A new project called “Refrigerants, Naturally! for LIFE” supporting the uptake of climate-friendly cooling alternatives among end-users of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) equipment and servicing providers, has started in June 2019. The project is funded under the EU-LIFE programme.
The project particularly addresses end-users in the organic food retail sector. Many of these are individual retailers independent from larger supermarket chains, but they do have a strong potential to grow in urban settings. The second key target group is the servicing sector, providing store owners with the needed RACHP equipment, as well as commissioning, servicing and repair. While many supermarket chains in Europe have started installing climate-friendly cooling over the last years to meet future regulatory requirements, this challenge has not been in the focus of the majority of smaller stores yet.
The project therefore prioritises the building of capacities and raising of awareness among small store owners and the RACHP servicing sector by providing information and training needed to accelerate the shift to climate-friendly cooling.