Promote a shift towards natural refrigerants in cooling and heating appliances in domestic and industrial contexts.

A combination of changing technology, regulating action and developing human capacity is needed in order to meet future requirements.

The Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE project (RefNat4LIFE) aims to promote the uptake of climate-friendly cooling alternatives among end users of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) equipment and servicing providers throughout Europe. 

Natural refrigerants are an alternative to conventional refrigerants which propel ozone layer depletion and climate change. The purpose of the Refrigerants, Naturally! Association is to promote environmental protection. This page will help us to do that as it keeps our members informed on current news. They are also able to stay connected which allows for valuable exchanges about innovative and climate-friendly technology, particularly that pertaining to natural refrigerants as a cooling alternative. By initiating, organizing and coordinating events and activities, our members are expected to take part in actively communicating the association’s visions and goals.


Heat pumps play a vital role in the transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energies, particularly as regards heating. The R290 heat pump, for example, is a leading piece of energy efficient technology and various manufacturers have shown an internet in developing the market even further.

Refrigeration and refrigerants

With 30-50% of the total amount of energy used in stores, refrigeration is the largest contributor to the food retail’s overall environmental impact. Commercial refrigeration is responsible for approximately 1/3 of the demand for hydrofluorocarbons in the EU. High-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants are responsible for 18-30% of the overall carbon emissions in EU stores. Natural refrigerants are therefore an environmentally friendly alternative.