What we do
Refrigerants, Naturally! ...
... promotes a shift in the point-of-sale cooling technology in the food and drink, food service and retail sectors towards F-gas-free refrigeration technologies that do not harm the Earth's climate and ozone layer and to do this whilst improving or (at least) equaling energy efficiency compared to existing fluorocarbon-based technology.
... supports a positive regulatory and political framework for investment in climate-friendly technologies. While the companies are working on different technological options and are at different stages of market implementation, they all share a commitment to eliminate HFCs in point-of-sale cooling applications and a conviction that alternative technologies work efficiently and reliably, offer environmental benefits (including being more energy-efficient than the alternative) and are, or are becoming, commercial available. Refrigerants, Naturally! is open to discussing options with policy-makers that could encourage the emergence of more climate-friendly practices in the future.
Key goals of the initiative are to
- Promote a shift in the point-of-sale cooling technology towards natural refrigerants with a low-or non-Global Warming Potential and a zero Ozone Depletion Potential, that is safe, reliable and cost effective.
- Do this whilst improving or (at least) equaling energy efficiency compared to existing fluorocarbon based technology.
- Provide a platform and a critical mass in communicating with the refrigeration technology supply chain, with other users, governments and civil society.
Each member company is required to
- Publicly commit to the objectives of the initiative.
- Develop prospective timetables to move their operation towards these goals and periodically share their progress with members.
- Make a substantial effort or investment to progressively replace fluorocarbons with natural refrigerants. This may include R&D, testing, financial investment, staff time or public engagement.
- Share technical information about alternative refrigeration between the partners of the initiative via regular meetings, special events/workshops and bilateral exchanges.
- Share data and results with external stakeholders, such as their wider supply chain, their industry peer groups, government decision makers and the public.