Completely updated “GUIDE Europe” tracks developments for NH3 refrigerant use until 2020 and beyond

By Huiting Jia, Jan 20, 2014, 17:02 4 minute reading

Launched one month after a proposal for new European rules restricting the use of fluorinated gases in various applications in the future, the “GUIDE 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Continued Growth and Innovation in Europe” provides a comprehensive overview of latest market trends for HFC-free solutions in Europe. More importantly, the nearly 200 pages long report features results from an industry survey investigating the use potential of ammonia refrigerant in industrial and oth

At least 420 companies are currently active in providing natural refrigerant-based solutions, products and services, across Europe. This is a strongly conservative estimation. But the growing number of organisations involved in driving the market for technology free of fluorinated gases also testifies to the leadership role Europe has taken in the adoption of natural refrigerants. The GUIDE Europe 2014 was needed, as a completely revised update to the very first in the GUIDE series launched in 2012, to visualise the dynamic developments taking place right now in Europe,” says Nina Masson, lead author and Head of Market Research, shecco.
The new report, titled “GUIDE 2014: Natural Refrigerants - Continued Growth and Innovation in Europe”, does not only feature data on the latest market trends for the five natural working fluids CO2, ammonia, hydrocarbons, water and air, but also provides the only specialised and updated business directory listing those over 400 companies working with natural refrigerants in Europe. It hence supports those decision makers – end-users, system and component suppliers, and legislators – investigating viable options for HVAC&R equipment in Europe today and in the next coming years. 
To capture the voice of the European supply base involved in research and development activities for HFC-free solutions, their production and commercialisation, the GUIDE also visualises survey results from 376 HVAC&R industry experts.
It can be freely downloaded or viewed online at: 
Dynamic industry changes ahead
Its launch also comes at a point in time when proposed European-level rules on the restricted or banned use of f-gases are expected to take effect soon. They will determine the direction that HVAC&R system and component suppliers, contractors and training institutes, but more importantly commercial and industrial end-users, will be taking in their refrigerant choice until 2020 and beyond. 
Highlights of the “GUIDE 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Continued Growth and Innovation in Europe”
Among the highlights of this new publication are:
  • European Natural Refrigerant Business Directory - presents at least 420 European-based companies involved in the natural refrigerants business.
  • European Industry Survey – summarises the results from 367 HVAC&R industry experts responding to an open survey running until November 2013. The Survey provides an in-depth overview of natural refrigerant use by application sector and response group, and expectations for the total market share of NR solutions across Europe in 2020.
  • Natural Refrigerants in the European Food Chain / Market & Technology Maps - examines and depicts the market for various options for commercial refrigeration systems in the European food retail industry, a market that is quickly gaining further momentum. For the first time, market maps have also been drawn for the use of indirect ammonia systems in Europe’s supermarkets, by country.  A world map shows where more than 5,000 stores using CO2 transcritical and cascade/ secondary refrigeration systems are located, among them several using ammonia. 
  • Applications of Natural Refrigerants, general and in the European Food Chain - depicts their use in three “ecosystems”: City, Buildings & Transport; Industry; and Sports. A special chapter is dedicated to the use of ammonia refrigerant-based systems in the food production and storage value chain.
  • The European Market Today & Tomorrow / European Supplier Map - investigates the commercial availability of natural refrigerant solutions in the market, by application and year. A European supplier map depicts in which countries most companies involved in the natural refrigerant business are headquartered. 
  • Policy: European & National Perspective - provides an analysis of selected policy initiatives in Europe, among them the new proposed changes to the F-Gas Regulation that have an impact on the HVAC&R industry in general and the uptake of natural refrigerants in particular; discusses best practice policy initiatives at the national level in selected European countries; and provides an example of one national regulation restricting the use of natural refrigerants.
  • Case Studies: Best practice examples of where natural refrigerants (NR) are used in Europe today. This chapter involves a collection of real-life success stories, clear examples of cost & energy savings, environmental advantages and technology benefits of NR systems in the past two years.
Free to all readers
The 2nd edition of the GUIDE Europe as well as the rest of the GUIDE series are available for free on shecco’s publication page:


By Huiting Jia

Jan 20, 2014, 17:02

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