ATMOsphere America 2013 - Summary Report of International Conference

Published: 08 July 2013
Lead authors: Janaina Topley Lira,  Marc Chasserot,  Franziska Menten
Size: 6.12 MB
Number of pages: 36
The North American Conference on Natural Refrigerants was held from June 17-19, 2013 in Washington DC. The ATMOsphere America 2013 report provides a comprehensive summary of the presentations and discussions featured at the conference.

The North American Conference on Natural Refrigerants was held from June 17-19, 2013 in Washington DC. Under the banner “The Business Case for Natural Refrigerants,” the event brought together around 200 industry experts from the HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) sector, including leading retailers, suppliers, engineering and consultancy firms and government representatives. The interactive forum, geared towards making natural refrigerant technology more visible to the global community, gathered presentations from over 40 speakers. It also included many networking opportunities, creating a unique space for fruitful discussions to further spur the uptake of natural refrigerant (CO2, ammonia, hydrocarbons, air, and water) technologies. 

State of the Industry
Supermarket End User Panel
Regulatory Issues & Standards
Supply Chain Panel
Industrial End User Panel
Technology Case Studies
Networking Reception Guest Speakers

Janaina Topley Lira view profile

Lead Author

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.

Marc Chasserot view profile

CEO / 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.

Franziska Menten view profile

Chief Events Officer

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.

Nina Masson view profile

Chief Market Development Officer / Publisher / 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 10 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).

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.

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