign, provides high profile recognition for careers for women in the dynamic world of engineering.  Her inclusion in the list also provides valuable recognition of the importance of refrigeration and air conditioning as an engineering profession.

Jane Gartshore is widely acknowledged as one of the highest profile woman in the Refrigeration Engineering Industry.  She served as the President of the Institute of Refrigeration from 2007 to 2010, having previously chaired its Education and Training Committee and been a member of numerous technical working groups and training standards projects. Throughout her career she has taken a lead in critical sustainability issues such as energy efficiency, adoption of natural refrigerants and reducing of refrigerant leakage. She has also built an international profile working with UNEP to support the phase out of CFCs in developing countries.

“Every day is challenging and interesting” commented Jane about her lifelong career in refrigeration and air conditioning.

“I chose to study engineering at university on the advice on my (male) physics teacher – it seemed more interesting than teaching and more attainable than being an astronaut.   My entry into the refrigeration industry in 1977 was purely because I was offered a graduate trainee position by a compressor manufacturer.   I initially worked on the design and development of commercial RAC equipment and then moved into technical sales – a global troubleshooting role.   In 1991 I set up my own business, Cool Concerns, with another engineer to provide training and consultancy for the RACHP industry.  We have trained 1000s of engineers on topics ranging from the basics to the safe application of flammable refrigerants.  I have worked all over the world and most of that work has been to do with the deployment of alternative refrigerants.   In the UK, as well as developing training programmes, I have worked on leakage reduction and energy efficiency projects and also helped clients comply with standards and regulations.  Engineering offers so many opportunities to work all over the world in a huge range of sectors – it’s an awesome career!”

IOR President Steve Gill FInstR in congratulating Jane on being included in the list of Top 50 Women in Engineering noted that Jane has said that engineering is very much of team job and that none of these achievements have been made on her own - the words of a true leader, and wonderful engineering role-model.


News date: 24th Jun 2016

North Kent College welcomes IOR

This week the IOR Service Engineers Section visited North Kent College at Gravesend to update year 1 NVQ students on the latest on refrigerant developments, f-gas leak testing and introduce the Institute.  There were lots of comments from the students who are primarily involved in industrial and commercial refrigeration careers.  The tutors also found the event a good opportunity to speak about the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme and how teaching will have to change in future.  Our thanks to North Kent College and to IOR members Gordon Adams, Dewi Garcia and Ian Fisher who gave the talks.  In September we will be going to Dudley College and later in the year to Business Edge to speak to ex-military engineers about the industry.  If any training centres or employers would like to find out more about the IOR and hear the latest on developments in the industry with tool-box talks for service engineers just contact

We are offering a special promotion of the first year of membership of the Service Engineers Section free to students or young people who attend one of the IOR talks!


News date: 22nd Jun 2016

New Apprenticeship Trailblazer Qualification details released

City and Guilds have provided training centres with a sneak pre-view of the new qualifications being developed to support the delivery of the new RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship Trailblazer from September this year.  Centres took part in a webinar with portfolio manager Chris Bailey, consultant John Ellis and John Austin-Davies representing Employers who developed the framework for the Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment methods.  The informative event attended by 20+ centres covered:

  • how existing NVQ centres can gain fast-track approval to run the new Apprenticeships
  • the basic requirements that all centres will have to meet to improve delivery standards
  • the unit titles for the new 6090 qualification at Level 2 and Level 3 which will underpin the knowledge and skills element of the new 3 year Apprenticeship.
  • how the content has changed compared to the existing 7189 qualifications and 6187
  • a brief recap on additional elements still in development: Apprentice Workplace Workbook, End Point Exams etc

A follow up event is being planned for September when the scheme goes live for new entrants which will focus on how Apprentices will record evidence from their workplace and guidance for Employers of Apprentices.  To find out more trainign centres can reegister for City and Guilds updates at or contact Chris Bailey (Portfolio Manager) at



News date: 22nd Jun 2016

Low carbon district heating IOR ASHRAE Talk webinar

On 14th June IOR Technical Committee Chairman and Past President Dr Andy Pearson gave a talk to ASHRAE Midlands Group about district heating with a fascinating introduction to global warming, the impact of heating and cooling, and opportunities for low carbon heating industrail scale ammonia heat pump systems.

View the webinar now

News date: 15th Jun 2016

Skillfridge - supporting training and careers

The national SkillFRIDGE competition allows students studying up to Level 3 RACHP  to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a pressurised environment. 

The competition cycle starts with registrations in March each year, followed by regional heats and a final held in November as part of The Skills Show.

Success at the national final can lead to an invitation into the WorldSkills UK international competition cycle.

Our goals are to highlight the skills importance in modern life and careers paths available through industry events and media awareness.

Being part of WorldSkills UK Portfolio helps us achieve those aims.

The event are looking for industry sponsors and suppliers to donate and engage with the event. Find out more here

Sign up for updates at the SkillFRIDGE website for more information


News date: 2nd Jun 2016

Safe Management of Ammonia Systems

HSE endorsed guidance to replace PM81 now available

Guidance has been developed by industry, following the withdrawal of HSE’s publication PM81, on the safe management of ammonia refrigeration systems by end users.  Written by the Food Storage and Distribution Federation’s Technical and Safety Committee, British Engineering Services, Institute of Refrigeration and other stakeholders, with support from the Health and Safety Executive. Now available to download free after registration from the Food Storage and Distribution Federation website

News date: 1st Jun 2016

Design and Applications engineers - what do they need to know?

survey on skills required for new Higher Level Apprenticeship standard

Employers are now developing a new Higher Level Apprenticeship for European Design and Applications Engineers.  Tell us what the most important areas of skills, knowledge and behaviours are for those working in Design and Application Engineer jobs using the survey link below.  The Apprenticeship will involve a mix of college based training and Employer based practical experience.  It is likely that these will cover things like selection, commissioning, use of design software, environmental considerations etc. Add anything you think is missing. 

Start the design engineer survey now

News date: 1st Jun 2016

10th International Compressor Conference - Sept 2017

The IOR has been invited to partner on the 10th International Compressor Conference which is taking place in September 2017, organised by City University.  The conference includes industry days and short course options and the programme will cover themes such as technology development, novel applications, environmental aspects, system integration in compressors in a wide range of applications. A Call for Papers will be issued in July with a deadline for abstracts in December 2016. There are also sponsorship opportunities for those who want to promote technology to the 150+ delegates expected to attend the 3 day event in London. Contact us to find out more about sponsorship opportunities or see the conference website for details of how to submit an abstract:

News date: 13th May 2016

Book now to hear the latest in alternative refrigerant developments

Book by 19th May to get discounted prices

Book your place by 19th May to take advantage of discounted rates for the internationally acclaimed 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on 21st -24thAugust. Join an international audience of researchers and industrialists showcasing the latest developments in the field of natural working fluids. The 140 papers reflect the high level of international interest not only in the main theme but in the related topics of sustainability and alternative cycles.

Key note speakers addressing the conference will be:

Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency in the USA, Alexander von Bismarck. Alexander will look at where the domestic, industrial and commercial refrigeration sectors are on the road to the adoption of environmentally benign refrigerants. His talk will focus on how mind sets and practices can be changed to aid the acceptance of sustainable practices in business.

Prof. Guangming Chen of the Ningbo Institute of Technology, China.  This talk will give insights into how China is addressing refrigerant issues such as phasing out of HFC’s and moving to environmentally acceptable refrigerants. He will also look at the Chinese decision making process related to the future use of refrigerants both in industry and within Government policy.

The final keynote speaker will be Ray Gluckman, technical consultant specialising in refrigeration and climate change who is a lead adviser to national governments, agency and the European Commission. Ray will discuss the opportunities and barriers for sector in adopting natural working fluids as well as how he believes those barriers could be overcome.

Book now for this conference to gain access to Keynote addresses, practical short training courses and workshops, a programme of technical tours including distribution centres and factories – as well as over 140 conference papers.  A social events programme is also included to provide unique networking opportunities with up to 350 developers and purchasers of innovative technologies.

Reserve your place now at – for more details of prices, accommodation and conference packages

News date: 11th May 2016

Leading companies flock to support the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference

Over 140 papers from over 30 countries have now been accepted at the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference on 21st - 24th August which is being hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration.  The conference organisers are delighted to announce that J&E Hall have now come on board as a platinum sponsor of the conference. 

Helen Jerram Marketing manager of J&E Hall International explains why they are supporting this event “ The Gustav Lorentzen Natural Refrigerants Conferences is the most important international forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas in recognition that natural working fluids are not just an option, but an integral part of our future, and that of generations to come.” 

Other sponsors include gold sponsor, Epta Refrigeration and silver sponsors Bitzer, Danfoss, Emerson Climate Technologies and Yellow Jacket.

The 2016 event will focus on sustainability and the challenges and opportunities that the growing need for greener technologies and practices offer to the world of Natural Working Fluids.  To find out more about the scope of this conference and book your place visit 


News date: 9th May 2016

Are you interested in promoting diversity at work?

The IOR is running a webinar to support the launch of a Women in RACHP Network on National Women in Engineering Day - Thursday 23rd Jun 2016.  Catarina Marques MInstR will give an overview of research carred out by Catarina and Ina Colombo MInstR of the International Institute of Refrigeration as part of a Women in Refrigeration workshop, which looked at global skills shortages in engineering and technical staff, the growing demand for refrigeration professionals and opportunities to increase representation of women in this field.  The Webinar will be opened and chaired by Steve Gill, IOR President. Register for the webinar launch on 23rd June here   or find out more about the group at


News date: 1st May 2016

RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship applicant guidance

The Government website has issued newguidance for anyone considering applying for an Apprenticeship. The RACHP EngTech Apprenticeship approved for new students from September this year combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week or block release)

Our Level 3 apprenticeship will take 3 years to complete and is formally recognised as equivalent to 2 A Level passes. It will include some qualifications and the F Gas Certificate. Your final test taken at the end of the Apprenticeship will comprise a practical test, your exam results and evidence of what you have achieved in real work situations.

Employers can get funding of up to 66% of your training costs.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

There is a network of Colleges and Independent Training organisations who will be offering the new RACHP Eng Tech Apprenticeship. Speak to your local provider to find out more.


Candidates can Search for an apprenticeship here.

See the full guidance at

Read more about the RACHP apprenticeship at

News date: 27th Apr 2016

Institute of Refrigeration Ireland Awards success

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland had a fantastic Annual Awards Dinner on Friday 22nd April with over 250 members and guests present hosted by their President Declan Fitzmorris. They gave out a number of awards to individuals - leading students, innovators and those having made a special contribution to industry were recognised.  Representing the IOR (UK) was Miriam Rodway, who helped present the innovation award.  The IRI and IOR have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to share information and make IOR technical guides available to IRI Members. We hope to find more opportunities to co-operate on events and activites in the future.

News date: 25th Apr 2016

New edition of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat pumps published

original author AR Trott's version updated by Guy Hundy, past IOR President

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps, 5th edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of refrigeration. Clear and comprehensive, it is suitable for both trainee and professional HVAC engineers, with a straightforward approach that builds on the fundamentals of the technology. With its concise style and broad scope, the book covers most of the equipment and applications to be encountered by professionals. Newcomers to the industry will find that the simplicity of the descriptions helps in the understanding of specification, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. With more than 250 diagrams and illustrations, many in colour in the electronic version, this is a must-have text for anyone who is seeking foundational information on refrigeration and air conditioning without being swamped by textbook pedagogy.

ISBN 978-0-08-100647-4 

Author’s note:

A.R. Trott designed this book to give an appreciation of the subject, building on the unchanging fundamentals in a logical way. This was further developed by T.C. Welch and I’m indebted to both these authors for developing this approach. I would also like to thank friends and colleagues in the industry who have helped with information, proof-read drafts, and provided suitable illustrations, and I am donating author royalties to the Institute of Refrigeration Presidents’ Fund. You can find out more about this fund via Its most recent beneficiary is the relaunch of “Fantastic Fridges”. This is a site is designed to introduce young people to the practical science behind refrigeration technologies and to help them to understand the contribution that RACHP makes to modern life - including the variety of career opportunities available.

Guy Hundy has extensive experience in the design and application of refrigeration compressors. Having served as Director of Application Engineering with Emerson Climate Technologies Europe, and President of the Institute of Refrigeration from 2004 to 2007, he has broad knowledge of applications and expertise in performance and efficiency in commercial refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps in particular.



News date: 19th Apr 2016

Why not become a Chartered Refrigeration Engineer?

Find out how with this recorded webinar with presentations from an IOR Member, CIBSE's IOR Registration Department and Q&A  (7th April 2016). Further regional registration information events are planned - check the IOR website regularly for updates.

Download the qualifications assessment form to start your application with a free check to see what grade you would be eligible for (available only for IOR Members).

See the Registration fees table for 2016

Need a sponsor to support your application? Contact us and we will match you with someone who has achieved IEng, CEng or EngTech and can help guide you through your application process and become your mentor sponsor.

News date: 11th Apr 2016

Are you a Chartered Engineer?

The IOR is carrying out a survey of members about Registration covering CEng, IEng and EngTech grades. Please fill in this short survey whether or not you currently have registration to help identify how we can better support members and improve professional standards

Many thanks.  If you have any queries about this work please contact Gordon Duncan, Engagement Project Manager at the IOR 

News date: 22nd Mar 2016

Volunteers needed - events programme

influence IOR Papers and Events

The IOR Papers and Publications Committee are looking for volunteers! The Group meet twice a year to plan the programme of IOR open talks and publications.  You need to be a member who is interested in keeping up with the latest developments in the industry, and on the lookout for case studies, topics and speakers that would make an interesting addition to the IOR programme.  The IOR offers seven open meetings a year, evening talks supported by written papers, which are published in the IOR Proceedings.  Members of this Committee should be able to attend two meetings (one face to face and the other by telephone conference), and willing to review papers as well as come along to support these events which take place in London and Birmingham.  If you are interested in getting more involved in the IOR, and helping us to engage with a wider spectrum of members through these events please contact Miriam Rodway to find out more about what is involved in joining this group. 

News date: 21st Mar 2016

New Apprenticeship launched

"Our Industry has been aware for some time of the need to "raise the bar" in the way we educate apprentices. The Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme has been the catalyst used by the Institute of Refrigeration to introduce a standard of knowledge, skills and crucially, behaviours in our sector that will be formally recognised by the Engineering Technician qualification. As Chair of the Employers group leading this initiative, I urge any business, big or small, to get behind this. You should contact your local training provider and find out how they can help you put new apprentices or existing trainees onto the Trailblazer Apprenticeship starting in September. " John Austin-Davies, chair of the Employers Group for the RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship / George Barker Epta Refrigeration

On 15th March during the National Apprenticeship week celebrations, the RACHP industry officially launched a new Apprenticeship programme for Engineering Technicians.  An audience of over 50 attended the launch meeting, which was funded by the Skills Funding Agency to promote apprenticeship take up.  They included large and small employers, training providers, colleges and press.  

The speakers at the event gave overviews of how the new Apprenticeship Standards were developed by employers, how assessment organisations are preparing materials to support learners and providers and how new funding regimes will work.  The new standard has been welcomed across the industry as a means of equiping the next generation with the skills, knowledge and behaviours they will need ot deal with tomorrow's challenges. 

Over the next few months more detailed guidance on qualifications, handbooks and assessments which will be used in the delivery of training for the 3 year Apprenticeship Programme is being prepared for release by City & Guilds, who are working closely with industry groups on the development of the materials.  Further webinar events are planned for June this year to prepare training providers to start accepting registrations on the new Apprenticeship from September this year.

The event was closed by IOR President Graeme Maidment, who outlined how the IOR has been supporting the development of the new Apprenticeship as part of its education and training initiatives which include young persons careers resources, careers fair attendance, visits to colleges and free e-learning programmes.  The IOR also announced that a new bid to develop a Higher Level Apprenticeship for European RACHP Design and Applications Engineers had recently been approved by Government and employers will be working to develop a Standard and Assessment plan for this occupation over the next 12-18 months.

For more detail of slides and about the published Standard and Assessment plan see

If you would like to follow future developments contact to be added to our consultation list. 


News date: 18th Mar 2016

Cool Science makes a splash at the Big Bang science and careers fair

Cool Science does it again at the Big Bang Science Fair 16-19th March 2016 at the NEC.  70,000+ school visitors and 150 interactive stands included the RACHP industry sponsored Cool Science stand.  The stand featured the Bicycool a pedal powered fridge -  a Sky Newscaster tried it out this year getting great coverage for refrigeration on national news.  There are also themographic scanning immages and lots of information about careers and the new Apprenticeship programmes.

See more by following the Cool Science Twitter feed with pictures and news from the event



News date: 18th Mar 2016

Results of IOR Council Elections

The following candidates have been elected to join the IOR Executive Council (Charity Trustees) from 1st April 2016. Each year two seats become available on Council and candidates are nominated and voted by the IOR Membership.  The nominating statements of the two new Council members are shown below. The Council would like to thank all five of the candidates who volunteered to serve on Council this year.

David Bostock FInstR   

I have worked in the refrigeration industry for all of my adult and professional life. I believe we fill a critical role within the engineering sector and society in general. I fully support the activities of the IoR and would like to take a proactive role in supporting and promoting the Institute and it's objectives, and in that way supporting the wider RAC Industry.

I take an active role within the Institute, and both attend and present at Institute events and conferences, as well as representing the Institute with ACRIB.

I am currently serving (until October 2016) as the Chairman of the ACRIB Board, and have a particular interest in the recruitment of younger people and graduates to our industry; and thereafter their development and training as design and technical engineers, as well as service engineer apprentices.

I am a keen supporter of natural refrigerants, although I fully support a balanced approach to refrigerant selections, and believe that synthetic refrigerants have a critical role to fill in many key applications.

Mike Nankivell FInstR (Elected)

I was very proud to be upgraded to a Fellow of the Institute in 2014. This was in recognition of the support I have endeavoured to provide for various industry events and initiatives over the years.

I entered the HVACR sector in 1971 as a contract detail/design draughtsman, following an excellent engineering apprenticeship with a Government research and development establishment. In my career I have worked as a design engineer and in various senior management positions with acoustics, fan engineering, air handling unit and air conditioning manufacturers. I was employed by Carrier Air Conditioning for over 13 years, initially as applications manager, but took up the role of UK training manager, which ultimately led to the position of UK Marketing Manager. For the last 16 years I have been with the Daikin distributor, Space Airconditioning plc and Marketing and Business Development Director since 2009. 

I am immediate past President of HEVAC and was Chairman of the FETA board of Directors between 2013 and 2014.

By choice, I am entering semi-retirement at the end of 2015, but have committed to maintain a close involvement in the industry through my (voluntary) roles as, President of the Heat Pump Association and Chairman of the ACRIB F Gas Implementation Group and other part-time (paid) activities. In addition to the support I am always pleased to offer the IOR, I believe I could also make a useful contribution to the IOR Council, on which it would be my honour to serve.

News date: 4th Mar 2016

IOR recognises outstanding achievements

at the 116th Anniversary Dinner

Last week the President, Graeme Maidment FInstR, celebrated achievements of some outstanding individuals.

J&E Hall Gold Medal for practical contribution to the development of RAC technology was made to Ian Tansley of SureChill for the development and commercialisation of a vaccine refrigerator which operates without the need for a constant power source using water based cooling technology.  His invention has been helping to save lives in some of the most difficult environments on earth.  Ian will give a paper detailing the technology and its potential for commercial application in a paper to members next year
The Student Research Ted Perry Award went to Thorsten Spillmann of the University of Warwick for the development of technology to support more cost effective solar powered air conditioning using desiccant coated heat exchangers. Thorsten will also give a talk on his work to members next year as part of the SIRACH research and innovation programme. Our thanks to the Ted Perry Family and Hawco for providing the prizes.
This year's Lightfoot Medal voted by members for the best paper presented was picked up by John Clark and Angus Gillies for their paper which you can find on the website: "Comparison of evaporative and air cooled condensers in industrial applications"  The paper examins the range of condenser options and how they are used, focusing on the economic and efficiency justification for selecting different types of condensers. 
Finally the Service Engineer Lifetime Achievement recognition was made to Roy Dearden of Kool-it Services who has worked as a service engineer since he started as an apprentice in the late 1950's. Despite starting his own company, he still attends call outs to the more technically challenging jobs and has shown an exceptional commitment to training and bringing on trainees and apprentices.  The Trainee of the Year Award provided the prizes.

For more see the links below:

Photos of the evening

Details of award winners

President's speech to members

Next year's event will be held on the 16th February 2017 back at The Grange...



News date: 2nd Mar 2016

Heating and Cooling strategy for Europe published

This month the European Commission has published a Heating and Cooling Strategy as part of the EU's Energy Union Energy Security package. This is a first ever strategy with a view to tackle the use of energy, particularly fossil fuels, in all sectors that use heating and/or cooling. The energy security package contains proposals to equip the EU for global energy transition as well as to be prepared for possible energy supply interruptions and it consists of these four elements:

  • Security of Gas Supply Regulation
  • decision on Intergovernmental Agreements in energy
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage strategy
  • Heating and Cooling Strategy

The strategy document conclused that consumers must be at the centre of this strategy, using modern technologies and innovative solutions to shift to a smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling system that can unlock energy and budgetary savings for companies and citizens, improve air quality, increase well-being for individuals and provide benefits to society as a whole.

This strategy builds on a solid base in EU legislation and identifies areas where update or reform is needed to become future-proof and deliver on the Energy Union objectives. In its 2016 impact assessments for the reviews of the EPBD, the EED, the Renewable Energy Directive and for the new Market Design Initiative, the Commission will analyse different options to help buildings and industry shift to efficient, decarbonised energy systems based on renewable energy sources and the use of waste heat. These analyses will include district heating and cooling and electrification of heating through heat pumps. They will study how to expand demand response and reduction and the use of thermal storage in the electricity system, how to create the right incentives for the deployment of smart technologies, and how to increase the effectiveness of public funds and mobilise private investors.

Download the strategy document from the IOR website here

News date: 26th Feb 2016

Cold Chain Food Policy Brief published

Read the new policy brief on Developing the cold chain in the agrifood sector in sub-Saharan Africa published by the International Institute of Refrigeration (The IOR is the UK representative to the IIR). The policy brief summarises the importance of the cold chain in reducing post-harvest losses.  Download from the IOR site here.


News date: 19th Feb 2016

What is the State of Engineering 2016?

Engineering UK 2016 The State of Engineering analyses the engineering industry’s capacity for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. The report provides the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, Government, industry and the third sector with a compelling evidence base.

There are three overriding messages from the report. Firstly, that engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.

Secondly, that the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022.

Thirdly, through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers in particular can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools and colleges to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.

Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy - engineering employers have the potential to generate an additional £27 billion per year from 2022. This is equivalent to the cost of building 1,800 secondary schools or 110 new hospitals.

If the UK is to benefit economically from this, we will need to meet the forecasted demand for 257,000 new vacancies in engineering enterprises in the same timescale. The importance of engineering is significant not only economically but also with regards to employment, as for every new engineering role an additional two jobs are created in the economy.

Download the full 2016 report as a PDF by registering with the Engineering UK here 


News date: 5th Feb 2016

IOR Annual Conference 18th February at NEC - book now

Bookings now open

The Institute of Refrigeration is holding its Annual Conference during the ACR Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on 18th February. The event “Emissions, Energy and Eco-design” will explore how energy and emission saving in component and system design are being achieved and the programme will help re-evaluate current strategies and support those who want to develop improved approaches to environmental challenges.  At the same time it will identify how the sector can benefit from the opportunities offered by new markets.


10.35-10.55 Coffee and Registration

10. 55-11.00 Welcome and introduction. Chris Green, Chairman

11.00-11.15 Design in the future - using Eco-Design.   Judith Evans, London South Bank University & Refrigeration Development and Testing.

11.15-11.30 End of life treatment for temperature exchange equipment under the WEEE Directive.   Julie-Ann Adams, Really Green Credentials

11.30-11.45 EN378: 2016 changes and challenges. Andy Pearson, Chairman of RHE18

11.45-12.00 Group questions for the morning speakers Chaired by Chris Green

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-1.00 A case study. Ecodesign at Foster Refrigerator. Chris Playford, Foster Refrigerator

1.00-1.15 A global perspective on emission reductions. Ray Gluckman, Gluckman Consulting and Daniel Colbourne, Re-phridge and member of the UNEP Refrigeration Technical Options Committee (TOC) for the Montreal Protocol 

1.15-1.30 A case study: Minimisation of emission in the retail environment.Nick Franzen, Arctic Circle

1.30-1.45 Group questions for the afternoon speakers

1.45-2.15 Group discussion

2.15-2.20 Close

Bookings are now open. The IOR member price is £50 + VAT. Delegates will receive lunch and a full set of conference proceeding. A reduced student rate is available.

For full conference details and to book your place visit

News date: 12th Jan 2016

Voting for IOR Council closes 29th February

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the IOR on line Council Elections

The Institute has received five nominations for the two vacancies on IOR Council that will become available from April this year.  The nominees are: David Bostock, Rustin Cooper, John Fraser, Chris Green and Mike Nankivell. Read more about the nominees here.

We are now holding an electronic election. IOR President Graeme Maidment has sent an email to all members who are eligible to vote (Members and Fellow grade) with details of how to take part in the election voting. Ballot papers have been sent by post to those without valid email addresses.  If you didnt receive your voting information in January and are eligible to vote, please contact the voting services provider or telephone 0845 241 41 48 to arrange for this to be reissued.

The results will be announced in March.

News date: 11th Jan 2016

REAL Zero 2016 - sign up now

updated booklets and elearning

The IOR REAL Zero and REAL Skills materials have been updated in line with the 2015 F Gas Regulations.

You can download free booklets and tools at

The updated REAL Zero e-learning programme is free for IOR members when it reopens later this month, so please register now at 

News date: 4th Jan 2016

Next stage for new RACHP Apprenticeships

The RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship scheme approved in 2015 as one of the Trailblazer Apprenticeships is now considered “ready for delivery” and has had approval for funding of training by Government.  At least one Assessment Body is in the process of registering to deliver the new Apprenticeship programme – that is City & Guilds.  City & Guilds have been working closely with the Trailblazer Employers Group and the Institute of Refrigeration to prepare new qualifications and guidance material for trainers and employers to help deliver the new Apprenticeships.

Preparation of Qualifications and Assessment Materials

Consultation meetings with employers on the principles of underpinning qualifications at Level 2 and 3 are on-going.  A meeting of the Trailblazer Employers Group will be held to look at the draft new qualifications in early February.  Subject to their approval, the next stage will be to gain input from a wide range of training providers during March, with opportunities for registered centres to look in more detail and comment on draft qualifications, assessment materials, test rig specifications, supporting documents, verification procedures etc to ensure these are practical and deliverable.

Awareness raising of changes

In parallel the Institute of Refrigeration is raising awareness of the new qualifications and how they will work in the sector. They are organising in a number of events and initiatives at industry events:

  • City & Guilds have agreed to participate on the IOR Stand at the ACR Show on 17th February with a Q&A session programmed on the new Trailblazer scheme.
  • Trade Association meeting talks and presentations 
  • A Launch Event supported by Government will take place on 15th March 2016 as part of National Apprenticeship Week events. See the programme and book here for this free event.

When will the new scheme be ready?

City and Guilds are working towards having the new scheme available for new employees/apprentice registrations in September 2016, and will ensure that training providers are kept informed and provided with all of the necessary information to prepare for the new scheme before its launch.  

How can you get involved?

Any employers or providers interested in taking part in consulting on the draft delivery materials being prepared should contact the Institute and will be added to the consultation panel. 

News date: 15th Dec 2015

SIRACH focus on domestic heating and cooling

Join SIRACH on the 20th January for a tour of the new Daikin training centre in Woking where there will be a range of short talks on the latest technology developments related to domestic and small commercial heating and cooling.

  • Domestic heating hybrid systems
  • Electrocaloric refrigeration
  • Magnetic refrigeration
  • Using water as a energy store

There will also be facilitated networking and discussion sessions. 

The view the programme and book your free place visit

News date: 25th Nov 2015

Join the IOR and BSRA for a network meeting on the 3rd December

Come along and network with members of the Institute of Refrigeration and support the newly relaunched Birmingham Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.  

The event will begin at 5.00pm on Thursday 3rd December at the University of Birmingham and will include an evening paper presentation.

Why not introduce somebody new to the Institute of Refrigeration at this informal meeting while getting to know other refrigeration professional from the Birmingham area.

Bookings for this free event can be made at 

News date: 20th Nov 2015

Why aren't you a member?

If you are working with refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump technologies than you already know how important they are to busineses and society.  Keeping cooling working efficiently, reliably, safely and minimising environmental damage are critical issues. The Institute of Refrigeration is a scientific and educational charity which promotes the sharing of knowledge to ensure technology development for the public benefit. Join as a member now to find out more about you can help achieve these aims.

News date: 13th Nov 2015

Design Engineer Training standards

Do you employ Design or Applications Engineers?  Would you be interested in working with other employers and training providers to develop a new standard and training programme for senior level Design Engineers - possible with an international aspect?  The Institute is hosting an on line meeting on 18th November for employers interested in finding out more about new opportunities to design and test advanced level qualifications. If you would like to take part please contact us to find out more.

News date: 9th Nov 2015

Learning resource for Schools

join the Fantastic Fridges campaign

Anyone who works in refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pumps will probably agree that fridges can be fantastic!  The sector offers great career opportunities for young people and is a major contributor to modern day life in terms of the food chain, medical support and many business activities.  Join the IOR in helping to promote a greater understanding of refrigeration and the role it plays in society by publicising our new schools website at  Take a look now and send the link to any schools, careers advisers or young people that may be interested. The IOR Presidents Fund and volunteers have produce a really useful website with lots of bright fun images to appeal to young people and links to social media. Help us to spread the word.

News date: 8th Nov 2015

Doing Cold Smarter report published

Cold Commission findings

The Institute of Refrigeration has welcomed the publication of “Doing Cold Smarter” and congratulated the University of Birmingham’s Commission on Cold for their excellent work in providing a detailed case for urgent attention to be paid to the provision and use of cooling.  This is a topic which deserves greater consideration by government – as Professor Toby Peters said in his address at the launch of the report “somebody in Government needs to have cold on their business card”. 

The IOR is well connected with the international community and is working hard to promote innovation in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating.  We are planning to work with the Commission to address the issues raised by the report. The report is very direct and hard-hitting, describing cooling as “vital but dirty”.  We recognise that some sectors of the industry need to do substantially more to deliver “clean cooling” solutions but we also note the substantial progress that has been made in recent years to provide sustainable refrigeration in many sectors.  As hosts of the International “Gustav Lorentzen” conference on natural working fluids next August we will be working to promote further progress in this field.

To find out more about the Cold Commission and the report published on 28th October see

News date: 30th Oct 2015

New Education resources available

IOR relaunches Fantastic Fridges

A new resource for learning science, engineering and technology through refrigeration has been launched by the Institute of Refrigeration.  The website is designed to introduce young people to the practical science behind refrigeration technologies and to help them to understand the contribution that RACHP makes to modern live - including the variety of career opportunities available. 
The first stage of the website is called “Young Learners” and it is designed to support Key Stage 2  and 3. It includes games, videos and interactive pages, with links for users to post scores and comments on facebook. The website will be promoted widely via on line science education resources, targeting schools, teachers and careers advisers.
Additional sections of the Fantastic Fridges website currently under development will focus on Cooling Science and Advance Topics for more specialised learners.  This first section has been funded by Member Donations and the IOR Presidents' Fund. Sponsors are being sought for the next stages - if you would like to get involved in this work, help to promote science in schools or have any feedback about the website please contact us.

News date: 26th Oct 2015

Policy commission “Doing Cold Smarter” to launch their findings on 28th October 2015

Doing Cold Smarter was launched earlier this year to produce a roadmap for the UK to navigate the complexity of cold energy provision and provide direction for investment in sustainable solutions.

The commission have put together recommendations for policy highlighting that the next 10 years of development in the reconfiguration of the UK’s energy landscape and the rapid building out of the energy infrastructure in emerging markets requires an accelerated adoption of sustainable solutions to cooling.

The commission will report on its findings at a launch event in London on 28 October and present a roadmap for policy. The launch event will include short presentations from the academic leads and commissioners as well as opportunity for questions, discussions and feedback.

To find out more at

News date: 14th Oct 2015

Advance your IOR membership

If you have been an Associate or Affiliate member of the IOR for three years or more think about applying for Advancement to full Member.  Full IOR members can use the MInstR initials after their name and are recognised for their experience and responsibilities in their job - you dont necessarily need to have formal qualifications in refrigeration as experience in a responsible position counts equally in assessing your grade. Allied fields such as Sales Engineer, Food Technologist or non technical Directors are equally eligible.  This is no application fee for advancing your membership although each membership grade carries a different fee rate.  Use the form below to send us an update on your recent experience or contact the Membership Secretary for more information and guidance: Advancement Application Form 

If you employ Service Engineers or Technicians they may be eligible for the IOR Technician grade of membership - giving them recognition as someone commited to their professional development by receiving IOR Service Engineer publications and access to other IOR services and publications as well as the possibility of applying for Engineering Council EngTech registration. Find out more here: IOR for Technicians


News date: 25th Sep 2015

Putting into Use Refrigerant Replacements - report published by BRA

A report on Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants (PURR) has been produced by the British Refrigeration Association.  The purpose of the report is to help people address the task of meeting some of the key implications and requirements of the EU F-Gas regulation which came into force on 1st January 2015.  Whilst mainly of interest to those involved in commercial refrigeration, it is designed to highlight the challenges the whole market will face in the next few years, and offers guidance and suggestions as to how these issues can be dealt with.

The ban on new installations and servicing with refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential of 2500 or more, together with the cap and phase down of HFC refrigerants, presents the sector with a major challenge.  With a very tight timescale in which these factors must be actioned, the need for advice and information will be vital in the decision making process.

The report can be downloaded free at

News date: 17th Sep 2015

Apprenticeship assessment plan signed off by Government


The new Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician Apprenticeship standard and assessment strategy has now been published on the list of approved standards on the Government Trailblazer website (10th Sept 2015). The standard and the assessment plan have been developed by employers in consultation with providers over the past 18 months, supported by the Institute of Refrigeration Education Committee.  The list of employers involved is shown on the website below.  A funding band for support towards the employers' cost of training and assessment under the new Apprenticeship has also been set. 

IOR President, Graeme Maidment, commented "We are delighted that the IOR's leadership in education in the RACHP sector has been recognised as a trailblazer.  The new Apprenticeship has been developed on conjunction with employers and in consultation with providers. This has resulted in a framework that is forward-looking and will provide the educational foundation for the needs of our industry. We look forward to supporting all employers in the RACHP sector in implementing the new apprenticeship scheme from September 2016."

It is hoped that employers will be able to start Apprentices on the new scheme from September 2016.  Assessment Organisations (such City & Guilds) need to register for approval before they can begin developing materials for the new Apprenticeship  (such as workbooks, on line exams, specifications for practical tests and setting up an independent end point assessment panels). It is a recommendation in the new Apprenticeship that input from professional institutes such as the IOR is gained in the development of these materials or qualifications, to ensure that current industry standards are met and that they satisfy Engineering Council Engineering Technician requirements.

Employers will be able to choose which Assessment Organisation and Training Organisation they want to use for the RACHP Apprenticeship, and allocate the matched Government funding accordingly. The government Apprenticeship website will list the options available to employers and explain how much funding is available in due course.

The new Standard and Assessment plans place a much stronger emphasis on core refrigeration principles and science, backed up with practical assessments. They are available to view on line at:


News date: 10th Sep 2015

Fantastic Fridges coming soon...

The IOR will be relaunching its Fantastic Fridges schools educational website all about refrigeration science basics and its contribution to daily life. The new Fantastic Fridges website that will include games and interactive exercises will be launched to schools later in September. Watch this space for more news....

News date: 2nd Sep 2015

IOR is a charity - gift aid your subscription

Help us make your membership go further... Gift Aid it!

Your IOR membership subscription is eligible for the Inland Revenue Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK tax payer who pays your subscription from your own funds, the IOR can reclaim 25p on every £1 subscriptions paid. Just call or email us to confirm you wish to gift aid your payment or fill in and email/post the IOR Gift Aid Declaration. It costs you nothing.


News date: 12th Jul 2015

Hot weather Air Conditioning help

free downloads

The IOR's Service Engineers' Section has just published three new practical guidance notes.  All IOR members can download these items free as part of their membership and are encouraged to distribute them to engineers, technicians and students.

If you are not a member or want to encourage your technicians to join the Service Engineers Section so that they receive these updates regularly through the post see the Membership information at

Enquire for discounted corporate membership rates.

July bulletins


News date: 26th Jun 2015

Cold Store Code Revision published

After a substantial review the IOR has now republished its Cold Store Code of Practice. The Code includes three sections: Specification, Design and Refrigeration.  This brings together the material which was previously published in two separate documents, into a single, substantial item which is a key resource for anyone involved in the practice or consultancy of cold store design. The first section on specification is a completely new addition which aims to help designers work with clients on clarifying requirements.  The Code includes a comprehensive list of references and legislation which may impact cold store construction, design, maintenance or operation. It includes a series of Templates that can be downloaded as word documents for operators or installers to complete or customise. Available to download now from the IOR website with a discount for IOR members. Find out more here

News date: 19th Jun 2015

IOR REAL Zero materials to be updated

The IOR is looking for a technical author to update its REAL Zero learning materials on reducing leakage for Fluorinated Refrigerants in respect of the requirements of the 2014 F Gas Regulations and market changes. The IOR REAL Zero materials were last updated in 2011 as part of an EU Funded learning project and consist of 5 guidance notes – see

Anyone interested must have experience of preparing training materials at vocational level and be familiar with the requirements of the new UK and EU F Gas Regulations as well as practical issues around leak detection and prevention. Up to date knowledge of developments in other related standards, regulations and industry codes of practice/guidance would also be helpful. This will be a short term project to be carried out in June this year. If you are interested please send a brief CV and information about your experience of developing written training materials related to fluorinated refrigerants/F Gas certification of individuals to Miriam Rodway by 30th April 2015.  Contact Form

News date: 30th Mar 2015

Advance for Associate Members

If you have been an Associate or Affiliate member of the IOR for three years or more think about applying for Advancement to full Member.  Full IOR members can use the MInstR initials after their name and are recognised for their experience and responsibilities in their job - you dont need to have formal qualifications in refrigeration, and allied fields such as Sales Engineer, Food Technologist or non technical Directors are equally eligible.  This is no application fee for advancing your membership although each membership grade carries a different fee rate. 

Use the form below to send us an update on your recent experience or contact the Membership Secretary for more information and guidance:

Advancement Application Form 



News date: 20th Mar 2015

Make use of your IOR membership initials and badge

Members of the Institute are recognised by using the relevant initials after their name to show their professionalism – for example MInstR for Members, AMInstR for Associates or TMInstR for Technicians. You will often see these used on business cards, email signatures, linked-in profiles and for directors of small businesses after their name on their letterhead.

Members, Technicians and Associates also have silver lapel badges and car stickers - Fellows have gold badges.

Take great pride in your involvement and recognition within this leading community and use your initials and badge when you attend industry meetings and events!

Badges and stickers are available free of charge to Members - order a replacement here 

News date: 20th Mar 2015

New Apprenticeship proposal given go-ahead

Employer-backed new apprenticeship standard approved by Government

On 12th March 2015 the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) confirmed their approval of a new Apprenticeship standard for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician, developed by employers in the industry, with the support of industry bodies Institute of Refrigeration and the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry Board.  

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers in your sector the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs.  I congratulate the members of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for RACHP Engineering Technicians, which we have published today.”

The new Apprenticeship standard outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve full competence in RACHP Engineering Technician job roles specified by a group of twelve employers designated a “Trailblazer” by BIS and subject to an industry wide consultation in 2015. The trailbazer employers will continue now to prepare an Assessment Plan, leading to a new Apprenticeship for the RACHP Engineering Technician, linked to Engineering Council national standards.

The chairman of the group is John Austin-Davies FInstR (Commercial Director of George Barker & Co (Leeds) Ltd, part of the Epta Group). He and the other employers, large and small, representing the variety of our industry, are committed to seeing this new approach through. He comments: “Training to a consistent, and nationally agreed standard, is more important in this industry now than ever before. Our Industry is a major energy user, and in addition to the energy consumption there are other very significant environmental aspects, all of which mean that the technology is moving fast. We must be confident that we have a well prepared work-force to install safely and correctly, and maintain working with optimum efficiency. The Apprenticeship Trailblazer programme is the best opportunity we have to make the step-change necessary.”

see for more information or to join the consultation group


News date: 16th Mar 2015

Cool Science is a big hit with kids

Follow us at the Big Bang Careers fair

IOR is supporting the Cool Science stand at the Big Bang science and engineering careers fair at the NEC this week. 70,000 children, 50 RAC people on the Cool Science stand, a dozen industry supporters and a couple of bicycle powered fridges?  See us pulling in the crowds (including the launch of the show filmed at the Cool Science stand!) with regular twitter updates and pics at



cycle powered fridge competition drawing in the crowds

TV science presenter Marty Jopson having a go!


The Show was opened with a live TV broadcast from the Cool Science stand.


If you or your company want to say YES to working to help promote careers and science through regional shows and next years Big Bang contact us at


News date: 11th Mar 2015

E-learning for Alternative Refrigerants launches

REAL Alternatives the blended learning programme for alternative refrigerants will launch on 19th March with a free webinar introduction. The webinar starts at 2pm and closes at 3.15pm.

To view the programme and register visit

News date: 5th Mar 2015

New F Gas Regulation guides from the Environment Agency

Changing F Gas use - key phase down & bans 

More Guidance is now available on detailed implementation of the new 2014 Regulations following publication by DEFRA of 30 updated F Gas Support Guidance notes

In addition ACRIB has published two notes: Calculating CO2 equivalents and Guidance on the use of R404A - available here.

The DEFRA F Gas Support detailed guides for users, contractors and suppliers cover the following topics:

  • IS 1    Domestic Refrigeration
  • IS 2    Commercial Refrigeration
  • IS 3    Industrial Refrigeration
  • IS 4    Transport Refrigeration
  • IS 5    Stationary AC and Heat Pumps
  • IS 6    Mobile Air-Conditioning
  • IS 14   RACHP Contractors
  • IS 16  RACHP Manufacturers
  • IS 17   Producers, importers, exporters
  • IS 18   F-Gas Wholesalers
  • IS 19   Customer Screening
  • IS 20   Annual Reporting
  • IS 25   Understanding CO2 thresholds
  • IS 26   Summary of bans  
  • IS 27   Flammability issues
  • IS 28  HFC Phase Down Process
  • IS 29   Low GWP Alternatives
  • Training for Stationary RACHP and refrigerated transport

Download the F Gas Support Guides here 

News date: 8th Jan 2015

What makes a good apprentice?

IOR launches industry consultation deadline for input extended

The Government is calling for employers to get involved in owning and leading future apprenticeship standards. The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), as the professional body linked to the Engineering Council which sets professional engineering standards, is working with employers across the sector to start the process of developing these new apprenticeships for RAC & Heat Pump technicians.   

The help and input from everyone involved in employing or training new entrants will be essential to driving the new apprenticeship standards forward.  An IOR Discussion Paper has been prepared that invites comments on the principles of how refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technician apprenticeships should work. Please consider and respond to this based on your experience of training new entrants and the range of job activities they need to be involved in. Please also forward this to anyone who might want to be involved in influencing the future standards – especially if there are any suitable recent trainees or current students who might be prepared to comment as well as employers you may come into contact with. All views are welcomed and will be taken into account. Please return all comments using the form attached by 12th December.

Employers will need to agree a summary of key requirements and attributes as well as principles of assessment and submit this to Government in early 2015 so it is important that as many views from a wide variety of businesses in the sector are included. Anyone interested in the future of training and skills in the RACHP sector can join the Apprenticeship Stakeholder list so that they are kept informed progress in this area. Please contact us if you would like to join the stakeholder group – whether you are an employer or trainer - with a named contact and their email address for future correspondence.

Download the Discussion Paper on Apprenticeship Standard here

News date: 3rd Dec 2014

Guide to new leak checking requirements based on co2e

ACRIB has published this guide to GWP values under the 2014 F Gas Regulation. One of the requirements of the new regulation relates to leak check requirements which are based upon the GWP CO2 equivalent Tonnes (instead of quantity of refrigerant). This means that the threshold level for leak checking different refrigerants will vary dependent upon the GWP of the refrigerant that is used. Download the guidance for more information and a handy reference - DOWNLOAD

News date: 10th Jun 2014

F Gas Regulation finally published in Europe

UK draft enforcement regulations now awaited

ACRIB representing UK refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in the UK has confirmed the publication this week of the new F Gas Regulation in the Official Journal on 20th May 2014 (web link ). 

 This means that the existing F Gas Regulation will be repealed; the new Regulation enters into force on the 9th June and begins to take effect from the 1st January 2015. This was followed by publication of The European Commission’s notice to producers and importers of HFCs and new entrants - one of the most critical elements of the new regulation in that it sets the rules for HFC quota allocations and managing the HFC Phase Down. The notice set application deadlines and describes the procedure that importers and producers, including the new entrants, have to follow in order to be eligible to receive quota from the Commission. The notice confirms that placing on the market of these substances needs to be accounted for in the quota system laid down in the Regulation. More information is available at

This is the culmination of many years of intensive work collecting feedback from industry, submitting responses to the Commission consultations and liaising with UK Government representatives. ACRIB are pleased to see that many of our recommendations were taken up and that elements of the new regulation will strengthen areas identified by UK industry as weak in the original regulation.

The phase down and limited bans for certain applications will provide certainty for the industry to move forward with choices for new systems, given the impending R22 phase out. However, work will continue to clarify definitions and requirements and to increase awareness of the changes and updates will be posted regularly on this website. Implementation acts will be announced and official guidance is expected in the coming months. In response to demand from industry ACRIB will be holding a conference on 11th November in London to review these changes and provide a summary of guidance available. 

News date: 28th May 2014

Revised F Gas Regulation finalised in Europe

The press release below has been issued by the EU

Luxembourg, 14 April 2014 - Council adopts regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases

The Council today adopted the regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) (PECOS 1/14, PE-COS 1/14 COR 1, 7929/14 ADD 1). The new regulation will allow to reduce F-gas emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. The use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will be banned where viable and more climate-friendly alternatives are readily available. The new regulation will not only contribute to the achievement of the EU climate and environmental objectives, but it will also create business opportunities for EU companies on the market for alternative technologies.

The regulation is aimed at protecting the environment by reducing emissions of F-gases. It establishes rules regarding containment, use, recovery and destruction of those gases. In addition, the new law imposes conditions on the placing on the market of products and equipment containing or relying upon F-gases, whilst setting out quantitative limits for the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).

The regulation also introduces bans on the placing on the market of the following products:

– domestic refrigerators and freezers containing HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or more as from 1 January 2015;

– refrigerators and freezers for commercial use containing HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020, and containing HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2022;

– stationary refrigeration equipment that contains or relies upon for its functioning HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020;

– centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW or more that contain or rely upon their functioning, fluorinated gases with a GWP of 150 or more, from 1 January 2022;

– movable room air-conditioning appliances that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2020;

– single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of F-gases that contain F-gases with a GWP of 750 or more from 1 January 2025;

– foams that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more, extruded polystyrene from 1 January 2020 and other foams 1 January 2023; and

– technical aerosols that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2018.

The regulation introduces a phase-down mechanism involving a gradually declining cap on the total placement of bulk HFCs (in tonnes of CO2 equivalent) on the market in the EU with a freeze in 2015, followed by a first reduction in 2016-2017 and reaching 21 % of the levels sold in 2009-12 by 2030.

The Regulation will apply from 1 January 2015.

The text of the regulation is available from

News date: 15th Apr 2014

Selecting copper tube and fittings - new IOR Guidance now available

joint publication IOR and BRA

The IOR and BRA technical groups have joined forces to provide definitive guidance on selecting copper tube and fittings for refrigeration and air conditioning systems with air cooled condensers. The guidance will help designers to comply with the safety requriements of EN378-2:2008 and updates the IOR Guidance Note 8 “Designing for new refrigerants”.  Previous guidance available from wholesalers and others was based on a variety of different industry and international manufacturing standards. This guidance will help to reconcile calculations and clarify the industry standards to be used, thus bringing the UK into line with European Practice.

The free guidance note can be downloaded here 

News date: 18th Mar 2014

IOR contributes to international informatory note on leakage

In January the IOR contributed to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) Informatory Note on Refrigeration Technologies entitled “Containment of Refrigerants within RAC and Heat Pump Systems”. The note gives information on the impact of leakage, why containment is important, where and how leakage can be reduced as well as signposting the legislation and initiatives that have been developed to help improve containment. It is published by the IIR which is an independent intergovernmental science and technology organization representing 60 member countries and bringing together technical experts grouped in themed commissions and working groups from Universities and commercial organisations across the globe. More about the IIR can be found at

IOR speakers David Cowan, Issa Chaer FInstR and President Prof Graeme Maidment FInstR gave a presentation on the importance of sharing information, practical experience and resources on this topic at the ASHRAE Winter Conference also in January entitled “Improving sustainability through mitigation of refrigerant Emissions”. 

News date: 14th Mar 2014

New guidance on selecting copper tube

now available from IOR and BRA in joint publication

This note provides guidance on selecting copper tube and fittings for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems with Air Cooled Condensers to Comply with EN378-2:2008 and updates the IOR Guidance Note 8 “Designing for new refrigerants”.

The Original BRA Factfinder No.7 and IOR Guidance notes based on BS1306 covering copper pipe wall sizing calculations were updated in 2005 following the introduction of EN378:2000 and BS EN 12735:1. EN 378 has been updated and the current standard is EN378:2:2008. BS1306 has not been withdrawn however a new standard EN14276:2007 has been introduced with a revised calculation for wall thickness. Unfortunately the design stress values for copper tube were not included in EN14276 which is the reason for previously not updating the Factfinder/Guidance notes. Recently an amendment has been proposed to include the stress values in a future revision of EN14276 and following discussions with the Institute of Refrigeration it has been agreed that this information can now be used in the UK. The effect of this will be to increase the maximum allowable pressure (PS) for equivalent thicknesses of copper tube and bring the UK into line with European Practice.

Download the full note here.


News date: 28th Feb 2014

Carbon dioxide systems and PSS Regulations

new recommendation from the Institute Technical Committee

The IOR Technical Committee has issued an amendment to Section 7.1 of the Safety Code of Practice for Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Systems related to Pressure Systems Safety Regulation requirements. The Codes which are circulated to all members and can be downloaded free by members and at a charge to non members, provide industry guidance to interpretation of relevant standards and legislation.

Under the 2013 revision the Institute of Refrigeration recommends that if a system contains any vessel where the product of the internal volume (litres) x the allowable pressure (Bar) is greater than 250 bar litres owners/users should work to the principles of the PSSR and follow the guidance given in PSSR Approved Code of Practice ISBN 978 0 7176 1767 8 which is available as a free to download publication at

Owners of carbon dioxide (R744) vapour compression refrigeration system incorporating compressor drive motors, having a total installed power not exceeding 25kW may consider that they are, by way of exception 18 of schedule 1 of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), exempt from the regulations.

Generally CO2 systems operate at pressures higher than 40 Bar and consequently incorporate pressure vessels with large amounts of stored energy. Such systems would fall into the intermediate category of the PSSR were it not for this exemption. Owners / users should be aware that the Health and Safety Executive have confirmed that articles 5 & 6 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place the maintenance and inspection of all equipment (including systems) as an obligation on the owner.This may also be applicable to other refrigerants.

An amendment has been issued which adds the revant note to Section 7.1 of the IOR Carbon Dioxide Safety Code of Practice and other references to PSSR Requirements where relevant. 

News date: 22nd Oct 2013

IOR and FSDF DSEAR checklist update

updated version of the checklist now available

An update of this self-assessment form issued in January has bee produced to correct thecriterial regarding sources of ignition in the area. You can download the revised version here.

The checklist is designed to give owners of ammonia charged refrigeration systems a quick indication of whether their system is likely to be technically compliant with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (2002). It does not address issues related to or the hazards arising from the toxicity of ammonia. These are not covered by DSEAR (2002), but they do need to be considered to ensure compliance with the regulations listed below.  This self-assessment is not a substitute for the formal risk assessment required by DSEAR (2002) nor is it a substitute for the annual inspection required under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000). The contents of this document apply solely to refrigeration systems that are charged with ammonia.

News date: 4th Feb 2013

IOR news and publications on the move

mobile version of website launched

The IOR website has a wealth of technical information and publications, as well as news about latest events.  A new version of the site has been developed, optimised for viewing on smart phones.  If you need to check whether the IOR has a guidance note or bulletin on a topic when you are out on site you can easily search with the new site - and get the latest news and details of the next few events.

If you want to create a direct linkon your phone, ipad or tablet, open the site on a browser screen on your mobile device and save it to the home page. You will get an IOR logo icon appear, and you can open this to view the site any time.  The web address is the same at and there is also an option to go to the full site if you want more information. 

News date: 25th Jan 2013

IOR Members proud to show their affiliation

Earlier this year IOR members were sent window stickers to help promote their membership of the Institute for refrigeration professionals. The stickers have been seen on office windows, in cars and stuck to laptop covers - but how are you displaying your membership sticker? Send in a photo of you with your sticker – you may be outside your latest installation, in a training room finding out about new technologies, attending an industry event or working with colleagues overseas. We are collecting photos that show the variety and range of work that IOR members undertake in their various roles. Send your sticker photo and a brief description about your involvement with the IOR to


News date: 30th Nov 2012

Commission unveils strengthened new F Gas Regulation

The European Commission issued a press release today (7th November 2012) stating that the proposed new Regulation aims to reduce F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. It will ban the use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as household fridges. "By limiting the amount of f-gases that can be sold in the EU, this new legislation will benefit the climate and create great business opportunities. Our existing legislation has successfully broken a growing trend in emissions and driven technological innovation. Now that more climate-friendly products can be made, we go one step further in reducing emissions from f-gases cost-effectively'' 

Today's proposal introduces a phase-down measure that from 2015 limits the total amount of the most significant group of F-gases - Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – that can be sold in the EU and reduces this in steps to one fifth of today's sales by 2030.  

The Commission proposes that with the right legal framework in place, EU consumers and commercial users of equipment can drive the change and spur technological development in all sectors that use F-gases today leading to increased market shares for those companies seizing the opportunity to develop climate-friendly products and equipment.

The proposal will replace the existing Regulation and strengthen key requirements. The proposal will be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council for discussion and adoption under the ordinary legislative procedure.

Further information is available from the DG Climate Action, F-gas page: 

EEA monitoring report on F-gases: EEA greenhouse gas data viewer:


News date: 7th Nov 2012

New services now available

not a member of the IOR yet?

Now is a great time to consider joining the Institute of Refrigeration - we have recently launched a new range of services which makes our technical information and news even more accessible:

  • annual CD of Proceedings free to all members including Refrigerant Codes of Practice (Carbon Dioxide, Hydrocarbon, Ammonia and HFC); this years Guidance Notes and Safety Alerts and seven technical papers.
  • webinar recordings for you to view on line of UK IOR lectures (you can even join in live if you cant attend future meetings)
  • e-magazine issued four times a year with news on standards, legislation, technical debates and reviews, good practice guides
  • at least 20 good practice guides for service engineers and air conditioning installers issued each year
  • UK meetings and events where you can meet RAC professionals
  • new young engineers network to help make valuable contacts
  • CPD certificated training opportunities on line (REAL Skills refrigerant leakage reduction), by post (Service Engineers membership) and from attending events (evening paper presentations and seminars).


Joining the IOR doesnt have to be complicated - you can sign-up now as an Affiliate using our fast track on line process which requires only basic information about yourself. We also have a new membership grade and range of services for Technicians (TMInstR) who hold an F Gas certificate and have evidence of over 5 years in the industry at just £49 per year plus joining fee.

Miriam Rodway, Institute of Refrigeration

News date: 11th Jun 2012

IOR membership opens to Technicians

new grade of membership approved at AGM

At the recent AGM the member voted overwhelminginly in favour of introducing a new grade of membership for Technicians - who will be entitled to use the designation TMInstR after their name. The new grade will combine the benefits of IOR and Service Engineers' Section membership at a rate of just £49 (plus a one off joining fee on application). Applicants must have three years relevant experience and must hold a recognised F Gas qualification (category 1).  

IOR President Andy Pearson stated in a letter to members "For the Institute this represents recognition of the important role played by service engineers in refrigeration and air conditioning science and practice; an opportunity to ensure that the most appropriate range of technical benefits is made available to those applying for IOR membership and a clearer point of entry for those joining the industry as a service engineer."

More details of how technicians should apply for this new grade will be available shortly.


News date: 12th Dec 2011

Update your registration details

are you missing out on free downloads?

As a registered user of the IOR website we regularly send you news and information relevant to your interests. You are currently registered as a NON MEMBER on the site. This means you have restricted access to important publications such as guidance notes and technician bulletins. 


Please contact us so that we can issue you a Member password for the site to give you access to the free downloads and discounts you are entitled to. Please state whether you are an IOR, SES or ACHPI member.


You may like to consider joining the IOR - we have specific membership packages for service engineers, air conditioning installers, students and overseas residents as well as an immediate on-line joining procedures for Affiliate members. Find out how you can join now.


If you no longer require access to and would like us to stop sending you updates and news, please let us know and we will remove your website registration details.


News date: 25th Nov 2011

New IOR branch established in Mauritius

The first IOR International Branch has been established in Mauritius by a group representing 12 IOR members. An inaugural AGM took place in Curepipe on 20/7/2011 with the following members present: Mr Bundheea A.N, Mr chaytun, Mr Mubarak, Mr Indra Divesh, Mr Ravising dunoo, Mr R Gerard, Mr Mohun, Mr Desire Neil, Mr Daren, MR Boodhun, Mr Geany, Mr Daumoo.

The following officers were elected:

  • Mr Bundheea A.N - Chairman & membership officer
  • Mr Desire Neil - Secretary
  • Mr Geany - Social event programe manager

The Branch propose holding a conference on 7th September this year and an annual dinner in December.

The IOR is keen to encourage more overseas members to take part in activities in the future.


News date: 26th Jul 2011

New business guide to Refrigeration Efficiency for end users

and free Carbon Trust webinar on running efficient refrigeration systems

On 18th July the Carbon Trust is launching a new Expert in Energy series of free monthly low carbon business guides, web advice and webinar sessions to help businesses save money and reduce their energy use. They’ll be looking at the energy saving potential of a different topic each month from Refrigeration to Energy Management and Renewables. Supporting guides and advice have been written by experts but are delivered in a straightforward, objective and easily digestible way. This month the featured topic is Refrigeration, so although it may be of interest to you to see what recommendations Carbon Trust are making to run an efficient refrigeration system, please do also consider sending on to your customers as the advice will be most relevant to them.

Carbon Trust are also running a free webinar session (open for registration now) on ‘How to run an efficient Refrigeration system’, next Wednesday 20th July, 11:30am and still have spaces available. Again, please pass details on to customers who may find this of interest.


News date: 13th Jul 2011

Retail refrigeration code of conduct launched

Training, Buildings, Containment and Standards all contribute to emissions reduction

Some of the country’s largest commercial refrigeration users are backing the new voluntary code of conduct for carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Produced in conjunction with the Carbon Trust, the Code of Conduct for Carbon Reduction in the Retail Refrigeration Sector is designed to reduce global warming emissions from refrigeration systems by 20 per cent over the next five years.

The working party that conceived and produced the Code included representatives from Sainsbury, Asda, Marks & Spencer alongside specialist industry bodies the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the British Refrigeration Association (BRA). It is hoped that all retailers – large and small – will encourage their refrigeration teams and suppliers to work towards the best practice standards set out in the document.

The Code sets high standards for all aspects of design, installation and operation of refrigeration systems including training, skills, inspection and testing along with containment of refrigerant gases.

IOR President, Andy Pearson commented ““This new Code is another voluntary step towards greater ‘professionalisation’ of refrigeration design, installation and operation.”

The overall strategic aims of the Code are set out for senior managers to convince them of the value in adopting the measures; more practical issues are dealt with in the best practice section for operators, who are focused on day-to-day cost and performance issues; and essential technical standards and specifications are covered in the section for refrigeration engineers. The Code encourages engineers to go for registration with the Engineering Council at Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician status - registration is available through the IOR's (find out how you can register for the engineering council here).

To read and download the Code of Conduct in full go to:


News date: 8th Jul 2011

Free e-learning from the IOR on refrigerant containment

REAL Skills Europe launches Europe wide e-learning

The REAL Skills Europe project, based on the IOR's REAL Zero programme, launched its new e-learning programme this week.  The culmination of a two year EU funded project, REAL Skills Europe e-learning draws on material from Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, Estonia and Greece as well as UK expertise on measuring and minimising refrigerant leakage.  As part of the launch the e-learning, which is IOR CPD certified, is free for the first two months.

Print off a flier about the programme here

Register for e-learning here

Find out more about REAL Skills Europe here

News date: 6th Jul 2011

F Gas deadline brings an increase in skills and knowledge

What does the 4th July F Gas individual certification deadline really mean?

Speaking from a gathering of trainers at the IOR forum on 4th July IOR Past President Jane Gartshore commented on the 4th July F gas deadline – “For many engineers F Gas may have been the first time they have had any formal training or held a recognised qualification. The feedback from employers is that the skills and knowledge levels throughout the industry have definitely increased as a result, enabling contractors to provide a better service and communicate more effectively, especially at engineering to end user level. The IOR is keen to maintain this momentum and is working with industry and training providers to develop and promote ways of achieving this.”

From 4th July this year all individuals working within scope of the F Gas Regulations have been required to hold an F Gas Certificate (ie City & Guilds 2079 or CSkills J11).  In addition, companies need to hold a full F Gas Company Certificate from one of five certification bodies.  Companies who previously held an interim certificate which identifies the relevant qualifications all of the engineers within scope, and who have not yet gained their full certificate will be "identified and followed up" according to DEFRA's F Gas Support.  See for information about the regulation and key obligations.

News date: 6th Jul 2011

IOR issues safety alert re valve failure

Guidance Note available to download now

The IOR Technical Committee has issued a safety alert after discussion with the HSE following a recent incident.  The incident occured whilst an engineer was working on a chill store plant in a food distribution depot. The engineer received severe burn injuries when a significant amount of refrigerant was suddenly released while he was in the process of removing a valve cap from a DN 15 (½”) charging valve. The valve was installed on the low pressure side of an ammonia system. The HSE retained the valve for examination and testing.

Full details of the conclusions and recommendations following the investigation of this incident and available in the guidance note which is free to download here.

News date: 16th May 2011

Service tips for air conditioning equipment

ACHPI publishes new bulletin

Effective service and maintenance of air conditioning and heat pump installed systems is critical to ensure reliability, reduce running costs and prolong the life of equipment -  thus saving the customer money in the long term. ACHPI, the IOR's the air conditioning and heat pump institute has published a bulletin which outlines some common service issues related to air conditioning equipment and details effective responses including blocked or dirty filters, moisture contamination, leakage, gauges, infra red controllers and instruction manuals.  The four page bulletin also has linkes for useful additional information. It is published free to members of the IOR, ACHPI and SES and at a £10 charge to non members. Download here.

News date: 5th Apr 2011

A world without refrigeration?

read this think-piece by IOR member Andrew Gigiel

A few  years ago, IOR Member Andrew Gigiel, wrote an article for the International Refrigeration Committee, on what the world would be like without refrigeration and how important this technology is to modern life as we know it. There has been some recent debate about the importance of our sector which is informed by this useful article.

Download the article here

News date: 24th Jan 2011

IOR offers free membership to students

Take our brief survey and gain one years free membership

The IOR recognises the importance of encouraging the next generation of RAC professionals, therefore, anyone studying a nationally recognised qualification in refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pumps can have one years free membership of the IOR or it's specialist groups.

All you have to do to receive your membership is complete a brief survey which can be accessed by following this link or pasting this address into a browser. It's as simple as that, no catch and no payment.

Apprentices and students can take this opportunity to benefit from  all the IOR has to offer. Please forward the survey link on to any students who may be interested in the high quality information and networking opportunities.

News date: 3rd Nov 2010

Service & maintenance reduces leakage!

news and tips from REAL Zero

REAL Zero is introducing a new newsletter designed for those at the sharp end - the technicians and engineers responsible for the efficient and reliable operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. At the request of employers this newsletter will address reducing leakage through day to day service and maintenance work - simple things from filling in the F gas records accurately to replacing valve caps can make a big difference in the long term. The system operator may bear the legal responsibilities for fixing and preventing leakage but the engineer holds the key to making sure effective action is taken. The newsletter will also feature summaries of industry inititives and additional resources to help tackle the leakage issue. 

Download the first issue here  and register at to receive future issues

News date: 1st Nov 2010

Grimsby Ice Factory named as one of the nation’s top ten threatened buildings

from The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust

The Victorian Society, (  a national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment has named Grimsby Ice Factory as one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales. The building is considered to be at risk after years of neglect. Grimsby’s Ice Factory produced its last ice twenty years ago and the ice-making machinery can still be seen inside this vast and increasingly derelict industrial building. It’s one of the reasons why the building is listed at Grade II*, but it’s also why the factory is so hard to save.

‘There are no other buildings like this in England, but for the Ice Factory to have a future it needs to find a viable use, and soon, before its condition gets worse.’ Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society. Local campaigners have formed The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust with the sole aim of bringing this distinctive local landmark back to life.

Great Gift have stated that the "at risk" category strengthens their determination to find a practical use for the Ice Factory before nature takes its toll. While it is vital that some of the ice making equipment is preserved in context, the Ice Factory is a vast industrial space which must be adapted to the needs of the new century.

Do you have memories of the Grimsby Ice Factory or stories to tell relating to the early development of the refrigeration industry in the UK?  Would you like to help the campaigners save this important historical building that recognises the contribution of refrigeration to engineering and to national development?  Find out more at

News date: 26th Oct 2010

Get involved in IOR membership!

Becoming more active in the network

To get the most out of your membership you need to take an active part in what is going on. There are lots of ways of meeting other members, developing your professional skills and making your views known:


News date: 12th Oct 2010

Become a member of your professional network

guidance on getting more involved

Become part of a network of refrigeration professionals and benefit from free technical downloads, invitiations to meetings, news updates and discounts on publications.

Affiliate Membership is open to any individual with a professional interest in refrigeration and air conditioning. Annual subscription fees are £63 plus a £20 joining fee. You can join immediately as an Affiliate Member on line here. There are no criteria for membership but you will not be able to use the designatory initials MInstR after your name or take part in IOR Council elections. Find out more

Full individual Membership or Associate Membership provides recognition of your expertise and level of responsibility in refrigeration and air conditioning practice. Applications are considered individually based on experience and qualfications by an independent Membership Committee.  Find out more

Student Membership is available to those on nationally recognised courses or undertaking student research projects. Student membership is free for the first year with a reduced rate of £27* per year thereafter. Find out more

For Service Engineers the Service Engineers Section subscription service offers special quarterly mailings with practical technical information and advice for an annual fee of £30* (UK residents). Find out more 

For Air Conditioning and Heat Pump professionals the ACHPI is an affiliated group of the IOR launched in 2009 for those involved in air conditioning and heat pump installation. Subscribers receive special quarterly mailings with practical technical information and guidance. The subscription fee is £30. Find out more 

News date: 24th Aug 2010

Containment works with REAL Zero

analysis of project results one year on shows significant savings

The IOR REAL Zero initiative broke new ground with the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in 2009 when it addressed directly the technical issues related to reducing refrigerant leakage. It led to a series of guidance notes, published articles, new refrigerant logging tools and training courses which although launched in 2009 continue to be popular today. Raising the profile of such a controversial issue as refrigerant leakage and its impact on the environment had to be handled very sensitively. The Institute of Refrigeration was successful in using the research and tools developed to highlight what the industry is doing to improve containment and therefore has focused on improving our environmental image and most importantly reducing our environmental impact.

But how successful has the project been? As well as the main published outcomes there has been follow up research on leakage reduction, two international projects led by the IOR and a series of Carbon Trust events. International and UK recognition of these efforts has been achieved through the Cooling Awards Gold Award, acknowledgement through international organisations such as EPEE and AREA and interest from as far away as California and Japan. But the proof of success has to be measured in terms of real carbon savings achieved.

One year on from the initial research and investigations which underpinned the REAL Zero approach, the IOR has conducted follow up analysis of what has been learned and what actions have taken place. The collated results are very encouraging. Follow up activity conducted in March this year focused on seeking updated information from the original refrigeration equipment sites surveyed 12 to 18 months ago. The sites were asked for information on refrigerant use and actions carried out as a result of their work with REAL Zero.

In total 27 systems at 10 of the original 24 sites were reviewed. Feedback showed that the REAL Zero concept has changed practice on these sites and as a result there has been significant reduction in leakage related to that equipment.

The carbon savings realised equates to nearly 8,000 tonnes CO2(e) per annum, based on a net reduction in refrigerant leakage of 4,900 kg over a corresponding 12 month period. This represents an impressive 43% reduction in annual leakage, averaged across the 10 sites.

“REAL Zero originally projected around 25% improvement in refrigerant use across the sample sites, so these results at 43% have really exceeded all expectation. But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t still more that can and must be done to reduce emissions. The IOR has always seen REAL Zero as a process rather than a one off initiative. The industry is making massive steps in recognising the financial, practical and environmental benefits of refrigerant containment and these results show its commitment to achieving even further improvements in the future.” Prof Graeme Maidment F Inst R, REAL Zero Steering Group Chairman

The IOR REAL Zero training is just one element of the project which continues to gain momentum. Through a series of one day workshops at various UK locations held with the support of the Carbon Trust, we are helping to embed this knowledge within industry. The events are open to equipment owners, service and maintenance managers and contracting companies. The next series of workshops are taking place on: 9th September in London, 19th November in Manchester and 1st February in the Midlands. Registration including the assessment and certification fees is just £50+VAT. So far over 50 individuals have experienced the one day event and worked with the project team to improve our collective knowledge on why leakage occurs and how to prevent it.

Full details of the REAL Zero guidance notes, training materials and courses are available at

News date: 28th Jul 2010

REAL Zero developing skills across Europe

find out more about this new project on leakage reduction

The REAL-SKILLS-EUROPE project has been established as a EU Leonardo Funded Transfer of Innovation project to develop tools and techniques to help reduce refrigerant leakage through improved education and training.  The first project newsletter has now been published and gives an overview of current activity and future work packages including:

  • a multi-lingual website, containing information and tools to help minimise refrigerant emissions and improve our knowledge of refrigerant management techniques
  • a pan-european multi-lingual e-learning education system
  • recognition and certification of training in all participating countries
  • opportunities for individuals to become specialists in reduction of refrigerant leakage

REAL-SKILLS-EUROPE is lead by a consortium of European educational institutions, teaching, membership and research organisations, which perform leading roles in their own countries in training and supporting RAC professionals, research and innovation. They are all well placed to involve a range of stakeholders including the current providers of RAC VET. The project is managed by the IOR as a development of the UK based REAL Zero work.

Help shape this European training programme by taking part in the online training survey.

Download the newsletter now or visit the website to sign up for future updates at

News date: 22nd Jul 2010

Carbon Trust Refrigeration Road Map Launched

download your free copy of the Road Map now

The Carbon Trust Refrigeration Road Map introduces the main energy saving opportunities for refrigeration use in the retail sector and demonstrates how simple actions save energy use, cut costs and increase profit margins.

Developed in association with the Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association in 2010, the Road Map is key reading for anyone involved in the design, specification, purchasing or innovation in retail refrigeration.

Download your copy here (this will take you to the Carbon Trust website and you will need to register with them if you have not already done so to obtain your copy)


News date: 9th Jul 2010

How does a fridge work?

Information for students

Wondering how your fridge works? The Institute of Refrigeration has an education website with information all about the processes which are used to create "cooling" or refrigeration.  At the site you can:

  • explore an animated refrigeration circuit demonstrating basic thermodynamic principles and pressure, temperature and gas relationships
  • follow the development of the refrigerator from the use of natural ice to widespread use of domestic cabinets
  • Find out about the three states of matter and how matter changes from one state to another by researching the gas laws and the scientists who discovered them
  • explore the impact of refrigeration on global warming and ozone depletion and find out what is being done internationally to mitigate this impact
  • find out how the development of many industries and most countries has been influenced, at least in part, by refrigeration. 

Enter the world of FANTASTIC FRIDGES

News date: 17th May 2010

F Gas Training information - 2079 and J11 qualifications

where to go for advice and information

A list of Refrigerant Handling and F Gas Training centres is available on the ACRIB website or you can search the two recognised awarding bodies:

City and Guilds  for Level 2 Certificates in F Gas (known as 2079)

CITB Construction Skills  for F Gas qualifications J11

Full information about the F Gas Regulation and ODS Regulation training, certification and interim qualifications for companies and individuals are available in F Gas Support Guidance Note 5.

For queries contact DEFRA F Gas Support at


News date: 26th Mar 2010

Free training on leakage reduction

IOR CPD material now available

As part of the IOR Carbon Trust funded REAL Zero project, four self study training booklets are now available:

  • Environmental, cost and legal aspects of refrigerant leakage; covering elements such as calculating the financial and environmental aspects of refrigerant leakage and making a case for leakage reduction.
  • Reducing leakage through appropriate maintenance and service; covering system maintenance regimes, how to reduce leakage potential in existing systems and maximising effectiveness of direct and indirect leak test methods.
  • Minimising leakage in new systems; covering relevant system design, installation and commissioning issues
  • Reducing leakage through site specific surveys and advice; covering a recommended site survey methodology, proformas for site audit reports and strategies for equipment owners.

The self study training booklets are suitable for everyone including service engineers and end users.  The first two booklets are available free of charge as downloads. There is also an option to take on line assessments and apply for an IOR CPD (continuous professional development) Certificate. End users interested in using the services of someone who is familiar with the REAL Zero approach to leakage reduction and has passed the assessments will be able carry out an on line search for individuals on the REAL Zero website in the near future. To find out more about the training booklets see the REAL Zero website.

News date: 20th May 2009

FREE IOR System Efficiency Index

IOR project index now launched

The IOR project to develop a simple measure of refrigeration system efficiency has successfully produced an IOR System Efficiency Index. The tool is available for use by designers, engineers and purchasers of complex refrigeration systems, to indicate their comparative efficiency (rated A-D). A set of guidelines running along side the index outlines how it can be used and how you can improve your rating. A Wizard will take you through all of the steps to calculate your proposed (or actual) system efficiency using some basic measurements. This free tool was sponsored by the CArbon Trust as part of its commitment to helping the refrigeration sector improve its energy use and encourage purchasers to make energy efficient decisions. Register to download the index free of charge from this site.

News date: 19th Jan 2007

Route to Engineering Council registration

IOR members can apply for registration with the Engineering Council from December

Members of the Institute of Refrigeration are able to register with the Engineering Council EC(UK) as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician depending on their level of qualifications and experience.

Through a special arrangement with The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), applications from IOR members will be processed by CIBSE. As a licensed body of the Engineering Council UK, CIBSE facilitates the Registration process. They may therefore nominate those who are appropriately qualified and professionally competent for the UK Chartered Engineer register. Applications are assessed against the standard Engineering Council professional requirements and subject to assessments or interviews as necessary.

Registration with the Engineering Council provides IOR members with independent verification of their competence and commitment to professionalism, as well as the right to use designatory letters after their name (C Eng, I Eng, Eng Tech). Standard application fees apply, but the registrants are not required to pay membership fees to CIBSE for their registration to be considered.

For full details and application forms see the Professional Development Pages on this website

News date: 22nd Nov 2006

Not a member of the IOR?

If you are receiving this e-shot as a non member why not consider joining? Members get access to free downloads and sent additional technical updates and discounts on events. Membership is open to all individuals and is based on experience in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump and related fields. For more information about how you can join see

News date: 2nd Mar 2000

Pocket Guides to Leak Testing available in print

Extra copies of the guides now availalbe to order

One of the most popular outputs from the REAL Zero project has been the set of guides for service engineers on leak testing. These colour illustrated booklets are handy and clear and will help focus activity on fixing and preventing future leaks.  

The guides in A4 format are available as free PDFs from the project website at However we have had a lot of requests from employers and training providers for hard copies of the booklets so that they can distribute them even wider within the industry.  As a result we are now able to offer printed versions.

The two pocket guides (10cm x 13cm approx) contain 16 pages each with illustrations of common leaks to look for during leak testing and guidance on how to carry out effective leak testing, checking leak detectors work, and recording checks for F gas regulations. You can see the contents of the guides laid out as A4 publications at the REAL Zero site.

If you are interested in buying copies the Pocket Versions please see the IOR shop below -

To order an individual set of 2 guides

To order larger quantities


News date: 5th Mar 1906

F Gas Regulation free advice service

UK Government helpline can deal with individual queries about the F Gas Regulations and have a range of useful guidance notes at:

Telephone Helpline: 0161 874 3663



Address: F-gas support, PO Box 481, Salford, M50

News date: 31st Dec 1969