ASHRAE Co-organizes International Conference on Refrigeration in Mobile Marine and Fisheries Sectors

ATLANTA, June 21, 2016 — To address the replacement of HCFC-22 refrigerant in the mobile marine sector, ASHRAE is partnering with other international organizations to organize a conference titled “Sustainable Management of Refrigeration Technologies in Mobile Marine and Fisheries Sectors.”

The conference takes place Jan. 11-13, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. It is co-organized by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ASHRAE, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with support from the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Department of Industrial Works.

With 80 percent of mobile marine refrigerated systems using HCFC-22, the worldwide phase-out of this refrigerant must be addressed in developed and developing economies counties, according to UNEP.

“ASHRAE is committed to finding alternatives to high global warming potential refrigerants,” ASHRAE President David Underwood said. “The global shift to new refrigerants (and in some cases return to old, natural refrigerants) means that many new refrigeration investment decisions will be made in the near future. ASHRAE is involved in making these decisions through our standards, research and conferences such as these. This conference will bring together leaders in the field from developed and developing economy countries to successfully implement the transition to new refrigerants.”

This conference examines current practices and future developments in the management of existing systems and trends towards longer term energy efficient, climate and ozone friendly alternatives in commercial on-board mobile marine refrigeration.

The conference technical program will include keynote speakers, seminar presentations, panel discussions and forums and covers three broad subjects:

  • International, regional and national governance
  • Environmental, health and safety management of new and emerging technologies
  • Current, new and emerging practices and technologies in on-board marine refrigeration, including technology management and energy efficient, climate and ozone-friendly refrigerating and air-conditioning technologies.

Numerous topics are identified for each of these subjects. To see these topics, download the conference flyer or for more information, visit For questions, contact [email protected].

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.