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Review: eurammon Symposium 2021

The natural path to net-zero emissions:
eurammon Symposium 2021

Frankfurt, 2 July 2021 – Net-zero emissions: this topic is gaining importance in the current economic and social debate and is challenging industry leaders, organisations and companies to find convincing answers and solutions. The eurammon Symposium, an annual key event for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, took place from 14 to 18 June 2021. Around 400 participants and more than 16 key speakers attended the event focused on “The natural path to net zero” and presented solutions based on case studies, facts and insights.

The natural path to net-zero emissions


Net-zero emissions are necessary to prevent climate change and the increasing global temperature. Acutely aware of this situation, eurammon proposes taking action. “Our own sector can play a part in this by moving away for high global warming synthetic refrigerants to natural fluids”, says eurammon Chairman Michael Freiherr. “By doing so, we can reduce the potential for global warming gas emissions through leakage but also have the opportunity to improve energy efficiency.” 

Politicians, international organizations, operators, planners and system engineers – they all came together virtually to discuss solutions and share insights and case studies regarding the natural path to net-zero emissions. The importance of this event is clear, in light of the fact that energy consumption levels for refrigeration and air-conditioning are expected to double by 2030. The core issue the symposium was to address was how efficient climate-friendly cooling could support the energy sector's transition to net-zero emissions. Data was another issue addressed that is becoming more and more prominent – as businesses seek to analyze system performance and strive to ensure ongoing efficient operation to minimize environmental impact and energy consumption. Performance monitoring systems are available that can track efficiency in real time and provide insights into areas where improvements need to be made.

Day 1: Keynote speeches


Each day was dedicated to a specific topic around achieving net-zero emissions. The first day focused on brief introductory keynote speeches, starting with a political policy lecture concerning the European Green Deal. The topic deepened the legal basis of the discussion about achieving net-zero emissions. The next speech examined whether governments’ largely technology-based policies were likely to have the desired outcomes, such as the ambitions of the 2016 Paris Agreement to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The discussion focused on the question of whether the concept known as “decarbonization” was adequate, or just another form of “greenwash”. When urbanity meets sustainability: the last presentation took the audience to the future and visualized net-zero towns and cities, exploring the role green urbanity would play in facing climate change.

Day 2: Supermarkets with system integration of heating and cooling


Day two brought experts together to discuss the topic of “supermarkets with system integration of heating and cooling” in greater depth. Supermarkets across the world are moving to natural refrigerants as carbon dioxide becomes the fluid of choice in Europe. The path to net-zero supermarkets is realistic but will require different levers – e.g. efficient refrigeration systems, smart energy management, continuous monitoring through the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition to discussing R744 (a refrigerant) natural system concepts, including a demonstration of the online platform Frigodata Online 2.0, the speaker touched on the topic of sector coupling.

Day 3: Training in RACHP


The third day of the Symposium was devoted to the topic of “training in RACHP”. RACHP stands for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. The presentations included e-learning programmes such as REAL Alternatives 4 Life to a secondary systems manual. Discussions also explored the importance of good installation practices, the maintenance of high-efficiency systems and the challenges associated with training in RACHP.

Day 4: Temperature-controlled warehousing


Day four of the Symposium showcased innovation and some of the challenges facing the temperature-controlled warehousing sector. Is equipment working the way the designers intended? Every system has some opportunity for optimization, whether it is an existing plant or even recently commissioned equipment. Speakers focused on methods of reducing energy consumption through a mixture of new system technology and software analysis. Benchmarking shows that by focusing on improving energy consumption, it is possible to reduce consumption by as much as 88% compared to the current European average. The use of ammonia refrigeration systems along with modern system design and controls will be key to achieving this. Ongoing performance monitoring and optimization has also been shown to deliver CO2 and financial savings in the temperature-controlled warehouse sector.

Day 5: Cooling and heating for food and beverage production and
district cooling/heating


The final topic of the event was cooling and heating for food and beverage production, district cooling/heating. The four different presentations highlighted the use of thermal ice storage in cooling systems as well as the importance of heat pumps and the opportunities they bring.
The move away from gas and coal to electrically driven heating will be a key step to achieving net zero in towns and cities. Examples of large heat pumps systems using river water and waste process heat from food factories were presented along with systems that are at the planning stages. To achieve net zero, thousands of these systems will need to be installed between now and 2050.

The Symposium consensus was that Covid had provided a break, enabling everybody to begin again with building a better tomorrow, to work towards a future marked by reductions in energy consumption and the emission of global warming gases such as carbon dioxide. The growing interest in net-zero emissions was reflected in the event’s lively discussions and large number of participants: more than 16 exciting speeches, subsequent discussions and around 400 participants, who greatly enhanced the virtual Symposium 2021.

About eurammon e.V.


eurammon e. V. is a registered association in which companies, institutions and individuals committed to the increased use of natural refrigerants have joined forces. As a centre of competence for the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration technology, the association sees its task as providing a platform for information and exchange and increasing the level of awareness and acceptance of natural refrigerants. The aim is to promote their use in the interest of a healthy environment and thus to further develop sustainable management in refrigeration. eurammon provides comprehensive information to experts, politicians and the general public on all aspects of natural refrigerants and is available to all interested parties as a competent contact. For users and planners of refrigeration projects, eurammon provides concrete project experience as well as extensive information material and advises them on all questions related to planning, approval and operation of refrigeration systems. eurammon e. V. was founded as an initiative in 1996 and registered as an association in 2018. The association is open to companies and institutions in the field of natural refrigerants, but also to individuals, for example from science and research.

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eurammon Symposium 2021

The natural path to net zero emissions:
eurammon Symposium 2021

Frankfurt, 13 April 2021 - From 14 to 18 June 2021, the annual key event for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry will take place: the eurammon Symposium. Due to the current Corona situation, but also due to the great success in 2020, the symposium will again be held in digital form.

The natural path to net-zero emissions

This year, the 2021 symposium will feature online lectures and panel discussions focusing on questions about the natural path to net-zero emissions. After all, energy consumption levels for refrigeration and air-conditioning are expected to double by 2030.  The core issue to be addressed by the symposium is how efficient, climate-friendly cooling can support the energy sector's transition to net-zero emissions.

"Last year, over the course of six days, around 500 participants – politicians, international organisations, operators, planners, plant engineers – and 15 experts took part virtually in the first digital edition of the eurammon Symposium, more individuals than ever before. Of course, this was also due to the digital format, which enabled easy participation without the complications and expense of travel. With the Corona pandemic still on our minds, we are again pleased to be hosting a digital Symposium with as many participants as possible," says Rob Lamb of Star Refrigeration Ltd., chairman of the Steering Committee of eurammon e.V.

Efficient refrigeration, air conditioning and RACHP trainings

International experts will be discussing how natural refrigerants can help meet increased environmental demands. The Symposium will also address important issues such as how to reduce energy with efficient refrigeration/air-conditioning technology, training in the field of natural refrigerants and RACHP, cooling and heating for food and beverage production, as well as topics on all facets of district cooling/heating  – in some cases using specific case studies.

"Top-class speakers have already agreed to come. For example, Jelle Wagemans from Evapco Europe BVBA will deal with the topic of ice storage in food production and office buildings and present specific solutions. Tine Frederiksen, Danfoss A/S, will be presenting "Energy, data monitoring and control in supermarkets. These two and other exciting experts will be joining us in taking a look at the challenges ahead and the solutions that already exist," Lamb explains. In hosting this event featuring the selected speakers, eurammon e.V. intends to convey a holistic view of net-zero emissions and with this year's Symposium again offer an exciting platform for discussion and exchange.

About eurammon e.V.

eurammon e. V. is a registered association in which companies, institutions and individuals committed to the increased use of natural refrigerants have joined forces. As a centre of competence for the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration technology, the association sees its task as providing a platform for information and exchange and increasing the level of awareness and acceptance of natural refrigerants. The aim is to promote their use in the interest of a healthy environment and thus to further develop sustainable management in refrigeration. eurammon provides comprehensive information to experts, politicians and the general public on all aspects of natural refrigerants and is available to all interested parties as a competent contact. For users and planners of refrigeration projects, eurammon provides concrete project experience as well as extensive information material and advises them on all questions related to planning, approval and operation of refrigeration systems. eurammon e. V. was founded as an initiative in 1996 and registered as an association in 2018. The association is open to companies and institutions in the field of natural refrigerants, but also to individuals, for example from science and research.

www.eurammon.com

Press contact
eurammon Contact

eurammon e.V.
Dr. Karin Jahn
Lyoner Strasse 18
D-60528 Frankfurt am Main
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+49 (0)69 6603-1277

Press contact

Kontx Kommunikation GmbH
Bettina Gebhardt
Bockenheimer Landstraße 31
D-60325 Frankfurt am Main
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+49 (0)69 170071-67

eurammon Presskit

eurammon – where Natural Refrigerants are Passion

October 2020 | eurammon at the Chillventa eSpecial

International experts from the natural refrigeration community came together at the Chillventa. The world’s leading trade fair for refrigeration technology took place as a fully digital event – eurammon being present as both exhibitor and Lecture Event organiser.

Frankfurt, 21 October 2020 – From 13th to 15th October, experts from the international refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation, and heat pump community gathered at the Chillventa, the world’s leading trade fair for refrigeration technology. This year, the trade fairtook place as a fully digital event: the Chillventa eSpecial. eurammon played an important part in the Chillventa eSpecial programme by holding a lecture event with four renown speakers on 14th October – eurammon’s chairman Bernd Kaltenbrunner moderating the event. 

You can find the abstracts of Arno Kaschl (European Commission), Barbara Gschrey (Öko-Recherche Büro für Umweltforschung und -beratung), Rodica Ivan (United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO), and Grant K. Laidlaw (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy South Africa ACRA) here.

October 2020 | eurammon Natural Refrigeration Award 2020

The association eurammon has once again selected three outstanding scientific theses for the Natural Refrigeration Award 2020. eurammon vice chair Monika Witt honoured the three researchers with the Natural Refrigeration Award 2020 and moderated through the ceremony, which was held digitally for the first time this year.

Frankfurt, 13 October 2020 – For the eighth time in a row, eurammon had the honour to select three outstanding scientific theses for the eurammon Natural Refrigeration Award 2020. Together with the International Academy of Refrigeration (IAR), the Representative office in Kazakhstan and the trade journal cci dialog GmbH, eurammon presented Benjamin Zühlsdorf, Maaike Leichsenring and Fabio Giunta with the Natural Refrigeration Award 2020.

The award ceremony was held digitally for the first time on 9th October 2020, where the three talented researchers seized the opportunity to present their theses to an international expert audience. «We are proud to support young scientific talent in their endeavour to shape the future of the natural refrigeration world», says Monika Witt, eurammon vice chair and moderator of the digital award ceremony. In addition to being honoured with the Natural Refrigeration Award 2020, the three winners were presented with a prize money of € 5,000.

You can find the abstracts of the three winners Benjamin Zühlsdorf, Maaike Leichsenring, and Fabio Giunta here.

July 2020 | eurammon Symposium 2020

Politicians, international organizations, operators, planners, system engineers – all came together virtually for the first digital edition of the eurammon Symposium 2020. Over 500 participants have attended the Symposium over the course of six days, listening to international experts discussing heat pumps with natural refrigerants and the associated possibilities for waste heat recovery.

Fifteen international experts have shown that natural refrigerants contribute to meeting the increased ecological requirements, giving insights into current legislation and technical regulations, as well as discussing new solutions regarding heat pumps with natural refrigerants. In the following you will find four abstracts of key presentations held at the eurammon Symposium 2020.

August 2017 | Award Winners Honoured at the eurammon Symposium in Schaffhausen

Every two years, eurammon rewards young scientists for pioneering research in the field of natural refrigerants. This year, the Natural Refrigeration Award prize of €5,000 was awarded with support from the Technical University Braunschweig and the Czech trade journal Chlazení. The prizes were awarded to the three winners on 22 June 2017 during the eurammon Symposium, where they were also able to present and discuss their research work and results relating to the use of natural refrigerants such as ammonia and CO2 with the international expert audience at the symposium. 

July 2017 | Natural Refrigerants: Small Applications with Great Potential

The eurammon Symposium 2017 was held in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on 22nd and 23rd of June, 2017. The speakers gave altogether ten lectures on current trends and developments in refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, with a special emphasis on "Small Applications < 200 kW with Natural Refrigerants". As in previous years, the lecture event was fully booked with about 70 participants from 16 countries. "The European F-Gases Regulation and the Kigali agreement have brought natural refrigerants more than ever into the focus of the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry", explained Bernd Kaltenbrunner, Chairman of eurammon. "The growing demand for the classic large applications is currently also accompanied by a trend to using natural refrigerants in smaller plants with capacity of less than 200 kW – not just in refrigeration plants but also in heat pumps and air-conditioning systems", said Kaltenbrunner. Besides legal framework conditions and safety aspects, the key symposium topic also illustrated pioneering application examples. A special emphasis was placed on small applications with hydrocarbons such as propane.

March 2017 | Far Ahead in the Field of Life Cycle Costs

From the CFC ban and the Kyoto protocol to the EU regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases – more and more national and international laws are limiting the use of refrigerants that are harmful to the climate. Against this background, operators are confronted with the increasingly urgent question of the ecological and economical characteristics of refrigeration methods. With an ODP of 0 and a GWP between 0 and 3, natural refrigerants are particularly environment-friendly, and also a safe option for the users – no use restrictions are to be expected for the foreseeable future.

At first glance, the initial investment costs for systems using natural refrigerants often look off-puttingly high – but they should always be considered in context: A detailed analysis of the life cycle costs shows that natural refrigerants are also often the best choice in terms of economy. eurammon member Rob Lamb, marketing director at Star Refrigeration Ltd., explains in detail what the important factors are for an economic calculation.