The Ref, Nat! for LIFE project engages in 5 main actions:
A quantitative desk research, an online survey to European OFR, qualitative interviews and a stock modelling with on-site visits to extrapolate data on refrigeration and air-conditioning refrigerant quantities, system types, average efficiencies will be provided
The online platform will be the go-to meeting point for OFR/small retail decision makers, RAC suppliers and other stakeholders. It will provide a directory of available RAC training and material in Europe and beyond; best practice, policy and standards guides; technology needs assessment checklists for contractors and case studies. The platform will lay the foundation for a “Ref, Nat!” leader group to take the concept further.
A database will be developed to quantify the savings from direct and indirect emissions from new RAC equipment. EU Ecolabel criteria for sustainable food retail stores will be revised for small store concepts; and existing sustainability monitors adapted with data on RAC units. Ref, Nat! label criteria will be developed based on target indicators to reward those making a stronger effort for sustainable RAC.
Ref, Nat! for LIFE creates an integrated, easy to use, mobile MOOC (massive open online course) platform and two e-courses on technical and non-technical aspects for the RAC and OFR sector. The content will be optimized for self-paced learning with live webinars for a direct trainer-students interaction.
Project results will be disseminated across all phases via websites, e-newsletters, articles, webinars etc.
Raise awareness among end-users and the distribution chain on climate friendly cooling and natural refrigerants through a Europe-wide sustainability platform with a Refrigerants, Naturally! leadership campaign, guidance documents and social media outreach for the OFR sector
Increase the uptake of training on climate-friendly alternatives through a RAC School platform hosting easy-to-access, flexible MOOC e-courses with integrated live webinar sessions on technical policy and market aspects for RAC engineers and OFR end-users; as well as a listing of available training suppliers and material
Improve the uptake of climate-friendly technologies and develop technical specifications for the use of non-fluorinated technologies (partly flammable) technologies through best-practice technology guides, RAC contracting checklists, case studies, policy and standard guides for the OFR sector
Support an effective and timely achievement of the EU 2030 climate targets (for small supermarkets up to 1,000m²) through the F-Gas Regulation, Ecodesign Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive, Circular Economy Package, Heating& Cooling Strategy