ATMOsphere 2010 Report available

| From 27-28 September, ATMOsphere 2010 - the international workshop on natural refrigerants, gathered in Brussels 170 policy and industry experts in the field of natural refrigerants in order to elaborate ideas on HOW to bring natural refrigerants such as CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbons, faster to market.

The participants benefited from 40 presentations on the technology and regulatory state-of-play of the natural refrigerants sector. In interactive workshops they then elaborated a list of barriers that currently block the way to a broader uptake of natural refrigerants and discussed and formulated solutions to these barriers.

As a result, the ATMOsphere 2010 summary report displays for the first time a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities that the natural refrigerants sector faces with regards to  

  • technology & safety
  • legislation & standards
  • training & know-how
  • markets & marketing + funding & support
  • supply & availability
  • psychology

The second part of the report gives a policy overview on the role of natural refrigerants at UN, EU and national level; the education session focuses on training initiatives that contribute in spreading the word about natural refrigerants with young engineers; the retailers session sheds light on major end-users' involvement with natural refrigerants and the India panel adds the perspective of a developing country with respect to ammonia, hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide.

The report closes with a summary of the technical sessions on refrigeration, heat pumps and air-conditioning systems using CO2, ammonia or hydrocarbons as refrigerants of choice. The ATMOsphere 2010 report aims at keeping its readers abreast with the two-days discussions between industry and policy in a concise and user-friendly way.

The ATMOsphere Report 2010 can be downloaded from:

Source: ATMOsphere 2010 Newsletter, 13 October 2010