Refrigerants Naturally! About us


Protecting Our Climate

Refrigerants, Naturally! is a global multi-stakeholder initiative committed to combat climate change and ozone layer depletion. We provide a platform for industry stakeholders for positive change in two fields: natural refrigerants and energy efficiency. Refrigerants, Naturally! actively engages with the business community, political decision makers, NGOs and other parties supporting our cause.

Our key activities are:

  • Create a mind shift: Increase the support for natural refrigerants and zero-carbon solutions among end-users, the distribution chain and global networks
  • Build the right skills: Expand easy-to-access, flexible training on technology options, policy frameworks and markets
  • Facilitate technology change: Accelerate the uptake and further development of climate-friendly technologies

The Refrigerants, Naturally! initiative is recognized as a non-profit association under German law.

Our goal is to promote a shift towards zero-carbon stores in the food retail sector by addressing the following areas in a step-wise approach: 

  • Natural Refrigerants: Only natural refrigerants are used at equipment level, store/building level, and transport level for refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating
  • Energy efficiency: Best energy performance at equipment level, store/building level, and transport level
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: Continuous measuring and decrease of GHG emissions per agreed indicator (i.e. CO2 emissions / value of goods sold.

The initiative will develop a tool-set leaning on internationally accepted standards to enable quantitative and comprehensive measurement of its members’ efforts in reaching defined targets along their transition to zero-carbon solutions.

Refrigerants, Naturally! will explore potential synergies with a) relevant initiatives and labels, as e.g. “Blue Angel: Climate-Friendly Grocery Stores in the Food Retail Sector” or the currently discussed “EU-Ecolabel for food stores” and b) relevant Standards as ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 addressing greenhouse gas emissions.


Join us

Working towards the goals of the Refrigerants, Naturally! initiative will be beneficial for member companies in the following ways: 

  1. Achieving “Future Fitness”: With the switch to natural refrigerants upcoming requirements will be met
  2. Optimizing energy efficiency at different levels will result in considerable economic benefits

How to become a member

Ref, Nat! for LIFE

Our platform currently hosts the EU funded Ref, Nat! for LIFE project as its official project website and will provide space for small organic food retailers to join forces and share information on energy efficient cooling equipment using natural refrigerants.

Find out all about the EU project here:

Ref, Nat! for LIFE