Refrigerants Naturally! Reductions and Benefits

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Global distribution of natural refrigerant units

Collectively, member companies of Refrigerants, Naturally! have installed more than 7.25 million units using natural refrigerants – both in developing and industrialised countries. This sums up to around 43.5 million tonnes of avoided CO2. This is the equivalent of the emissions of more than 8.86 million passenger cars over one year.

The map shows the differnt regions our members are active in, indicated by color and with the number of units placed in that region.

Making our voice heard: Activities


Our network activities are supporting the global transition to the application of natural refrigerants and to energy and resource efficient refrigeration systems.

  • Therefore Refrigerants, Naturally! engages in promoting international policies for the advancement of natural refrigerants in commercial cooling technologies.
  • The Refrigerants, Naturally! member companies and Greenpeace continuously urged political decision makers to amend the Montreal Protocol to include the control of hydrofluorocarbons. The Kigali Amendment was agreed upon by parties of the Montreal Protocol in 2016. This international agreement uses the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs and was an important step towards the global phase-down of these substances.
  • We participate in climate change conferences.
  • Our member companies supported an early phase-down schedule for HFCs with high global warming potential in new hermetically sealed commercial refrigeration equipment in the new European F-gas Regulation. It is scheduled for 2020.
  • We issue statements to the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, and the Meeting of the Parties for the Montreal Protocol and other important events, such as the UN Climate Summit or to standardisation agencies.


Refrigerants, Naturally! also hosts and participates in conferences:


  • Our initiative hosted a side event at the 8th IIR-Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Working Fluids in Copenhagen in 2008. We presented achievements in natural refrigerants technology to scientists, representatives from NGOs and industry, suppliers, policy-makers and media.
  • We took part in the Bangkok Technology Conference, regularly attend ATMOsphere Europe, America and Asia and are engaged in UN Environment network meeting of ozone officers where we showcase alternative technologies.

The reports to some of these events can be found here.