The essential role of refrigeration was cited in a published Activity Report by the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) as key to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In line with its institutional ethos “refrigeration for sustainable development,” the IIR Activity Report 2020 provides a comprehensive overview on how the work of the institute is intrinsically linked to the SDGs. The Report details how the IIR has clearly set its strategy and actions within the framework of the sustainable development of the refrigeration sector. This has resulted in new agreements with various international bodies and the drafting of documents of general interest to promote the role of refrigeration in this perspective. 

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) announced the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provided clear universal objectives for nations across the globe. Described as a “shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” the 17 SDGs are considered the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. 

The IIR is the only international organization covering all refrigeration uses and technologies, such as refrigeration for food and health, air conditioning, cryogenics, heat pumps and heat recovery.