At the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which runs from November 30 to December 12 in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, representatives of ATMOsphere will support the global adoption of clean cooling and heating technologies with natural refrigerants alongside the launch of the Global Cooling Pledge.
The Global Cooling Pledge is a voluntary pledge that will be presented to representatives of the attending countries on Cooling Day – December 5 – and aims at highlighting the cooling sector in the negotiations of the parties to the UNFCCC, raising awareness on its emissions and its fundamental role in halting climate change. It represents the first time cooling will be spotlighted at a COP event.
ATMOsphere will hold two dedicated events at the Ozone Cool Zone, organized by the Ozone Secretariat to the Montreal Protocol, located in the Blue Zone, Thematic Area 3 – Energy Transition – Pavilion 88. The company will spotlight its new 2023 Market Report on the natural refrigerants industry.
On December 2, from 3:15 to 4:15 pm (local time), the event “Clean Cooling and Heating: Best Practices with Natural Refrigerants” will convene experts from ATMOsphere, GEA Heating & Refrigeration Technologies (Kenneth Hoffmann, Application Manager – Heat Pumps) and Güntner (Michael Freiherr, Managing Director). They will explore heating and cooling solutions based on natural refrigerants as truly future-proof technologies that can be adopted worldwide, elaborating on the latest regulatory efforts tackling fluorinated substances.
On December 5, Cooling Day, from 1:45 to 2:15 pm (local time), in a short “energizer” talk on “Clean Cooling and Heating: Best Practices with Natural Refrigerants” Marc Chasserot, CEO at ATMOsphere, will elaborate on the need to scale up heating and cooling solutions based on natural refrigerants worldwide.
The Global Cooling Pledge, led by the COP28 host, the United Arab Emirates, is designed to make equipment like air conditioners, deep freezers and heat pumps more affordable, especially in developing countries, while reining in planet-warming emissions from the sprawling cooling sector.
In fact, cooling not only consumes large amount of power, but current technologies are also heavily dependent on halogenated refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer, increase global warming and persist in our environment and bodies. The Global Cooling pledge asks countries to commit to “reducing cooling-related emissions across all sectors by at least 68% globally relative to 2022 levels by 2050.”
ATMOsphere is one of the official supporters of the Montreal Protocol Ozone Cool Zone pavilion in the Blue Zone, the area where negotiators will discuss the text to be adopted at the end of the conference.