Refrigerants for Life

UN Environment OzonAction, American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat are campaigning for the first World Refrigeration Day (WRD), on 26 June 2019 with the theme of:


During the first half of the 20th Century, mankind invented fluorinated refrigerants, based on the advancement of chemistry and mechanical engineering. However, refrigerants were known much earlier but were mostly using ice or other non-fluorinated refrigerants, such as Carbon Dioxide or Ammonia or Hydrocarbons, but with very limited use in terms of residential or industry applications. Over the last three decades, the world realized that the most safe and efficient refrigerants, that were used for decades, are contributing negatively to the global warming and ozone depletion and threatening life on the planet at longer terms. Because of that, industry and governments engaged in a legal and research processes to find alternatives and control the emissions of refrigerants while maintaining the pace of human development and style of life.

The Montreal Protocol is a live example of international successful efforts to combat the depletion of ozone layer through phasing out the ozone depleting substances (ODSs) including ozone depleting refrigerants as well as phasing down the higher-GWP refrigerants as per the Kigali Amendment.

To celebrate the first ever World Refrigeration Day, ASHRAE and UN Environment (OzonAction), in collaboration with World Refrigeration Day Secretariat are campaigning together, under the theme “Refrigerants for Life”.

Whether you are an individual, government, private sector, institution, NGO, etc. you can use any of the following material to join the campaign.

You can download related materials

• Sticker English | French | Spanish

• Poster English | French | Spanish

• Leaflet English | French | Spanish

WEBINAR ON 26 JUNE 2019 - 9:00 - 10:30 EDT on Wednesday 26 June 2019

You can also join the International Webinar on 26 June 2019 entitled “Refrigerants for Life: How Refrigerants affect Modern Life”, Click below to register: