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:
How can the right choice of technology help protect the environment? Which policies can countries chose to enter a climate-friendly pathway? How to reverse ozone layer depletion? In times of climate emergency, HEAT provides advisory and engineering services as well as capacity building for the future. Supporting Germany and developing countries in their fight against depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer, the sustainable transition of the refrigeration and cooling sector is at the core of HEAT’s work. The independent consulting firm, based in Germany, has implemented more than 300 projects in over 25 years, and is currently engaged in 30 countries.
A focus of HEAT is to develop capacity building and training related to know-how on climate friendly and energy efficient technologies. In particular, the company provides emission inventories and mitigation pathways, advice on the development of laws, regulations and standards, and engineering services. The staff are engineers, natural and social/economic scientists.
HEAT runs the secretariat of Refrigerants, Naturally!, a global non-profit association for climate-friendly refrigerants and energy efficiency registered in Germany that will be a key tool for the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, HEAT as the project leader is responsible for the main project management and leads the efforts for the implementation of the different activities as well as the communication and dissemination activities.
shecco is a global market accelerator helping companies bring their climate-friendly solutions faster to market. In the heating, cooling and refrigeration sector, we specialise in natural refrigerants. We believe that innovation, sustainability and business success are intimately linked. Our tagline “Sustaining our Atmosphere” reflects this commitment, while our services and products are optimised to drive the reduction of potent greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances. We work with 150+ clients around the world seeking to advance the business case for Natural Refrigerants. shecco’s business portfolio comprises Market Research (sheccoBase), Public Affairs, B2B Industry Platforms, News Magazines, Events Management, Grants and Funding.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, shecco is the co-lead for communication and dissemination activities. shecco is also involved in all other activities, especially in the implementation of the RAC online market survey, the compilation of case studies for best RACHP practices in the OFR sector and the directory of available RAC training and material in Europe.
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Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN) e.V. is the German Association of organic processors, wholesalers and retailers, representing the interests of the organic food and natural goods sector at a political and economic level. The association participates in the draft of national and international legislative proposals, for example in the enhancements of the EU-Organic Regulation. Furthermore, it is active in public relations and stakeholder outreach. Among its members are producers, wholesalers, retailers, and importers of organic and natural foods. BNN is a member of IFOAM, the international umbrella organization for the organic food sector. The association adopts special guidelines and develops services for its members, e.g. the monitoring of the companies’ sustainability indicators. BNN represents Europe's largest organic food sector.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, BNN is involved actively in all activities targeting the OFR sector, leading on their implementation, dissemination and communication in Germany.
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KNVvK is the recognised registered association of professionals in the Dutch refrigeration and heat pump sector, founded in1908. It gathers specialist knowledge providers, researchers, scientists, trainers, contractors, suppliers, end-users, engineers and students. KNVvK has individual members and company members. KNVvK provides guidance to its members and the wider community on sustainable technologies, innovation, natural refrigerants, energy saving, and encourages collaboration between all parties concerned. KNVvK represents this community nationally and internationally. KNVvK contributes to development of national and European regulations and standards. KNVvK is a recognised partner to the International Institute of Refrigeration IIR/IIF.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, KNVvK is involved actively in all activities targeting the RACHP sector, leading on their implementation, dissemination and communication in the Netherlands and beyond.
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