ATMOsphere America 2015 International Workshop Summary Report

Published: 22 July 2015
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Number of pages: 72
ATMOsphere America returned to the United States for its fourth year, gathering more than 300 HVAC&R industry experts on 25 & 26 June in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the latest technology and trends driving the adoption of natural refrigerants in North America.

ATMOsphere America – The Business Case for Natural Refrigerants returned to the United States for the fourth time on 25&26 June 2015, and made its way south to premier in Atlanta, Georgia.


Bringing together more than 300 participants and over 65 international speakers from every facet of the HVAC&R industry, including government representatives, technology providers and end-users, who presented the latest trends in natural refrigerants in and around North America, the conference offered an exciting and varied array of coverage from light commercial, commercial and industrial refrigeration applications to heat pumps and energy incentives, and even highlighted some new applications for natural refrigerants.


The Market Opportunities Session and Food Retail Panel offered insights into HVAC&R market demand and best practices from end users such as McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company and Whole Foods Market. The Training Panel addressed what many view as the most significant barrier to the adoption of natural refrigerant technologies, while the New Applications Case Studies highlighted that natural refrigerants are more applicable than ever.


To complement the plethora of case studies and panel discussions, Platinum and Gold Sponsors Hillphoenix, Bitzer, Hussmann and Mayekawa organised site visits and a training session before and after ATMOsphere America. The day before the event kicked off, Hillphoenix offered a technology symposium, Bitzer organised two compressor seminars at its manufacturing campus near Atlanta, and Hussmann offered a tour of its new product display centre. Mayekawa hosted a post-event training session, which covered a natural refrigerant overview, different types of systems and steps toward success.


Policy Developments
Market Trends
Commercial Refrigeration
Light Commercial Refrigeration
Industrial Refrigeration
New Applications

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.

Robert Davidson view profile

Junior Analyst, Market Development

Robert Davidson is the holder of a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.  An interest in the future of energy led him to shecco where he works as a junior analyst in shecco’s business development department. As a Junior Analyst he works in identifying trends in natural refrigerants and helping clients optimise their strategy in the HVAC&R market.

Michael Garry view profile

North American Editor
Accelerate America

Michael Garry is a business journalist with a 30-year track record. Most recently, he led the coverage of sustainability, technology and logistics at Supermarket News for more than 11 years. He is well known among retailers, suppliers, technology vendors and trade groups throughout the North American food retailing and consumer goods industries.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of M.I.T. with a degree in political science, he has written his first book, "Game of My Life – New York Mets", which will be published in March 2015; in it, 25 baseball players recall their most memorable game.

James Ranson view profile

Editor Australia

Klára Skačanová view profile

Deputy Manager, Market Development

Klara holds a Masters' degree in International Relations from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia and has a background in European studies and international economic relations. Before joining shecco, she worked at the European Commission and a small business association. At her current position, Klara coordinates team activities in shecco's Business Development department, including for market research, public affairs and international project services. She is an expert on following legislative developments with an impact on the heating and cooling industry at national, European and international level, and informs decision-makers about the latest trends in the field of natural refrigerants.

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.

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