United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with Government of India has launched a comprehensive five-year program to facilitate adoption of low-carbon technologies in industry by encouraging and financially supporting Innovation. One area identified is ‘Space Conditioning’ that covers air conditioning, refrigeration & cold-chain.

UNIDO has graciously accepted ISHRAE (The Indian Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) as a partner in this nation-wide initiative because of the well-acknowledged reach of ISHRAE in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry through its active presence in 41 cities in India. ISHRAE will help connect UNIDO to Industry & Academia to encourage participants to accept the UNIDO Innovation Challenge to develop commercially viable products in space conditioning, refrigeration and cold-chain. ISHRAE has been working with another UN body-UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) to promote the responsible use of refrigerants in AC & R Industry in line with global practices accepted under the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendments.

There seems to be a consensus now in India and overseas that the technical society in India with the best connection and contribution to the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry is – ISHRAE.

The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), was founded in 1981 at New Delhi by a group of eminent HVAC&R professionals. ISHRAE today has more than 12,000 HVAC&R professionals as members and additionally there are 7,500 Student-members. ISHRAE operates from 41 Chapters and sub Chapters spread all over India, with HQ in Delhi. It is led by a team of elected officers, who are members of the Society, working on a voluntary basis, and collectively called the Board of Governors.