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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BIV represents the enterprises responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and repair of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in Germany. It supports the interests of its members in the skilled crafts of refrigeration plant construction in accordance with legal requirements. As a member of the Central Guild of German Trades (ZDH), BIV develops the political, national and commercial environment of its own trade. The officially recognized trade of "refrigeration craftsman" has been established since 1978. The formation of national and regional guilds is based on legislation for the German trades. BIV was founded in Ratingen in 1982. Traditionally, the work of the guilds and BIV focuses mainly on the professional trade. The objective of BIV is to increase the expertise of its member companies in terms of technological, design and commercial quality and to create a positive public image for the refrigeration and air conditioning trade. The continuous increase of technical standards in refrigeration and air conditioning technology, the constantly growing requirements for new applications and the more stringent legal aspects of environment, health and safety have ensured an increased demand for refrigeration plants. To accommodate the big demand for highly trained members, BIV owns seven technical colleges and numerous technical classes. BIV with its Training Committee supports and promotes the development of an independent trade.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, BIV is involved actively in all activities targeting the RACHP sector, leading on their implementation, dissemination and communication in Germany.
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.
In the early 1990’s the Dutch government started the CFC Action program. In consultation with all branches that applied these CFC’s, arrangements were made to implement the international obligations (Montreal/Kyoto). The main objective was to prevent the leakage of CFC’s, HCFC’s and HFC’s from refrigeration and air conditioning plants. STEK was designated by the Ministry for ENVIRONMENT by means of a qualification system, both for companies and individuals (skills), to ensure the implementation of the international guidelines in the Netherlands. STEK has over 25 years’ experience in quality assurance, sustainability and safety in the sector. The STEK scheme also served as a blueprint for policy makers in Brussels and the European Commission in drawing up the European F-gas Regulation EU 842/2006 and its successor EU 517/2014. At the moment STEK is the main exam organization in the Netherlands for professionals in the refrigeration and HVAC business. Since the new F-gas legislation was implemented in the Netherlands in 2010, STEK continued as an independent foundation with a scheme based on proven and certified quality, sustainability and safety. Although the STEK scheme is voluntary for companies in the refrigeration and HVAC business, it still has the largest market share in the Netherlands. Nowadays it includes modules for F-gas (both for stationary and transport systems), EPBD-air-conditioning, CO2, Heat pumps and also a module for (natural) flammable refrigerants.
In the Ref, Nat! for LIFE project, STEK is involved actively in all activities targeting the RACHP sector, leading on their implementation, dissemination and communication in the Netherlands.