Each year, approximately a third of food is wasted worldwide. From storage, to processing, packaging and handling, more than 600 trillion kcal are lost in the supply chain. Additionally, some of the biggest challenges in the cold supply chain faced by Bahrain include traffic delays, temperature abuse, mechanical breakdowns, human error and inadequate food storage.
Furthermore, the successful phasing out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) led to a shift towards hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Though they represent a small fraction of the current total of all greenhouse gases, their emissions are projected to increase nearly twentyfold in the coming decades, mostly due to increased demand for refrigeration and air conditioning.
With the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol – an international effort to phase down the HFCs – approaching a necessity for a major modernisation in the refrigeration system is required.
The challenges facing the industry include:
To addressthese challenges, Technical Review Middle East is hosting the 4th Edition Refrigeration Conference from 25-26 March 2019 in Manama, Bahrain, highlighting refrigeration and air-conditioning challengesfaced by allstakeholders along the value chain.
Cutting-edge technologies that will be discussed include: