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April 2022

Welcome to the Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE newsletter!

1. E-learning on climate friendly cooling solutions 

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:
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For servicing and contracting companies in the cooling and heating sector:
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2. Webinars on sustainable cooling ambition

Join the upcoming webinars of our partners in the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal!
On 21.04.2022 Spanish and Portuguese speaking food retailers and RACHP servicing companies are invited to join a webinar on environmentally friendly refrigeration equipment. The webinar is organised by RefNat4LIFE project partners Sociedad Española de Agricultura Ecológica/Agroecología (SEAE) and Associação Portuguesa de Agricultura Biológica (AgroBio), in cooperation with national RACHP servicing companies, authorities, retailer’s associations and IFOAM Organics Europe.
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Learn more on activities in the Netherlands in a joint webinar on Sustainability of small-scale cooling with Natural Refrigerants in The Netherlands, organized by Stichting Emissiepreventie Koudetechniek (STEK) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Koude (KNVvK), scheduled for 06.04.2022, 19.00-20.30 h. In this free webinar, RefNat4LIFE tools will be presented as well as information on Dutch training and certification for RACHP personnel, energy (cost) savings, financing aspects and good practice examples from the Netherlands.
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3. 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

4. Interview series with our partners 

In this series, RefNat4LIFE project partners give insight into their motivation to engage in sustainable RACHP. This time, we have talked to Thomas Trevisan from Belgian ATMOsphere (formerly shecco) – a global market accelerator with a mission to promote the transition to more sustainable, natural refrigerant cooling technologies.
Claudia Becker (HEAT GmbH): Thomas, how can relevant actors such as investors, end-users and manufacturers be best supported in the transition to more sustainable cooling technologies?  
Thomas Trevisan (ATMOsphere, Belgium): Thanks for this very important question, Claudia. There is a great need globally to transition away from fluorinated substances in the RACHP sector, as well as to improve the energy performance of equipment. This is crucial for addressing the climate emergency and ensuring a more sustainable future. Luckily, energy-efficient technologies charged with naturally occurring substances are already mature and commercially available on the market, so it is really a matter of spreading the word and making interested stakeholders aware of the possibilities and advantages of sustainable cooling.
Read the full interview here

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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