Policy statement

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Cool, cooler - Natural Refrigerants

Recent worldwide efforts to step up climate protection have heightened people’s interest in natural refrigerants, which have been used successfully in refrigeration technology for over 100 years. In the 1950s and 60s, they were displaced in new plants by synthetic refrigerants, touted by the chemical industry as so-called safety refrigerants. Since that time, numerous regulations were passed that unjustifiably restricted competition.
However, thanks to technological innovations and their effectiveness, natural refrigerants have nevertheless become established as an efficient, safe solution for use in a wide range of industries. The most economically relevant among them are ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons – ammonia being acknowledged as the most efficient refrigerant of them all.

Natural refrigerants neither deplete the ozone layer (Ozone Depletion Potential, ODP) nor have a global warming potential (GWP) – like ammonia – or only a negligible GWP. Using natural refrigerants is not only eco-friendly, but also worthwhile from an economic standpoint: The refrigerants themselves are inexpensive and available in vast quantities. Furthermore, they have a positive effect on operating costs due to their great efficiency. Add to that the inexpensive disposal of natural refrigerants once a plant has reached the end of its life – you get a product that is beyond comparison.

Future-oriented, visionary - eurammon

The benefits of natural refrigerants speak for themselves – that is why eurammon has dedicated itself to the use of natural refrigerants worldwide for more than 20 years. Our mission is clear: Since day one in 1996, we have been spreading general awareness and acceptance of natural refrigerants. As an industry initiative of companies, institutions and individuals, eurammon is dedicated to promoting natural refrigerants in the interest of a healthy environment, and to further develop a sustainable approach to refrigeration. We are confident that our centre of expertise, combined with the strong personal commitment of the eurammon-members and our globally connected network, will lead us to a more sustainable, eco-friendly future.

Whether in the food and beverage industry, in air-conditioning, in sport and recreation facilities, the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry, in hospitals or in automotives – refrigeration plants using natural refrigerants have proven themselves as an environmentally friendly as well as an economical and reliable solution for producing cold energy. The European associationeurammontherefore follows the vision of a future where natural refrigerants are widely used in refrigeration and heating applications.


Frankfurt, April 2020