The Tip of the Iceberg podcast - Beyond Refrigeration

The Tip of the Iceberg podcast - Beyond Refrigeration

The Institute of Refrigeration brings you a podcast getting to grips with critical issues facing the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector in the UK. News, views and insights from the business and engineering experts driving innovation and change in our sector. The IOR is the place for experts in this sector, a membership institute and professional engineering association. Our podcasts are hosted by Miriam Rodway, Chief Executive. Our guests are members who are leading the field in all sorts of aspects of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and innovation. Find out more about the IOR at


March 5, 2024 12 mins

In this episode I spoke with a student doing work experience at the IOR discussing how their views - and those of their friends - have changed about the sector and careers now they know more about refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumps.  We talked about what kind of careers advice young people get at schools, what they think of engineering and what we can do to raise awareness of this sector.  If you are not sure about wheth...

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This is our second podcast recorded live from the COP28 in Dubai in December 2023. This time we talked to two UK experts who are involved in the Africa Centre of Excellence, an international project that is addressing the cold chain and building capacity in Africa. Yosr Allouche of the International Institute of Refrigeration and Judith Evans of London South Bank University tell us why international collaboration is key to addressi...

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In this episode I speak to UK cooling experts at the COP28 meetings in Dubai in 2023. We discussed why cooling is gathering momentum as a key part of global climate change talks, what impact the "Cool COP" and the Global Cooling Pledge signed this year by countries including the UK will have, and explore how asking questions in a different way can give us a new perspective on sustainability.  Im joined by Catarina Marques FInstR of...

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This episode explores the issues raised by the IMechE Report "Adapting Industry to withstand rising temperatures and future heatwaves" and how the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industries need to address them.

I am joined by Rob Lamb, Chris Green and Brian Churchyard, IOR members active on the IOR Beyond Refrigeration Environment group. We discussed the need for the new ways of working to ensure resilience and avail...

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In this podcast IOR President Graeme Fox argues the case for heat pumps as a critical part of the net zero agenda. He looks at the challenges of greater integration not just of heating and cooling but also joined up thinking by engineers, designers and policy makers. 


The podcast is an extract of a talk given in December 2022 and includes a question and answer session chaired by Dermot Cotter on behalf of the Institute of Refrige...

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In this episode we talked about the issues around how to achieve the best system performance with Lisa-Jayne Cook of GEA and Ian Fisher of Mattair.   Our experts shared some ideas about what we can learn from the best and worst examples in industrial processing and building cooling.   Some of the topics we discussed:

- whether design or maintenance is more critical to achieving good performance

- how we need to get better at explai...

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July 7, 2022 19 mins

This episode was recorded on International Women in Engineering Day in June 2022 and I was joined by Steve Gill of World Refrigeration Day, Lisa-Jayne Cook, IOR Women in RACHP Group and Sam Buckell STEM Ambassador.

We discussed how careers in Science Technology Engineering and Maths fields are evolving and what can be done to bring more diversity into our sector in order to attract the best people and skills.

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This podcast comes from a panel debate at the 2022 International conference on cold chain sustainability.  Experts from international collaborative projects discussed what the critical factors are for the successful implementation of climate-friendly cold chains in developing nations.  They seem to agree on the need to address wider multi-disciplinary issues and involve Government high-level objectives.  Who are the key players and...

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For this episode we talk about how much this industry has to offer the right people and get some tips from the experts on how to organise work placements and make best use of apprentices. I'm joined by  Jessica Long, Sam Jones and Millie Edwards. They have been working with their local school get pupils involved in work experience placements that contribute both to the business and to the young persons' career prospects.  As part o...

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This podcast was recorded as part of the IIR International Cold Chain and Sustainability Conference held in April 2022 and organised by the Institute of Refrigeration.  

We invited a team of experts to discuss carbon reduction opportunities. Can the global cold chain do more with less, whilst at the same time meeting changing customer demands?  What will be the role of new business models, improved data sources and coherence across...

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This podcast features John Skelton and Richard Parr talking about the future of skills and training in the RACHP sector.  They look at why  everyone is going to have to up their game, as far as skills go, to achieve net zero objectives.  From fundamentals to new technologies, integration to behaviours.  We ask what does the future hold for training and how can we as individuals make a difference.

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In this podcast, we talked to IOR Fellow Brian Churchyard about the complex balancing act that food retailers are facing as they work towards a net zero future.  We cover environmental topics such as the interplay between direct and indirect emissions, the need to look at whole life cycle costs, as well as energy use profiles – and discuss where refrigeration fits in. What are the challenges around finding simple, cost-effective en...

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This week I talked to Graeme Maidment and Catarina Marques live from the largest gathering of refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump experts in the world - the ASHRAE Winter meeting.  Graeme and Cat share what it's like to be back at international events, what they learned about motivation and collaboration, and why they think solving international problems like low carbon buildings, diversity and addressing covid safety, need ...

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February 1, 2022 1 min

A quick introduction to the kinds of topics and people we will be talking to in this new Institute of Refrigeration podcast series hosted by Miriam Rodway our Chief Exec.

We want to know what topics you are interested in so send your suggestions and comments in to

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