In a recent paper, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) presented dramatic data on the size and function of all kinds of refrigeration worldwide.

According to the paper, titled The Role of Refrigeration in the Global Economy, there are about 3 billion installations around the world. These installations consume about 17 per cent of the electricity used globally and generate a large proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. IIR is right in telling us…