ATMOsphere Japan 2018

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Welcome to #ATMOJapan 2018, a full house with 207 participants keen to learn more about natural refrigerants in the Japanese market.

“We have 207 people here today. It’s the biggest number we’ve ever had.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco

Watch the conference welcome by CEO Marc Chasserot and Global Events Manager Lydia Matthaeus-Wiltink live:

“CO2 is now going into industrial. We’re seeing that in Europe, America, and also in Japan.” says Marc Chasserot, CEO of shecco.

“We’re expecting the Hydrocarbon charge limit to be raised to 500g at the beginning of 2019. That is a big opportunity for Japan.”


Key experts of the local policy talk about regulations and updates from the Japanese market, including representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as well as the Japan Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Industry Association.

“We would like to continue to grant these subsidies, together with your support, to move to natural refrigerants.” — Sho Nakamura, Japan Ministry of the Environment.

“Discussions are now underway to prepare to implement new HFC control laws in January 2019 in Japan, in line with the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment.” — Kazuma Ohtani, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

“The High Pressure Gas Safety Act was revised last year. CO2 is now categorized as an inert gas and it should make it easier for the industry to use CO2 refrigerant.” Tetsuji Okada, Japan Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Industry Association


CEO Interview between Katsuhiko Harada from Nihon Netsugen Systems and Marc Chasserot, CEO from shecco, is live NOW, discussing how end users in Japan are moving to CO2 in the last two years:

“Europe has many unique technology. So our company role is to introduce environmentally friendly technology to Japan.” Katsuhiko Harada, Nihon Netsugen Systems


shecco Japan’s Managing Director Jan Dusek leading this session on stratgic and visionary market trends from key local manufacturers, including Panasonic, Nihon Netsugen Systems, Mayekawa and Food Techno Engineering.

“There is increasing competition between low charge ammonia, NH3/CO2 and transcritical CO2” — Jan Dusek, shecco.

“From our viewpoint, from the start, natural refrigerants should be introduced and promoted.”

“We as Panasonic want to promote natural refrigerant solutions to meet HFC reduction targets. That is our mission, not just our role. It is our mission.” — Shigeru Dohno, Panasonic

“We’ve heard from our customer that our CO2 system has been running without any problems and has a very good cooling performance.”

“Next year by the end of March 2019, our target is to deliver 100 CO2 units.” — Katsuhiko Harada, president, Nihon Netsugen Systems

“We would like to introduce more heat pumps in to the market to prevent global warming. I believe we can contribute in this area especially with high temperature heat pumps.” — Akito Machida, Mayekawa

“We want to find out what different kinds of needs are required by end users in order to spread the use of natural refrigerants.” — Kenji Noda, President, Food Techno Engineering


The most important session of the conference, a panel made up of THE key stakeholders, who are buying the NatRef technologies, the end user panel is co-chaired by Jan Dusek, Managing Director shecco Japan, and Ignacio Gavillan from The Consumer Goods Forum.

Panelists also include representatives from Yoshio Ice Manufacturing Refrigeration, Lawson, NARA COOP, AEON and Ajinomoto.

Ignacio Gavillan from The Consumer Goods Forum is speaking about their three key strategic resolutions, which states, alongside tackling deforastation and food waste, to “install new equipment that utilises only natural refrigerants or ultra-low GWP refrigerants, effective immediately.”

“Look at the depreciation calendar of your equipment, and as soon as you reach the end of the depreciation date, switch to natural refrigerants.”

“As citizens, as industrialists, as professionals, you’ve seen the benefits. Its not an option today to ignore the impact on the environment anymore.”

“Refrigeration technology management is, by far one of the most cost effective climate mitigation strategies today. We encourage our members to have the ambition, stay committed to the decision, stay flexible in the approach, but its doable.” — Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum

“There are problems unique to each country. However it is very difficult for Japanese companies to make their voices heard because of the time difference and language barrier.”

“Here in Japan, the supply chain is now globalized, so sustainability must now be considered. We must now meet higher expectations.” — Koji Inoue from Ajinomoto on behalf of The Consumer Goods Forum, Japan

“We are going to introduce natural refrigerants, so expertise from several different areas is necessary because we need to galvanize and mobilize these resources.” — Haruko Kanamaru from AEON on behalf of The Consumer Goods Forum, Japan

“People do understand the need to make the shift away from HFCs. Even among small to medium sized businesses.”

“In our industry, NatRef options were not widely available in the past. Now CO2 options will become more and more readily available. I hope that this kind of system will continue to be available in the field. I expect this to grow in our industry more and more.” — Shigekatsu Koganemaru, Yoshio Ice Manufacturing Refrigeration

Jan Dusek, shecco Japan’s Managing Director commented that “this presentation [on the installation from Yoshio Ice Manufacturing Refrigeration]is the first time an end user is talking about CO2 transcritical in industrial refrigeration.” Another milestone for the acceleration of natural refrigerants.

Session co-chair Ignacio Gavillan, introducing Mr. Uto as “Mr. CO2”, the reason for this becomes clear in the presentation of Mr. Uto directly: “We will reach 3,500 stores using CO2 by the end of February 2019.”

“We have to come up with a technology roadmap per industry.”

“If we do not starting using natural refrigerants now, we will not be able to meet the future laws and regulations and will take risks regarding the replacement of equipment.” — Shinichiro Uto, Lawson

Ketsuya Miki, NARA COOP

“When natural refrigerant subsidies became available, this had a very favorable effect for us.” — Katsuya Miki, NARA COOP

Watch the live stream from the End User Panel here:

Here are some highlights from the panel discussion:

Here are some highlights from the Industrial Technology Case Studies Session with Chemical Grouting, Nihon Netsugen Systems, Mayekawa, Food Techno Engineering and TEKO:



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