ATMOsphere Europe 2018

Last updated on 12 December, 10:30 GMT.

The latest natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions are in the spotlight at the ATMOsphere Europe 2018 conference, with 70 presentations in 17 sessions over the three days.

Key industry experts, including policymakers, manufacturers, end users, NGOs, academics and more have gathered to discuss the latest market developments for natural refrigerants, provide updates on regulations and standards, and showcase new technology innovations.




Follow along our social media coverage from ATMOsphere Europe 2018 with the newest updates on top of the page.


#ATMOEurope participants visiting the Italmark Brescia store and its engine room, spotting FTE transcritical CO2, which is EPTA GROUP’s leading innovation.

Italmark Brescia store
Italmark Brescia store


How do we get #young people interested ? “Its always a matter of eduction [..] you need a great professor [..or] great #school.” “We are going to #innovate.” — Francesco Scuderi, Eurovent Association

Francesco Scuderi, Eurovent Association

“I think we have a huge #challenge to achieve the [HFC] phase-down.” — Andrea Voigt, EPEE

Andrea Voigt, EPEE

In commercial AC: “The lower you go with [GWP] the more likely it will be #flammable.”

“The battle we all have to fight is to get those building codes at a #national and local level [revised].” — Andrea Voigt, EPEE

Andrea Voigt, EPEE

“There is space for natural refrigerant air-conditioning.” — Marco Buoni, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA)

Marco Buoni, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association

“I don’t want to be back here in 20 years time [..] asking the #MontrealProtocol to ban HFOs.” — Clare Perry, #Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Clare Perry, Environmental Investigation Agency

How do we push HVAC? “I think there is a massive inertia in the Industry. I think it will come down to the #political will of the #government.” — Clare Perry, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Clare Perry, Environmental Investigation Agency

Summarising the tone of three-day #conference, this brand-new on-stage debate session will include key #experts sharing their thoughts and predictions of where the HVAC&R sector is heading in the #future! Welcome to the ‘Future of the Industry Debate’!


Peter Rindler of Frigotherm Ferrari talks about #refrigeration plant with high #temperature heat recovery from river #water through double stage ammonia #HeatPump! The plant is running for 2.5 years already!

Peter Rindler, Frigotherm Ferrari

Lars Munkoe of Purix talks about Instant #Green Cooling — Plug&Play Solar-& District cooling. “#Product is suitable for end users, who look at #price, reliability and #savings in energy costs of the systems.”

Lars Munkoe, Purix

Isroiljon Khasanov of UNDP presented the demonstration project for alternative refrigerants and environmentally friendly technology — renovation of a centralised air-conditioning system at a hospital with low-charge ammonia.

“You can do comfort cooling / air-conditioning with #water as #refrigerant.” — Jürgen Süss, efficient energy

Jürgen Süss, efficient energy

Kenneth Hoffmann of GEA, presented #district heating in #Malmö, Sweden, to be 100% renewable by 2030!

Kenneth Hoffmann, GEA

It’s time for ‘HVAC (Industrial, Residential Air-Conditioning and Commercial Applications)’ session chaired by shecco’s Charlotte McLaughlin and Alvaro de Oña with efficient energy, UNDP, Purix, GEA and Frigotherm Ferrari on stage!


“Our #data shows that the #energy consumption in warm climates is the same as in #winter” says Giuseppe Vitri presenting Rivacold’s Multi Connext using #CO2.

Giuseppe Vitri, Rivacold

“Recently, we started to distribute our CO2 #condensing units in the #European market. The market is huge and has different characteristic country by #country.” — Arakawa Koichiro, Panasonic

Arakawa Koichiro, Panasonic

“#Energy savings of Carel’s DC Waterloo system offer 30% of energy #savings and allow advanced monitoring and predictive #maintenance.” — Diego Malimpensa, Carel

Diego Malimpensa, Carel

“We are all waiting the standard uptake to allow a larger charge of #propane in commercial #refrigeration.” — Diego Malimpensa, Carel

Diego Malimpensa, Carel

“There’s definitely a case for #CO2 condensing units as they bring the total #cost down.” — Henrik Christensen, Reftronix

Henrik Christensen, Reftronix

Heat exchanger design can save you space, #refrigerant charge, weight — which #translates into #money. “I am inviting you to #Montreal to visit MTL Cool factory.” — Yoram Shabtay, Heat Transfer Technologies

Yoram Shabtay, Heat Transfer Technologies

“Capacity control optimisation is crucial, it’s the key driver for energy efficiency and is a pillar of our strategy.” — Nicolas Pondicq-Cassou, Carrier

Nicolas Pondicq-Cassou, Carrier

Welcome to ‘Solutions for Smaller Stores & Applicatoins’ session chaired by shecco’s Andrew Williams with Carrier, Heat Transfer Technologies, Reftronix, Carel, Panasonic and Rivacold on stage!


“Why should they choose a #CO2 chiller?” The system is efficient, can heat and cool and can be used with ejector technology. “Chillers with carbon dioxide are a reality.” — Mariagrazia Chinellato, Enex

Mariagrazia Chinellato, Enex

“There are still many barriers [to install] #hydrocarbon units #schools, #hospitals. Standards are not on our side in #Italy.” — Giulia Fava, EUROKLIMAT


At Simonegatto, a processing plant in Sicily, Italy, #Euroklimat installed a #propane industrial system. “The chiller designed and installed by Euroklimat is able to provide cooling for two parts of the industrial process.” — Giulia Fava, EUROKLIMAT


Due to #efficiency of the ammonia / CO2 cascade at certain times of the year the #cold storage company can sell energy from its photovoltaic system back to the grid. “Very low consumption compared to other systems.” — Enrico Zambotto, Arneg

Enrico Zambotto, Arneg

SCM Frigo installed a CO2 TC in a 12,000 sq.m. cold storage facility in Verona, #Italy. “Technology improvement in compressor and components in general are making CO2 the alternative choice to ammonia in industrial applications up to 5MW.” — Mirko Bernabei, SCM Frigo

Mirko Bernabei, SCM Frigo

“Most of our industrial applications are #ammonia.” Now they are working on a new low-charge ammonia project that they recently installed. “The heating [] recovered from the ammonia #refrigeration systems.” — Paul Arrowsmith, Sainsbury’s

Paul Arrowsmith, Sainsbury’s

We have Sainsbury’s, SCM Frigo, Arneg, Euroklimat and Enex on stage talking about refrigerants trends in industrial refrigeration.


“Thanks to the #Emeritus solution, we can save up to 9% per year of #energy savings, representing around 15,000 #euros per year of costs #savings.” — Livio Perrotta, LU-VE

Livio Perrotta, LU-VE

“#China is using CO2 compressors and has big potential for the market development of CO2 out of #Europe.” — Giovanni Gonzato, Frascold and Simone Dugaria, University of Padova

Giovanni Gonzato, Frascold on the left and Simone Dugaria, University of Padova on the right

“Many parts of the world would like to go to CO2, but they feel like they are not ready yet. Our response to this challenge is to provide simple solutions to run, maintain and install while achieving the best results in energy savings” — Francesco Matrapasqua, EPTA #GoNatRefs

Francesco Matrapasqua, EPTA

“There is no one size fits all #approach, you need to look carefully at each application and see what would be the best in that #context.” — Sascha Hellmann, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration

Sascha Hellmann, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration

Starting off with ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Solutions for warmer climates’ chaired by @NTNU’s Armin Hafner with Carrier, EPTA, Frascold and LU-VE on stage!

Day three of this year’s last ATMOsphere #conference has just started! After the breakfast, participants can choose to participate in one of the two parallel sessions ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Solutions for warmer #climates’ and ‘Industrial Refrigeration’!

‘Commercial Refrigeration — Solutions for warmer climates’ session on the left and ‘Industrial Refrigeration’ session on the right.


Congratulations to all our Accelerate Europe award winners! The five awards recognise the companies and individuals that have done the most to advance natural refrigerant adoption.

With over 900 votes received, winners of the Accelerate Europe award are:

METRO AG (Best-in-Sector, Food Retail)

Olaf Schulze, METRO AG
  • Unilever (Best-in-Sector, Light Commercial)
Fabio Roberti, Unilever
  • E.ON Sweden (Best-in-Sector, Industrial)
Kenneth Hoffmann, GEA (accepting the award on behalf of E.ON)
Manuel Fröschle, GEA
Sergio Girotto, enEX

The 2nd Annual Accelerate Europe Awards recognises companies and individuals leading the transition to natural refrigerant-based technologies.

The Accelerate Europe Award Winners from left to right: Olaf Schulze, METRO AG, Manuel Fröschle, GEA, Fabio Roberti, Unilever, Sergio Girotto, enEX, and Kenneth Hoffmann, GEA (accepting the award on behalf of E.ON).


Migros installed CO2 transcritical with heat recovery and parallel compression as a standard. “It is providing very interesting results in terms of energy efficiency.” — Luca Rossi, E. Biaggini SA

“The #development of this [CO2] technology also reduced the #energy consumption.” — Andrea Skory, Migros

The company’s goal is to reduce the GWP of refrigerants by 50% by 2020 and 70% by 2025. “The development of this [CO2] technology also reduced the energy consumption.” — Andrea Skory, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

In #Russia they are aiming to retrofit HCFCs to natural refrigerants: “All of the six [R22] will go directly to #CO2 transcritical system.” — Olaf Schulze, METRO

The F-Gas Exit Program will reduce emissions of refrigerants by 90% by 2030. “This is part of our climate protection target.” — Olaf Schulze, METRO AG

The #supermarket first started working with CO2 transcritical a few years ago. “In 2015 we opened up a new [CO2] shop,” using “heat recovery for air-conditioning.” — Oscar Pesavento, Fresco & Vario

“At this moment we want to open a new logistic warehouse and given the results we’ve obtained over the last few years we think we will have this new type of refrigerant [CO2].” — Oscar Pesavento, Fresco & Vario

“When people ask what is the cost of CO2, I ask what is the cost of not going CO2.” — Alex Kuzma, Woolworths South Africa

End User Panel with leading #European end users working with natural refrigerants just started! Follow our #live updates on @ATMOEvents Twitter account!


Clare Perry and Sophie Geoghegan, from Environmental Investigation Agency and Klara Zolcer Skacanova of shecco, talked about the launch of their report: ‘Technical report on energy efficiency in HFC-free commercial refrigeration’, which should serve as an information source for end users looking for energy efficient HFC-free alternatives.

Andreas Meier from TEKO Gesellschaft für Kältetechnik mbH compared rack designs (past and present) and showed how to increase efficiency with the right technology, know-how and different options.

Matteo Dal Corso of CAREL, described several state of the art solutions for different applications with use of various natural refrigerants, available to end users.

Franziska Menten and Riccardo Savigliano from UNIDO and Marc Chasserot of shecco presented opportunities for companies to join the network of European and international companies for the development of the Food Cold Chain in South East Asia and to expand their business in these markets.


“Regulations are a key diver in this industry to update technologies in the mobile air-conditioning industry.” — Laurent Descourtieux, Fives Filling & Sealing

“The MAC #industry is moving, and we haven’t been forced to move since 1992, which makes it now more challenging in terms of #training.” — Michael R. Ingvardsen, NISSENS A/S

“Though electrification, I’m confident #CO2-based #MAC will make its mark on the market” — Michael Matthias, Sanden International (Europe)

Welcome to ‘MAC — Mobile Air-Conditioning Workshop’ chaired by Charlotte McLaughlin, multimedia reporter at shecco and Marc Chasserot, CEO of shecco.


Silvia Minetto from Italian National Research Council presenting about #awareness raising, technical #knowledge improvement as well as #SuperSmart_EU project at #ATMOEurope.

“#Knowledge has no value if it’s not utilised” — Ingrid Camilla Claussen, Sintef on behalf of #SuperSmart_EU

“By doing #training we learn something about the #market” — Anders Juul, Danfoss

“Whenever we #transition to new things, in our case natural #refrigerants, we need to understand it well.” — Anders Juul, Danfoss

“We as Advansor only have a #language which is #CO2.” — Manfred Mahnert, Advansor

“New #customers, new companies interested in #sustainable refrigeration: you need to train them and introduce them to CO2 #technology.” — Manfred Mahnert, Advansor

It is time for ‘Training Session”, starting with Nicola Pignatelli from Beijer Ref #Academy! “The more people we #train, the better for the market.” — Nicola Pignatelli, Beijer Ref Academy


“Propane is the future of light commercial refrigeration.” — Vicente Guilabert Hernandez, Huayi Compressor Barcelona

“We’ve managed to deliver energy #savings in #commercial upright freezers by 30% using our #compressors.” — Vicente Guilabert Hernandez, Huayi Compressor Barcelona

“Adding the right lubricant for the right technology drives performance of the refrigeration system.” — Alessandro Di Maio, Mobil

“Our #Mobil SHC Gargoyle 80 POE lubricant helped to reduce compressor failure at the Abera slaughterhouse in #France.” — Alessandro Di Maio, Mobil

“The Alchemist adiabatic extra cooler improves the #efficiency of transcritical CO2 systems, even in retrofits and even in the hottest cities of southern #Europe. “ — Michele Vio, MITA

“It is possible to take #advantage of interesting forms of adiabatic #cooling to improve the performance of transcritical CO2 systems.” — Michele Vio, MITA

“We compared three integrated #HVAC&R systems installed in supermarkets in #Spain, two based on CO2 and one based on R404A. CO2 was the most #EnergyEfficient solution by 15% and 19% respectively.” — Javier Atencia Escudero, Tewis

“We work with many of #Europe’s biggest #supermarket chains, on CO2 systems as well as CO2-NH3.” — Javier Atencia Escudero, Tewis

“Innovations continue to improve CO2 refrigeration systems.” — Mads Holst Nielsen, Danfoss

“Innovations continue to improve CO2 refrigeration systems.” — Mads Holst Nielsen, Danfoss

“The cash and carry market consumes about 30% less #energy with #CO2 than with HFCs.” — Nadine Neuberger, TEKO

“I’d like to invite you on a food journey to #Dusseldorf.” New ‘event’ #supermarket in a shopping centre opened on 22 March 2018.

“The guys can use a #smartphone app on their tablets to monitor the system #performance 24/7.” — Nadine Neuberger, TEKO

Next up at #ATMOEurope: ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Latest NatRef Technology Solutions’ session chaired by @NTNU’s Armin Hafner with TEKO, Danfoss, Tewis, MITA, Mobil and Huayi Compressor Barcelona on stage!


“South Africa has a #tax coming up, which is #great, and I love taxes.” — Marie Battesti, shecco

HFC phase down in the USA:“There is real inertia at the Federal level but States are [taking charge].”

“At the State level there is a lot of movement,” with a local group, the Climate Alliance, which is working on phasing down HFCs. - Marie Battesti, shecco

What’s next for the IEC standard #proposal on moving the limit for #hydrocarbons like propane to 500g? “The game is still open.” — Rita Tedesco, European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standards (ECOS)

If you are interested in #flammable refrigerant standards Rita Tedesco from European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standards (ECOS), urges the HVAC&R industry to get in touch with #LIfeFront project.

The #Estonia government will provide 0.6M euros for various #natural refrigerant and other low-GWP #solutions. “We will do a train the #trainer program with DTI (The Danish Technology Institute).” — Stanislav Stokov, Estonian Environmental Research Centre

Stanislav Stokov from Estonian Environmental Research Centre pointed out that there is a language barrier: “Every material that is available in #English we have to translate them so it will be understood by our people in the field.”

Davide Sabbadin from Legambiente made the #business case for NatRefs!

“Its strategic for Italian #manufacturing as we have a competitive advantage. [..] #Natural gas is a long established gas in #Italy while we import a lot the [chemical #refrigerants],” he said.

“We need to overcome #legislation that #prohibits the use of natural refrigerants.” — Davide Sabbadin, Legambiente

“AC has a long process as it has not been able to use #natural refrigerants [due to standards].”

What should be done to solve the #propane hurdle? “We have #innovative technology but it is being able to do this.” — Federica Moricci, @ISPRA_Press

“Even there has been a reduction of 17% of #greenhouse gas emissions there has been an increase of F-Gas due to #HFCs.” (in Italy)

“CO2 represents the main alternative [for #commercial refrigeration].” — Federica Moricci, @ISPRA_Press

The #EU’s F-Gas Regulation is serving as #inspiration throughout the world. “#California called us [a long time ago] and asked us what we were doing and how we are doing it.” — Bente Tranholm-Schwarz, European Commission

The #KigaliAmendment will phase-down HFCs by 80% over the next 30 years. “We are no longer talking about the EU having a very strict policy [on HFCs].”

“Try to stay away from HFCs if you can that’s the message.” — Bente Tranholm-Schwarz, @EU_Commission

Day two of #ATMOEurope conference started with ‘Policy Session’ chaired by shecco’s Klara Zolcer Skacanova: “F-Gas Regulation is the most ambitious in the world [..] many are looking to us for inspiration.”


“We have half a million trained on HFCs and now we need to get them #certified in NatRefs.”

Gambia: “We will train 20 super technician technicians,” to use/install 200 @GodrejGroup’s #R290 split ACs. — Marco Buoni, Centro Studi Galileo

“We do #training around 30/40 places (/countries) around the #world.”

“We have a [global] refrigerant training program,” with AHRI + UNEP — Marco Buoni, Centro Studi Galileo

“When they built first #car, which looks like a horse carriage […].”

“I don’t look at it as a #machine but an introduction of using this #technology.” — Jürgen Süss, Efficient Energy

Jürgen Süss from Efficient Energy told the #ATMOEurope conference plenary that his company uses #water as a #refrigerant. “At the end of this year we will have 70 [units].”

“With CO2 you can get more compact equipment delivering the same [kW] #cooling power.”

“We have been pushing hard with NatRefs at #Dorin.” — Giacomo Pisano, Dorin

“New [HFO/HFC] blends are coming out on the industry all the time [..] this is a strong pain for us.” — Giacomo Pisano, Dorin

“One thing we don’t do is CDUs we leave it to the #Japanese and others.”

“Its difficult to enter the [CO2] #business here because of the volume.”

Biggest growth: “In Southern and Eastern #Europe.” — Kenneth Madsen, Advansor

“4,500 #CO2 transcritical systems in surface and that number is increasing as we speak.” — Kenneth Madsen, Advansor

Opportunities? “If you sell a unit to Eastern #Europe. They want to learn and fix it by themselves.”

Challenges? “It’s hard to get workers. #Training [with NatRefs] is a big deal still.” — Andreas Meier, TEKO

Andreas Meier from TEKO told #ATMOEurope participants that the company has installed 2,900 CO2 transcritical units, 74 propane and 54 ammonia units in Europe, mainly in #Germany.

The company installed first TC CO2 rack in 2006!

“The future? High demand for #green alternatives.” — Fabio Fogliani, Beijer Ref

“Roughly 60% of our turnover is [commercial #refrigeration + industrial refrigeration]”

“We are also developing an internal #strategy to produce [NatRef] units.” — Fabio Fogliani, Beijer Ref

“We are one of the leaders with CO2 in this #industry.” 10,000 CO2 rack installations so far in #Europe. — Victor Calvo, Carrier

“I think #China will go faster than the Europeans. It normally goes faster there.”

“What I did personally for natural refrigerants? I spent an indecent amount on [NatRef] refrigeration trailers.” “They are still running in the #market.” — Victor Calvo, Carrier

Welcome to #ATMOEurope’s ‘Thought Leaders Panel’ where Carrier, Beijer Ref, TEKO, Advansor, Dorin, efficient energy and Centro Studi Gallileo will share their latest success stories, lessons learned, challenges and next steps regarding NatRef-based technologies!


Talking about #hydrocarbon refrigeration, Klara Zolcer Skacanova, from shecco said “This is really the area that #Europe is lagging behind. Though there is portable #R290 with 220,000 units installed in Europe.”

“The biggest challenge is air-conditioning and need for AC will increase with rising #temperatures and growing middle classes.” — Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco.

Skacanova also said that #India has 600,000 split R290 AC units #installed.

“Over 20,000 stores are using #CO2 transcritical #technology. Europe of course is the leader.” — Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco Talking about tech trends for #small stores, Skacanova said there are “More than 6,000 CO2 CDUs/ mini boosters.”

Next up: ‘Market Intelligence by sheccoBase’ where Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco’s market development manager is presenting the latest #MarketResearch and statistics of natural refrigerant #technologies!


“Training is [now] a top priority. Safety remains key.” — René van Gerwen, ENTROPY Cooling Solutions

“The vast majority of future #refrigerants are flammable.” “Flammability is not unique to our #business. We use #flammable substances safely in many other aspects of our lives.” — René van Gerwen, #ENTROPY Cooling Solutions

“Hydrocarbons are one of the major long-term refrigerants.” “Energy wise #hydrocarbons are the most #attractive. You gain 10% energy for like, pretty much for #free.” — René van Gerwen, ENTROPY Cooling Solutions

Andy Pearson from Star Refrigeration on ammonia: “There is a fear of ammonia” based on fantasies not fact. The way to minimise the fear of flammability and toxicity is by lowering the charge.

“There is a point where the charge becomes low enough to reduce the safety risk without compromising on system #performance. That’s the sweet spot that contractors are trying to hit for their #customers.” — Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration

“The increase in heat rejection loss and the large temperature glide with CO2 are actually #opportunities to use this natural refrigerant in hot water #HeatPumps. This is unique to #CO2, and a heat pump is ideal for this — you can use CO2 for space #heating, #cooling, and to produce hot water.” — Armin Hafner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Next up: ‘Technology Trends’ session where industry’s leading experts from @NTNU, Star Refrigeration and ENTROPY Cooling Solutions gave the audience an exclusive in-depth look at the latest technology trends!


“#HFOs are not a preference, not at all.” — Laurent Bataille, Gecina Gecina plans to convert HVAC in 50% of its buildings to #NaturalRefrigerants over the next 10–15 years starting next year.

The key problem for Gecina is that they don’t have space on the roof to put new air-conditioning #technology in their existing #buildings. So he asked the #ATMOEurope how to overcome this problem and retrofit their #Paris buildings with NatRef #HVAC.

“We are the biggest [real estate investment trust] in Europe. We have 200 offices […] and 6,000 apartments in Paris.”-Laurent Bataille, Gecina “We are committed and engaged to a low carbon target” and Gecina wants to make NatRefs part of that reduction.

Brand new session at #ATMOEurope — End User Interview! Laurent Bataille of Gecina talked about implementing NatRefs in #HVAC applications of commercial buildings and his plans to upgrade all their buildings to natural refrigerant-based technologies.


“Our last event of 2018. We brought together 1,318 attendees this year. Next year #ATMOEurope will be in Warsaw.” — Lydia Matthäus-Wiltink, global events manager, @shecco

Talking about #sheccoBase, Marc Chasserot, @shecco’s CEO said “We have worked out over the last 20 years, we have a big [NatRef] #database”.

“The EU F-Gas Regulation has been a major driver for our [NatRef] industry.” “Europe has been leading the way but think about the others who are behind.” “I think the transition to NatRefs [for HVAC] will be fast.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco

“2/3 of our events have been held outside #Europe.” “What we like about ATMOsphere is we are starting to see crossover between our #events. Its mixing things up.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco

Welcome to the 9th annual #ATMOEurope 2018! We’re off to a good start with over 450 industry leaders in the room! “We’re trying to make sure when we have our ATMOsphere’s we have the latest technologies and innovations.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco #GoNatRefs


The store features Epta cabinets and FTE system, which will show a practical example of what will be discussed during the company’s presentation during the conference.

Participants will be able to visit both the store and the engine room. Transfer will be provided free of charge.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory and subject to approval. Maximum 3 delegates per company allowed.


Two special workshops exclusive for our registered participants will take place before the official launch of the conference on 19 November:

  • ebm-papst workshop on fans for refrigeration systems with flammable refrigerants

This workshop will take a closer look at different fan solutions for flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons and serve as a guideline for system designers to select the right fans in respect to safety and efficiency. Learn more & register for free here.

  • SuperSmart workshop on energy-efficient food retail stores

This workshop will discuss the EU eco-label for food retail stores, and at how to remove non-technological market barriers for the adoption of energy-efficient solutions for supermarkets. Learn more & register for free here.


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.

ATMO Europe 2018 Press Release

The 9th annual ATMOsphere Europe conference is set to take place next week in beautiful Lago di Garda, Italy on 19–21 November.

The latest natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions will again be in the European spotlight at the conference, with 70 presentations in 17 sessions over the three days. Over 400 key industry experts, including policymakers, manufacturers, end users, NGOs, academics and more will gather to discuss the latest market developments for natural refrigerants, provide updates on regulations and standards, and showcase new technology innovations. The main conference sessions will be simultaneously translated into English and Italian.

The programme will feature brand new sessions, including an interview with French end user Gecina about implementing natural refrigerant-based technologies in HVAC applications in commercial buildings, a dedicated session on natural refrigerant market trends by sheccoBase, and a future of the industry debate with HVAC&R industry associations.

ATMOsphere will also highlight new technologies, with parallel sessions covering the full range of natural refrigerant applications, from commercial and industrial refrigeration to HVAC and mobile air conditioning (MAC).

Other programme highlights include the Technology Trends session, with well-known industry experts Armin Hafner, Andy Pearson and René van Gerwen giving the audience an in-depth look at the latest trends with regard to CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbon-based technologies respectively.

Another all-star session of the conference is the End User Panel with Nestlé, Woolworths South Africa, Fresco & Vario, METRO and Migros. Some of the other end users in attendance include Pingo Doce, Biedronka, Colruyt, Delhaize Serbia, Modelo Continente, CERN, Renmans, and COOP Italy.

ATMOsphere Europe will also be hosting the 2nd Annual Accelerate Europe Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 20 November. The winner of the Innovation of the Year award will be chosen by a public vote and is now open to all. Polls close at 16:00 on 20 November. To vote, please click here.

The final session is the Future of the Industry debate, during which key experts will share their thoughts and predictions on where the HVAC&R sector is heading.

Pre-event workshops will be held by ebm-papst and SuperSmart, and after the conference a site visit to a supermarket will be organised by Italian manufacturer EPTA.

ATMO Europe 2018, organised by shecco, is the biggest event in the global ATMOsphere conference series and is supported by 55 sponsors and partners. Click here to see the full programme. To register to attend, click here.

Click here to see the ATMOsphere global event calendar for 2019.



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