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Cold Chain Federation webinar series to focus on energy strategy overhaul – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

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A series of free one-hour webinars will run daily from 16 June to 18 June to address the challenges and opportunities of new approaches to energy use in the cold chain

The Cold Chain Federation will be hosting a series of free webinars later this month with a focus on energy efficiency and the opportunities for expanding the role of renewables across the sector.

Three hour-long sessions will be held daily from 16 June to 18 June to share information on current best practice and innovation in the sector after having to reschedule its Cold Chain Energy Summit until later this year. The rescheduled event will take place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on 18 November.

Shane Brennan, chief executive with the Cold Chain Federation, said the entire sector had been dominated in recent months by the need to protect the food supply chain during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said, “Our members have pulled out all the stops to keep fresh and frozen food moving safely through the Covid-19 crisis. Attention is now turning to navigating businesses through the long road to recovery.”

“The webinars will discuss what the current energy landscape in the UK means for cold chain businesses, showcase the latest innovations, and look at resources available to help cold chain businesses take practical action.”

Mr Brennan, Dr Rob Lamb of Star Refrigeration and Claire Chaffer of Jacobs will discuss how current UK energy policy and amendments to the Claymate Change Agreement may impact the cold store business during the first webinar scheduled to start at 10am on 16 June.

The following day’s session will consider the scope and scale of renewable energy projects in the cold chain. This will include input from Neil Stott of Mypower and Jonathan Gagg of Magnavale. Star Refrigeration’s director of renewable energy, Dave Pearson, will also discuss options available for cold stores to look at profiting from waste heat generated through refrigeration plants.

The final session on 18 June will focus on the role that data and computer modelling can play in improving efficiency in the cold chain.

Details on registration can be found here.

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