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16 September 2022, World Ozone Day

Welcome to the Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE newsletter!

1. Global Cooperation Protecting Life on Earth: World Ozone Day

This year, the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer, turns 35. On World Ozone Day, September 16, we celebrate the Montreal Protocol, the most successful environmental treaty to date. This treaty ended one of the biggest threats humanity faced as a whole: the depletion of the ozone layer by ozone-depleting gases used in aerosols and cooling.
Under the 2016 Kigali Amendment, nations have committed to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as well – a move that could avoid up to 0.4°C of global temperature rise by the end of the century. The Montreal Protocol and its Amendment are promoting the uptake of climate friendly and energy-efficient cooling technology world-wide.
RefNat4LIFE partners promote the switch to natural refrigerants: the most environmentally and climate-friendly alternatives to the use of HFCs.
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2. RefNat4LIFE at BIOFACH Organic Fair

Project partner BNN highlighted the important role of natural refrigerants and energy-efficiency at the world’s biggest organic fair in July in Nuremberg. In a workshop on „Sustainability and CO2 reduction in food retail” participants discussed challenges and potential approaches at store level, with cooling being one of the main energy intensive components. RefNat4LIFE tools provide information for store owners to reduce emissions from cooling appliances.
Guidance documents

3. E-learning on climate friendly cooling

Are you looking for climate friendly cooling and heating solutions in the small food retail sector? Efficient appliances that help reduce cost and greenhouse gas emissions are available.
Get informed on technical solutions using natural refrigerants, legal matters, the political background and approaches towards sustainable stores with our self-paced free online courses compiled of short modules, best practise examples and quizzes.
For store owners
For RACHP servicing and contracting companies

4. Online: RACHP training database  

Are you looking to improve your knowledge and skills regarding natural refrigerants?

There are many opportunities you may not yet know of: online courses in various languages as well as physical trainings all over Europe, from introductory classes to dedicated hydrocarbon or CO2 refrigeration courses. The RefNat4LIFE online training provider database makes it possible to find just what you need.
To find the right course for you, try it now:
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It is easy to register your own courses in this database, just contact us at:

5. Join the Refrigerants, Naturally! Association

This global stakeholder initiative aims to increase the support for natural refrigerants and zero-carbon solutions among end-users, the distribution chain and global networks.
Refrigerants, Naturally! supports the continuity of the LIFE project and offers a platform for additional projects in the future

Refrigerants, Naturally! supports the continuity of the LIFE project and offers a platform for additional projects in the future

Contact the association at or visit

6. About Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE

Sustainable cooling for Europe’s organic retail/small food retail sector 

Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE is about: 

* Climate-friendly cooling using natural refrigerants 

* Training and certification on climate-friendly alternatives 

* Technical specifications for the use of these alternatives 

Learn more about our project at:

7. Get involved! 

We welcome your comments, questions or suggestions on how to get involved with Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE.

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The Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE project has received funding from the EU LIFE Programme.
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