Stepping up ambition: The EU F-Gas Regulation under review The EU regulation which organises the phase-down of fluorinated gases in the European Union (Regulation (EU) 517/2014) is currently under review. This process is an opportunity to accelerate the phase-out of HFCs and pave the way for a more widespread use of natural refrigerants. Consultancy firms have carried out an in-depth evaluation on behalf of […]
A perfect fit: Good (organic) food and cool stores Why are natural refrigerants a perfect fit for small, organic retailers? It’s as simple as that: combined with high energy efficiency, they reduce a store’s heating and cooling GHG emissions to a minimum, forming a key component of a store or retailer’s sustainability strategy. The Refrigerants, Naturally! 4 LIFE (RefNat4LIFE) project supports the switch to […]
Dutch Organic Store’s First CO₂ Installation Comes with Four-Year Payback Period Only “Ekoplaza is focusing on natural refrigerants and energy savings and aims to be 100% converted to natural refrigerants in the future.” About the store Ekoplaza (part of the Udea Group) started in 1980 as an organic neighbourhood supermarket in Amsterdam. It has since grown into a retail chain with 83 stores and 39 pick-up locations […]
How technicians can support small store owners - Interview with Matthias Schmitt In this series, RefNat4LIFE project partners give insight into their motivation to engage in sustainable RACHP. This time, we have talked to Dr. Matthias Schmitt of the German “BIV” – the association representing the companies responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and repair of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in Germany. Claudia Becker (HEAT GmbH): Matthias, […]
Interview with Jaime Ferreira, director of RefNat4LIFE project partner Agrobio (Portugal) In this series, RefNat4LIFE project partners give insight into their experience and motivation to engage in sustainable RACHP. This time, we have talked to Jaime Ferreira, director of Agrobio, the Portuguese Association of Organic Agriculture. Claudia Becker (HEAT GmbH): What are the main challenges for the small (organic) food retail sector with regard to sustainable cooling? Jaime […]
RefNat4LIFE Report Highlights EU Small Food Retail Sector’s Emission Reduction Potential The recently published “Towards sustainable cooling in the European organic and small food retail sector – Status, technology needs and expectations” public report shares the first-ever approximation on Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Heat Pump (RACHP)-related emissions within this sector in Europe.   The aim of the RefNat4LIFE project is to promote the uptake of climate-friendly cooling alternatives among end users of refrigeration, air-conditioning and […]
RefNat4LIFE at Chillventa eSpecial RefNat4LIFE took part in the 2020 edition of Chillventa, a virtual “eSpecial” that took place between 13 – 15 October 2020.  Britta Paetzold of HEAT, Germany, as well as Hans-Josef Brzukalla from the German Association of Organic Processors, Wholesalers, and retailers (BNN e.V.) presented the project goals and gave insights into the organic food retail sector as an […]
Dutch project partners feature RefNat4LIFE at refrigeration congress Good news for those interested in climate friendly cooling in the Netherlands: The RefNat4LIFE project will be part of the upcoming online HET KOUDEMIDDELEN CONGRES on 21 September 2020. René van Gerwen from the Dutch refrigeration association (KNVvK) and Wim den Boer, Director of the Stichting Emissiepreventie Koudetechniek (STEK), both RefNat4LIFE project partners, inform about the […]
Webinar from shecco's virtual trade show on natural refrigerants, September 1-2, 2020 RefNat4LIFE was part of the world’s first global & virtual natural refrigerants trade show (September 1-2, 2020). The recorded webinar is available below. The webinar presented the initial findings of a thorough market study on RACHP use in Europe’s small food retail sector. Two project partners shared their views: René van Gerwen from the Dutch […]
Supermarket Symposium at Germany's ZVKKW The symposium focused on sustainability trends in food retail. RefNat4LIFE partners HEAT and BNN were present the RefNat4LIFE project. The full programme can be accessed here
RefNat4LIFE at EuroShop 2020 16-20 February in Düsseldorf, Germany The RefNat4LIFE project was present at BioFach, with our project partner BIV at the ZVKKW booth.