GUIDE UNIDO 2013 - Natural Solutions for Developing Countries

Published: 18 November 2013
Lead authors: Nina Masson,  Marc Chasserot,  Huiting Jia
Size: 8.83 MB
Number of pages: 84
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and shecco have published a GUIDE supporting the transition away from ozone-depleting substances to natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. It presents results from the UNIDO ATMOsphere Technology Summit, two global surveys, and 50+ case studies.

The GUIDE UNIDO supports economies in transition and developing countries looking for safe, cost-effective and technically viable natural solutions to replace ozone-depleting substances in the heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam-blowing sectors. Its ultimate objective is to share relevant experiences with ammonia, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, water and air in the current phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in Article 5 countries under the Montreal Protocol.


Jointly researched and published by UNIDO and shecco, the GUIDE is based on two pillars:


1) UNIDO ATMOsphere Technology Summit: Experiences shared and lessons learnt from the conference held on 3-4 June 2013 at the UNIDO headquarters in Vienna. The event focused on technology solutions for the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors, as well as for the foam sector. It brought together 150 National Ozone Officers, ministry representatives, component and system suppliers, end-users, academics and non-governmental associations to actively discuss the technical, commercial and social viability of natural refrigerants and foams.


2) Global Survey: An online survey jointly launched by UNIDO and shecco addressed stakeholder groups involved in the HCFC phase-out in developing countries and economies in transition. It received responses from 82 countries. This survey was important in capturing and computing the opinions and trends amongst different stakeholders throughout the entire globe.


Welcome Messages by UNIDO & shecco
Introduction: The Future will bring greater Focus on Natural Substances
About this GUIDE
Natural Refrigerants & Foam-Blowing Agents
Success Stories of Natural Substances
UNIDO ATMOsphere Technology Summit
Barriers for the Uptake of Natural Substances & How to adress them
Case Studies
Summary & Conclusions
Authors & Contact Information

Nina Masson view profile

Deputy MD / Lead Author

Nina holds two Masters’ degrees in Business Management and in Environmental Management. After serving in a communications role for global energy supplier Norsk Hydro, she has, for the last 9 years, been working in the field of environmental technologies, where she has developed special expertise on natural refrigerants. Today, she is mostly active in business development for market intelligence and consultancy services, as well as special projects and publications. She has been drafting and supervising global studies on behalf of United Nations agencies, including UNEP and UNIDO, as well as served as project coordinator for various EU projects. Nina is Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Marc Chasserot view profile

Managing Director / Publisher

Marc Chasserot is a specialist in natural refrigerants with over 15 years experience in the HVAC&R sector. In 2006, Marc founded the industry leading website for CO2 cooling and heating experts worldwide, called This was followed by three additional platforms for hydrocarbons, water and ammonia. Since 2007 Marc is co-founder and Managing Director of shecco, an independent market accelerator specialised in bringing Natural Refrigerants 'faster to market', working with numerous companies worldwide. Marc has also chaired and organised several international conferences to discuss 'how to bring natural refrigerants' faster to market, known as 'ATMOsphere'. He is an active member of ASHRAE.

Huiting Jia view profile

Contributing writer

Huiting holds two Masters’ degrees in Development Studies and International Relations from Groningen University, Netherlands and Uppsala University, Sweden. With a background in EU policy, politics, and the Chinese economy, her expertise is in providing tailored analysis of key trends and developments, and assisting clients to optimise their strategy in target HVAC&R markets.


Alexandra Maratou view profile

Lead author

Environmental and energy issues are the drive and focus in what Alexandra Maratou does. After studying Environmental and Resource Economics at University College London, Alexandra was a research assistant at the Electricity Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge, UK. Following that, she worked as an intern at Cabinet Dimas, Commissioner for the Environment at the European Commission before joining shecco as Deputy Public Affairs Manager.

Janaina Topley Lira view profile

International Editor

Janaina holds a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and has a broad understanding of the environment arena, with specialist knowledge of climate change related issues. Prior to joining shecco, she worked in communications, research and policy analysis in the NGO sector. Now managing shecco’s media and publications department, Janaina develops and delivers marketing and communications campaigns to promote climate friendly HVAC&R technologies.

Franziska Menten view profile

Managing Director beatPlus GmbH

Franziska holds a Master's degree in Business and Economics from Humboldt University in Berlin and a degree in Management from Bordeaux Business School. Sustainable management has been the focus of her studies, as well as one of her personal interests. She has over five years of professional experience in the field of environmental issues with a concentration in natural refrigerants. As the Events Manager at shecco, she is responsible for organising international conferences under the brand name ATMOsphere around the world, including in Brussels, Washington D.C., Bangkok and Tokyo. For the organisation of these conferences and workshops, she has also worked closely with UN agencies and the EU institutions as well as hundreds of industry leading and pioneering companies in HVAC&R.

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