Sustainable cooling for Europe’s small food retail stores

The Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE project (RefNat4LIFE) aims to promote the uptake of climate-friendly cooling alternatives among end users of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) equipment and servicing providers throughout Europe. 

This website also serves country-specific information for Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

For store owners and small food retailers

Guidance documents

Key information regarding sustainable retail cooling technology: policy, technology, inventory and decision-making.


Self-paced online course for small food retailers: RACHP equipment, legal matters, alternative cooling & energy savings.

For RACHP servicing companies

Guidance documents

Relevant regulations including EU F-Gas, market developments, climate friendly equipment checklists, and more.

Training courses

Find courses and training material on sustainable cooling in Europe


Get informed on sustainable RACHP for your clients.

About the project

The project consortium consists of 8 partners from across Europe, bringing together organic retail associations, experts and technicians of the refrigeration sector and market developers.

We’re funded by the EU’s LIFE Programme to address the EU policy priorities of Climate Governance and Information (CGI) and Climate Change Mitigation (CCM).

RefNat4Life! report

Our public report, entitled ‘Sustainable cooling in Europe’s small food retail’, shares the first-ever approximation on RACHP-related emissions in Europe.

Communication material

Access and share RefNat4Life! newsletters and webinar recordings, as well as our overview flyer

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Training directory for RAHCP engineers and servicing companies

Find courses and training material on sustainable cooling in Europe