Exclusive interview with ATMOsphere Europe 2013 organizers

By Janet Thompson, Sep 26, 2013, 17:14 4 minute reading

In preparation for the upcoming ATMOsphere Europe 2013 conference, ammonia21.com sat down with shecco’s ATMOsphere Events Manager, Franziska Menten, to get the scoop on what to expect from the fifth edition of this event. According to the organisers, this is poised to be the best ATMOsphere Europe event so far with new features such as a system supplier panel, technomercials, a dedicated heat pump and commercial refrigeration case study session and more.

ammonia21.com: What can we expect from the upcoming ATMOsphere Europe 2013 conference in Brussels and what’s new this year?

FM: This will be the fifth time we are organising the ATMOsphere conference and workshop in Brussels and the main theme will be “Natural Refrigerants – Solutions for Europe”. While the structure is similar to past events, we are introducing some exciting new features such as more case studies than ever before with a dedicated session for heat pumps and one for commercial refrigeration. Additional novelties are the technomercials organised by industry leading suppliers and side events featuring some of the latest natural refrigerant publications. Some of our speakers will use ATMOsphere Europe 2013 as a platform to make industry changing announcements. And not to forget that we have more and new key end users such as EDEKA, Sainsbury’s, Delhaize, Co-op UK, Marks & Spencer, Metro, Coca-Cola and Red Bull, who will be attending and/or speaking at the ATMOsphere conference. The participant list is already almost full, a great reflection of attendee satisfaction with past events. Overall, we are expecting this to be the best ATMOsphere Europe we’ve ever organised.

ammonia21.com: The new proposed F-Gas regulation is one of the hot topics here in Europe. Will you cover this issue as well?

FM: This is for sure one of the main topics on the first day of the conference. After the proposed revision of the current F-Gas Regulation from the European Commission and the proposed amendments by the European Parliament Environment Committee, it is now in the hands of the EU Member States to agree on a common language with the European Parliament on the final text of the Regulation. With the F-Gas session and Panel debate, we will have the key stakeholders involved in the discussion from the European Commission, European Parliament and member state governments on stage, as well as representatives from the NGO and association side. ATMOsphere Europe will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the content of the regulation, its latest updates and even discuss the proposed legal text with the people that are actually influencing it.

ammonia21.com: How has ATMOsphere Europe evolved over the years and what’s new this year?

FM: Since the first ATMOsphere event was held in Brussels in 2009, the conference series has become truly international, in its participant base and its locations. Two successful ATMOsphere North Americas in Washington DC also show the progress and growing interest in the US, Canada and Mexico in regards to natural refrigerants. This especially applies to commercial refrigeration using CO2, but also to light commercial and household refrigerators using hydrocarbons and some innovations with ammonia, not just in industrial refrigeration but also in commercial applications. Now, we are already planning the next ATMOsphere America, this time in San Francisco. To cater to the increasing demand in the South East Asian region and Japan, we will be organizing, for the first time, an ATMOsphere Asia conference in Tokyo from 3-5 February 2014. Also, the UNIDO ATMOsphere conference we organised in Vienna this year showed a big potential for natural solutions in developing countries that have to find alternatives to all their HCFC systems.

ammonia21.com: Where can people find out more about ATMOsphere Europe or events around the globe?

FM: All information about ATMOsphere Europe and any other ATMOsphere events can be found on ATMO.org. This includes programmes, media kits, speaker biographies, news articles, information about accommodation etc. After each event, presentations, pictures and event summary reports are also posted so that those who were unable to attend the event can still obtain basic information about the conference topics and conclusions. For additional questions, the ATMOsphere team is always available at info@ATMO.org.

ammonia21.com: For you, what is the ‘x’ factor that has been key to the success of shecco’s ATMOsphere events and the unique ‘ATMOsphere’ experience?

FM: While there are many factors that contribute to the success of the ATMOsphere conference series, one of the key reasons these events have been such a hit is that there is no other event like it in this industry. The conferences provide a unique blend of policy, technology, end users, market analysis, networking, small exhibitions and workshops all geared exclusively towards natural refrigerants. There was a need for this type of event within the natural refrigerant industry and our company shecco filled it. The enthusiasm of participants, speakers and the shecco team is what makes the event more than just an educational or networking function; it makes it a truly enjoyable gathering that people really look forward to.

About ATMOsphere Europe 2013
15 & 16 October 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Le Palace Hotel in Brussels, Belgium

The 5th annual ATMOsphere Europe conference brings together around 200 participants including leading suppliers, end-users, government representatives, associations and more. In addition to sessions on policy and market trends, the event covers a range of natural refrigerant applications, with panel discussions and case study session for heat pumps, industrial, commercial & transport refrigeration, air conditioning and other applications.

View full ATMOsphere Europe 2013 programme: www.ATMO.org/europe2013/programme

Register for ATMOsphere Europe 2013

For general information about the conference, please visit www.ATMO.org/europe2013


By Janet Thompson

Sep 26, 2013, 17:14

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