In a warm-up to the largest Congress of the HVAC-R sector (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) in Latin America, which took place on September 10-13, the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) began a digital campaign for the event in August. The virtual mobilization involved the iCS pages on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, reaching and engaging thousands of people on the subject.

However, the presence of iCS went beyond the social networks during the three days of CONBRAVA (the Brazilian Congress of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Heating, and Air Treatment). Through the Kigali Project, the organization presented two articles that evaluated the challenges, opportunities, and trends for the public and private sectors in the coming years. “The articles show how and why it is worth investing in high-performance devices,” explained Kamyla Borges, the project coordinator.

It was also through Kigali that the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab joined with the Laboratory of Energy Efficiency in Buildings (LABEEE), of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in an important study. Together, the institutions developed a technical report for the analysis of the adoption of ISO standard 16358:2013 as a reference for the revision of the test methodology of air conditioners. In addition to contributing to the saving of energy and resources, the revision guarantees more accurate information to consumers about the energy efficiency of the equipment, which will help them when they decide to buy.

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