World Refrigeration Day
World Refrigeration Day logo
Date(s)26 June
Inaugurated26 June 2019
FounderStephen Gill
Organised byWorld Refrigeration Day Secretariat

World Refrigeration Day is an international day established by the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat in Derbyshire, England. Held annually on 26 June, it was created to raise awareness about the importance of refrigeration technologies in everyday life and to raise the profile of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump sector.[1] The day was chosen to celebrate the birth date of Lord Kelvin on 26 June 1824.[2]


World Refrigeration Day was the idea of refrigeration consultant Stephen Gill, former president of the Institute of Refrigeration in the UK. In October 2018, ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) pledged support for World Refrigeration Day.[3] In January 2019, ASHRAE awarded Gill it's John F James International Award in Atlanta.[4] In February 2019, the United Nations Environment Programme pledged support at the UNEP national ozone officers meeting in Paris.[5] The inaugural World Refrigeration Day was held on 26 June 2019.

Annual themes


  1. ^ "About | World Refrigeration Day".
  2. ^ "Refrigeration now has its own day of the year". Retrieved 26 June 2019.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "ASHRAE supports World Refrigeration Day | World Refrigeration Day".
  4. ^ "Steve Gill wins ASHRAE international award". Cooling Post. 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "UNEP-OzonAction support for World Refrigeration Day | World Refrigeration Day".
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  7. ^ "UNEP confirms support for World Refrigeration Day 2021". 18 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Cooling Matters is WRD theme for 2022". Cooling Post. 23 June 2022.
  9. ^ "ASHRAE Pledges Support for World Refrigeration Day". ASHRAE. 25 June 2023.