On November 30th, Paris was the meeting place for the International Special Issue’s historical editors: Centro Studi Galileo, the United Nations Environment Programme – OzonAction and the International Institute of Refrigeration. Director General Mr Marco Buoni, further as AREA President, discussed the next steps of the international Training Curriculum prepared in cooperation with UNEP, which will serve as future basis for refrigerants’ management courses worldwide.

The meeting continued in IIF-IIR’s premises in Paris, where the Issue’s 2022 Outline was perfectioned and where, additionally and traditionally, Mr Buoni interviewed the Director General Mr Coulomb, on a series of current topics that arise big interest among the public, such as the latest COP26 Summit on climate change, the elimination of high-GWP refrigerant gases and the concerning impact on climate. The strong collaboration that joins CSG and IIF-IIR has been strong for over 30 years; in particular, it counts on the relentless work of the two Directors Mr Buoni and Mr Coulomb, since their first meeting back in 2004 in Glasgow.

The International Special Issue will reach its 9th edition in 2022; having started in 2006, the publication was a big success throughout the years, gathering a big consent among 197 UN Countries’ representatives (Heads of States, Ministers, National Ozone Officers, etc.) who periodically receive their copy at UNEP official meetings, such as Montreal Protocol and Climate Change conferences (MOP and COP).  

The publication always features the forewords by relevant personalities, such as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, the Italian Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Director General of the International Institute of Refrigeration. It is further published under the Auspices of the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition.

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The magazine will be published in soft and hard copy; it will feature around 20 articles, 2 per each sub-section, covering a whole range of topical and crucial subjects (e.g. the Kigali Amendment, the latest technological options available, alternative refrigerants, not-in-kind technologies, renewable energy options, energy efficiency, the cold chain…); being issued in such a sensitive time, it will adjust its format to meet the most recent needs for a multimedial approach, including a digital version that will feature videos, pop-up contents (e.g. graphs, charts, images…), QR codes, further material, etc.

The invited authors always have a significant technical expertise in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pumps and renewables; they could be part of associations, government organizations, universities, research centers, institutes… the main editors pay attention to a fair balance (gender, geographical origin) of the contributions.

The latest International Special Issue, released in 2019 and presented in MOP31 (31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome, Italy – November 2019), as well as in and in COP25 (Conference of the Parties and Climate Change in Madrid, Spain – December 2019) is available for consultation and download at: