shecco launches first comprehensive report on natural refrigerants in Japan

29 June 2016

shecco is proud to announce the publication of its latest regional report, which looks at current and future use of natural refrigerants in Japan. The ‘GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants in Japan – State of the Industry 2016’ analyses key market, technology and policy trends for natural refrigerants, focusing on key sectors like commercial and industrial refrigeration.

The GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants in Japan is an easy-to-access reference guide to the current and future market potential of refrigeration, heating and cooling solutions working with carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons, water and air as refrigerants in Japan and beyond. 

The GUIDE identifi­es best-practice technology case studies across Japan and successful business cases in export markets. It also features technology and market maps. Presenting market forecasts per application and refrigerant, it delivers unique perspectives to a targeted audience of Japanese and foreign policymakers, industry leaders and end users worldwide.

Highlights of the GUIDE

The first dedicated publication showcasing Japanese innovations for natural refrigerants features the following: 

  • Market maps & Infographics: The market for natural refrigerants is particularly dynamic in the GUIDE’s four key focus sectors – light commercial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration, industrial refrigeration and heat pumps. To illustrate market penetration and the growth rate of HFC-free equipment in these sectors, the GUIDE draws from market maps and infographics. Among the highlights is an infographic portraying the dramatic adoption of CO2 and hydrocarbons for vending machine equipment, where natural refrigerants currently account for over 50% of the market with 2.5 million HFC-free units currently in the field. In addition, market maps show the location of 1,500+ CO2 transcritical stores as well as key export markets for NH3/CO2 secondary systems, over 1,000 units of which are already used in Japan. 
  • Market and policy analysis & Comparison with global trends: The GUIDE examines the key market, policy and technology trends for natural refrigerants in Japan, while outlining the developments and achievements of other countries or regions. The comparison helps to identify areas where Japan excels or where it needs to catch up in order to remain competitive. 
  • Industry survey: To gather the most recent data and qualitative feedback, shecco ran an industry-wide survey among Japanese HVAC&R experts. The survey revealed and confirmed some of the key trends today and for the future market for natural refrigerants. 83% of those that currently use natural refrigerant products or services expect their use or provision to increase in the future – this is a clear indication that Japanese industry will continue to exploit and broaden the potential of natural refrigerants.

More information

The GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants in Japan is now available to download for free at and


Press Release: Guide to Natural Refrigerants in Japan - State of the Industry 2016