On June 26, 2021 a scientific and practical seminar “Word Refrigeration Day and the issues of energy efficiency ” was held in Bishkek, at the Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov. The seminar was attended by representatives of the RAC “Ecoholod” – the association of refrigeration professionals, the Ozone Center of Kyrgyzstan, the teaching staff of the university, as well as students of the Department of Food Engineering.
Topical issues of an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and their role in an increase in air temperature were discussed in the report “Climate Change and the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol”. Meeting the Kigali Amendment commitments of the Montreal Protocol to reduce the consumption of HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases would help avoiding the projected scenario of the increase in global temperature by 0.4 ° C until 2100.
Various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of energy efficient HVRAC systems were covered in the report “Energy Efficiency Issues in the HVRAC”. Replacing existing refrigerants with natural, climate-friendly alternatives is one of the measures which help to reduce the consumption of HFCs, in accordance with the obligations under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Currently functioning pilot projects for the introduction of refrigeration equipment using energy-efficient and climate-friendly natural refrigerants were presented.
The presentation “The role and importance of the continuous cold chain in food industry and trade” described the technological processes of storage, technical means, elements and groups of the continuous cold chain systems, as well as country-specific storage problems in the food industry, trade and medicine.
At the moment there is a shortage of professionals in the cooling industry, thus the training of the specialists of this profile is important. The process of training, literature and coursebooks base, the integration of theoretical and practical training on site, as well as the process of certification of HVRAC technicians were discussed in the presentation “Training of personnel for the refrigeration industry of the Kyrgyz Republic”.
During the discussion, the delegates adopted recommendations on promoting the potential of energy efficiency in HVRAC sector, sharing experience of commercial companies and organizations servicing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, as well as increase in grant spots for education and training, and finally, suggesting a clear distinction of the profession through changes to the Unified Tariff and Qualification Reference Book of Works.
The participants of the seminar were also presented the works of students for the Word Refrigeration Day, and the best works were nominated for prizes in the form of technical and reference books and special sets of tools for refrigeration technicians were awarded.