ATMOsphere Asia 2018

Last updated on 18 September, 11:00 GMT.

Proving Southeast Asia’s strong interest in investing in environmentally-friendly and future-proof solutions, the ATMOsphere Asia 2018 conference brought together many key industry players including cold storage, food processing and retail, hospitality, building operation and maintenance, and urban development experts.

With its versatile programme, covering the policy developments, market and technology trends and the experiences of end users, the conference served as a one-stop platform for all stakeholders to meet, discuss and explore business opportunities.

See you at ATMO Asia 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand on 25 September!

See presentations from the conference here.



Hamzah Priyantoro, solution design director for Indonesia-based Kiat Ananda Cold Storage talks about the importance of using natural refrigerants in the cold chain industry and its benefits to end users including a reduction in operating costs. Hamzah Priyantoro, together with CEO, Ray Soraya spoke about the company’s use of NH3/CO2 technology during ATMO Asia 2018’s Future of the Industry End User Panel held in Singapore on 4 September.
Herlin Herlianika from the Green Chillers NAMA Project talks about the organisation’s work on a certification scheme in Indoensia for training technicians on the safe and proper use of flammable refrigerants.


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#ATMOAsia’s Technology Case Studies session was jam-packed with information presentations from Scantec, Sphere Asia, TEKO, Emerson, Embraco, ASHRAE Thailand & ITC, and GIZ Proklima!

Stefan Jensen of Scantec talked about the latest progress with low charge ammonia systems and its possible applications to the Southeast Asia region.

“There are really no limits to how large a low charge ammonia plant can be” — Stefan Jensen, Scantec

Stefan Jensen, Scantec

“I don’t think you will have any problems doing defrost with ambient air in Southeast Asia” — Stefan Jensen, Scantec

Stefan Jensen, Scantec

Klaas Visser of Sphere Asia talked about #EnergyEfficiency and carbon reduction improvements seen with businesses in the #hospitality sector using #CO2 systems.

Klaas Visser, Sphere Asia

Andreas Meier of TEKO discussed a case study in Germany involving a cold storage facility moving to a CO2 based system as well as different factors influencing the refrigerant market in Europe.

Andreas Meier, TEKO

“Even in Hanoi, #Vietnam, transcritical CO2 can work and work efficiently” — Andreas Meier, TEKO

Andreas Meier, TEKO

“Dealing with #HFCs in #Europe now is like dealing with drugs: there are people stealing it, stockpiling for make huge profits, etc.”- Andreas Meier, TEKO

Andreas Meier, TEKO

Joseph Ahn of Emerson detailed a case study for a #R290 variable speed system in an air-to-water heat pump in #China.

Joseph Ahn, Emerson

André Rosa of Embraco detailed a case study from Brazil where the use of Embraco’s Plug n’Cool hydrocarbon based system reduced energy use for a Mig Supermarket.

“The Plug n’Cool brings #EnergyEfficiency and low noise allied with simple installation, low maintenance and optimised costs. I really hope to be back here next year with our first case in Southeast Asia” André Rosa, Embraco

André Rosa, Embraco

Apichit Lumlertpongpana of #ASHRAE #Thailand and Managing Director of ITC speaks about the use of natural refrigerants in different sectors in Thailand and the use of low-charge ammonia and CO2 systems in the market.

Apichit Lumlertpongpana, ASHRAE Thailand and ITC

Philipp Munzinger of GIZ Proklima spoke about the opportunities for manufacturers of #R290 mini split ACs especially in Southeast #Asia.

Philipp Munzinger, GIZ Proklima


Kiat Ananda Cold Storage, MClean Technologies, Phapros and Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel the Stamford sharing their experiences using different #NatRef technologies during the Future of the Industry End User Panel of #ATMOAsia!

Alvaro de Oña introducing the session speakers

“Basically we do our business while taking care of humanity, the environment and taking care of the business all together in one. For some they say it is not easy but believe me it can be done” — Ray Soraya, Kiat Ananda Cold Storage

Ray Soraya, Kiat Ananda Cold Storage

“I believe everyone here knows we have our own responsibility to look towards creating a better environment” — Jason Yeo Hock Huat, MClean Technologies

Jason Yeo Hock Huat, MClean Technologies

“The criteria we use for investment decisions include not only the initial cost but we must also consider the operation costs which mean energy and maintenance costs” — Barokah Sri Utami (Emmy), Phapros

Barokah Sri Utami (Emmy), Phapros

“The criteria we use for investment decisions include not only the initial cost but we must also consider the operation costs which mean energy and maintenance costs” — Barokah Sri Utami (Emmy), Phapros

“For hotels, its very hard to justify a major investment unless its an end of life project rather than a return on investment project” — Nicholas Mak, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford

Nicholas Mak, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford


Scantec, Sphere Solutions, Beijer Ref, Embraco, Godrej and #sheccoBase participated at #ATMOAsia’s #NatRefs Solutions for #Asia session. They spoke about the latest market trends & developments for the industry, and their future vision.

Stefan Jensen, Managing Director, Scantec gave an overview of the latest technology developments with low charge ammonia systems on the market currently.

“There are two drivers for adoption of low charge ammonia systems — safety through the reduction of ammonia charge and superior energy efficiency” — Stefan Jensen, Scantec

Stefan Jensen, Scantec

Wynand Groenewald from Sphere Solutions talked about how using CO2 heat pumps can significantly reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and even water use in the hospitality sector.

“The benefit of using #CO2 heat pumps is that you are utilising waste. Primarily focusing on generating hot water and putting the chilled water back into the use of the system” — Wynand Groenewald, Sphere Solutions

Wynand Groenewald, Sphere Solutions

“We’re looking at COPs of 7–8 combined when combining hot water and chilled water generation at the same time”- Wynand Groenewald

Inderpal Saund, Beijer Ref talked about how CO2 technology has evolved throughout history and how there is not one solution that fits all and end users must look carefully to decide what is right for them.

“Not one solution fits everything. Look at your options, look at what you want, and then decide what is perfect for you” — Inderpal Saund, Beijer Ref

Inderpal Saund, Beijer Ref

Esequias Pereira from Embraco talked about how hydrocarbons have become widely accepted in household refrigeration and is making significant progress in the light commercial and commercial sectors around the world.

“One of the best pieces of evidence to support the fact that hydrocarbons are the refrigerants of the future is the huge growth of prices seen for #HFC gases since 2017” — Esequias Pereira, Embraco

Esequias Pereira, Embraco

Abhijit Acharekar from Godrej talked about the success the company has already seen with HC RAC systems and its focus on improving its already established trained technician base.

“In terms of #training, from my perspective, #hydrocarbons for us are not the future, it is the present because we already have 600,000 units sold. So our focus now is on training #technicians” — Abhijit Acharekar, Godrej

“Our manufacturing capacity for [hydrocarbon RAC units] is 180,000 units per annum and today we have around 600,000 units in the field without any accidents that can be attributed to hydrocarbons” — Abhijit Acharekar, Godrej

Abhijit Acharekar, Godrej

Jan Dusek, Business Development Manager APAC representing sheccoBase talked about the latest progress of natural refrigerant technology around the world and its applicability to Southeast Asia.

“A lot is happening with natural refrigerants in every Southeast Asian country and that is why we have organised this conference to show that progress is happening here” — Jan Dusek, shecco

Jan Dusek, shecco


#ATMOAsia’s #Policy Panel had Ministry of Environment and Forestry of #Indonesia, Department of Environment of #Malaysia, #Green Chillers #NAMA Project, GIZ Proklima and National University of Singapore on the stage.

“We request from you as private companies to provide us with alternative technologies at the time when the developing countries are ready to implement the #KigaliAmendment” — Bitul Zulhasni, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of #Indonesia

Bitul Zulhasni, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia

“When we implement the #KigaliAmendment, we’re thinking of reducing consumption of R134a in the beginning, perhaps from the domestic ref sector, because it’s already common to use R600a” Bitul Zulhasni, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of #Indonesia

“By 1 January #2020 we hope to ban the import, manufacturing and installation of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment with #HCFCs” — Amy Charlene Wong, Department of Environment of #Malaysia

Amy Charlene Wong, Department of Environment of Malaysia

“We’ve set up a center of excellence to train and certify #technicians because we see that #NatRefs are coming to #Malaysia” — Amy Charlene Wong, Department of Environment of Malaysia

“We don’t deny that #natural #refrigerants will be the future of the industry so we want to properly prepare the industry in how to correctly service and maintain these systems” Amy Charlene Wong, Department of Environment of Malaysia

“If we want to use #hydrocarbons or other #NatRefs, we have to deal w/ the high pressure and the flammability of the refrigerants, so I think every country should prepare for this capacity development especially for the technicians” Herlin Herlianika, Green Chillers NAMA Project

Herlin Herlianika, Green Chillers NAMA Project

“It is not enough to only be a #technician with good knowledge. They have to have the skills, education and competence for handling these new #refrigerants. That’s why we have the created a #certification scheme. Not only training” — Herlin Herlianika

“We think that #hydrocarbons have huge potential in #Asia and especially in #SoutheastAsia and we think that a comprehensive approach can help overcome this key barrier with the lack of trained technicians” — Philipp Munzinger, GIZ Proklima

Philipp Munzinger, GIZ Proklima

“When you look at the building sector and also the residential sectors in #Singapore, you see a big share of energy consumption with cooling and refrigeration” — Dr. Victor Nian, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Victor Nian, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

“The licensing regime for #HFCs [in #Singapore] is expected to commence on 1 January 2019” — Dr. Victor Nian, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore


shecco COO Alvaro de Ona kicking off our 5th #ATMOAsia conference for the Southeast Asian market, with the highest percentage of ATMO first timers and plenty of interested end users looking for green tech.

Lydia Matthäus-Wiltink and Alvaro de Oña, shecco welcoming the Singapore audience

Nearly 30% of the room’s delegates raised their hands when asked if it was their first time at an ATMO #conference!

“The pressure on #HFCs is now having an impact not just in #Europe and #America, but in #SoutheastAsia as well” — Alvaro De Oña, Group COO, shecco

Alvaro de Oña, shecco


ATMO Asia will focus on bringing sustainable and business-savvy natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions to market in Southeast Asia, addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector, and efficiency in warm climates. The programme features include:

  • Policy updates from South East Asia
  • Market and policy trends from key international experts
  • Experience-sharing from local (SEA) and international end users
  • Latest natural refrigerant-based technology case studies in industrial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration and HVAC sectors

See the conference programme here.

Singapore being international, technology-savvy and environmentally friendly — some of the same values embodied by ATMOsphere events, will be the perfect backdrop for the conference.


High-level executives and experts representing several natural refrigerant-based technologies and industries, policy makers, manufacturers, NGOs, academia and end users from many different sectors.

End users (e.g. cold storage facilities, supermarkets, hotels, etc.) of HVAC&R technologies are welcome to attend our conference free of charge.

Southeast Asia opportunity to leapfrog HFCs

The strong interest in the conference is much welcome as Southeast Asia is one of the most important regions in the world due to the increasing need for HVAC&R solutions, due to its climate, growing population and rapid development. Which also presents many opportunities but also challenges.

One of the biggest opportunities for the region is to leapfrog from highly potent HCFCs to environmentally friendly natural refrigerant technologies, which also presents big business opportunities for those in the industry. At the same time, the lack of knowledge in natural refrigerant systems, lack of trained personnel and strict government action (such as Europe’s F-gas regulation) pushing end users to invest in long-term solutions are some of the challenges faced.

With its versatile programme, covering the policy developments in regards to natural refrigerants, as well as market and technology trends in the industry and the experiences of many end users, the conference will serve as a one-stop platform for all stakeholders to meet, discuss and explore business opportunities.

ATMO Asia 2018 Press Release

The 5th annual ATMOsphere Asia conference on natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions for Asia will arrive in Singapore on 4 September, the day before comfort cooling exhibition Mostra Convegno Expocomport (MCE) Asia kicks off in the same city (5–7 September).

With natural refrigerants poised to play a greater role in the global HVAC&R landscape following regulatory changes at global and national level (not least thanks to international agreements such as the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol), Southeast Asia — a warm-climate region with over 500 million inhabitants, whose growing middle class is fuelling increased demand for air conditioning — looks set to play a pivotal role in determining whether or not the world will meet its climate goals.

Singapore plays host to this year’s ATMOsphere Asia, the Southeast Asian edition of the global ATMOsphere conference series organised by shecco to help bring climate-friendly HVAC&R solutions to market. The city-state is known for being international, technology-savvy and environmentally friendly — some of the same values embodied by ATMOsphere events.

Against this backdrop, the conference will serve as a platform to bring together local and international stakeholders with its comprehensive programme of sessions on policy and regulations, and market and technology trends. The programme features an end user panel, case study presentations and several networking opportunities.

Discussions will revolve around bringing sustainable and business-savvy natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions to market in Southeast Asia, addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector, efficiency in warm climates, policy updates from Southeast Asia, and the latest natural refrigerant-based technology updates.

Among the event highlights is a diverse end user panel representing several different sectors, with interventions from Kiat Ananda Cold Storage (Indonesia’s largest cold store operator); MClean Technologies (a Singaporean precision cleaning and surface treatment service provider); Phapros (an Indonesian pharmaceutical company) and hotel firms Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel the Stamford, and Hilton. These end users will present the HVAC&R needs of their businesses and their future plans. In acknowledgement of the crucial role they play in growing the natural refrigerant sector, end users are welcome to attend the conference free of charge.

Other key presenters include Stefan Jensen of Scantec (an expert on low-charge ammonia solutions), Inderpal Saund of Beijer Ref (an expert on CO2 refrigeration) and Philipp Munzinger from GIZ Proklima (an international expert on hydrocarbon air conditioners). Bitul Zulhasni from the Indonesian government and Amy Charlene Wong from the Malaysian government will present their countries’ activities to phase out HCFCs and reduce the use of HFCs, and discuss opportunities to leapfrog to natural refrigerants.

For more information on the event, visit ATMO Asia 2018 website and click here to see the conference programme.