Quarterly magazine from shecco looks at how leading organisations use carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, ammonia and other climate-friendly natural refrigerants to improve and future-proof refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heating systems.
Brussels, Belgium – (December 8, 2015) Germany-based METRO AG, one the world’s biggest food retailers, discusses its pioneering F-Gas Exit Programme and plans to internalise its sustainability initiatives in the inaugural edition of Accelerate Europe, which was published online this week.
Produced by shecco Media, the worldwide expert in natural refrigerant news, Accelerate Europe is the first quarterly news magazine written for and about Europe’s most progressive business leaders working with climate-friendly natural refrigerants, from the colder Scandinavian and northern European regions to its hotter southern climates.
Accelerate Europe is viewable online at no charge at http://accelerateeu.com. In addition, print editions of the magazine are distributed at major European trade shows and to key players in, and served by, the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and refrigeration industries.
In the Winter issue, Olaf Schulze, the man tasked with overseeing the METRO GROUP’s transition to natural refrigerant technology – laid out by its Sustainability Board in 2013 – sets out METRO’s market-leading sustainable benchmarks and describes its journey to reach the target of phasing out f-gases by 2025. Schulze isn’t interested in ‘green washing’: instead practicing what he preaches at home with his family. His philosophy shines through in the company’s bold ambitions to phase out harmful HFCs, limit refrigerant leakage rates and share its natural refrigerant success stories with the market.
Also in the first issue: Accelerate Europe sits down with one of the industry’s most influential figures, Torben Hansen. As all-CO2 system supplier Advansor prepares to farewell its founder at year’s end we hear Hansen’s insights on just why radical ideas are needed for natural refrigerant technology to prevail and the company’s plans for the future from Managing Director Kim Christensen, including smaller store integrated solutions. We take a tour of retailer Delhaize’s Chazal store in Brussels and hear plans to expand its NatRef network to include the adoption of hydrocarbon plug-in units and as many CO2-based systems as possible. On the policy front, the EU F-Gas Consultation Forum highlights barriers for low-GWP alternatives; we investigate Secop’s bid to expand the European hydrocarbon compressor market to the U.S. and China; and Danfoss’ technology for warm climates seeks to turn a new leaf for CO2 technology.
Accelerate Europe’s mission is to advance the continued adoption of natural refrigerants – such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, propane, isobutane, water and air – by informing readers about how they are being used in HVAC and refrigeration applications across industries in Europe.
“Today the European HVAC&R industry is at full speed, driven by the EU F-Gas Regulation and the need to find cost-efficient, safe, low-GWP solutions that won’t be faced with regulation in the future,” said Marc Chasserot, publisher of Accelerate America and Managing Director, shecco. “Behind this wave of innovation are people with brilliant and creative ideas who are designing and using functioning technologies in brand new ways to meet exciting new business opportunities. These are the people, ideas and technologies we want to cover in Accelerate Europe.”
For the last 15 years market accelerator shecco has been active in helping bring climate friendly technologies faster to market. shecco supports over 150 partners worldwide in the HVAC&R sector, where the focus is on sustainable refrigeration, heating & cooling technologies using natural refrigerants. shecco offers a variety of services in three areas: 1) media, including online industry platforms, magazines and a catalogue of dedicated research reports; 2) market development, including market research, consultancy and public affairs services, as well as special international projects; and 3) events, including international conferences and national workshops.