Güntner, a German heat exchanger manufacturer, has for the second time renewed the ATMO Approved Natural Refrigerants Label from ATMOsphere, a global market accelerator of clean cooling and heating solutions and publisher of R744.com.
ATMOsphere (formerly shecco) launched the label in June 2022 as a global gold standard highlighting best-in-class manufacturers of natural refrigerant systems and components around the world. Other recipients in 2023 included Fenagy, SCM Frigo, M&M Carnot, Zudek, TEKO, MIRAI Intex, Novum and Temprite. This month, hydrocarbon gas manufacturer GTS received the label and Secon renewed it for the second time.
In November 2023, ATMOsphere opened label registration for 2024 with a new category for contractors and installers who accelerate the adoption of natural refrigerant-based cooling and heating solutions. To date, contractors SURE Solutions and General Refrigeration have received the label.
The current label application period closes on January 31, 2024; it is renewed annually. Registration for the 2024 label can be found here, along with additional information.
“Maintaining our ATMO Approved label is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation in the field of natural refrigerants,” said Michael Freiherr, Managing Director of Güntner. “As a leading company in this sector, we prioritize environmental responsibility in every aspect of our operations. Our dedication to natural refrigerants demonstrates our role as a best-in-class leader in sustainable practices. This label reaffirms our position at the forefront of the industry, constantly striving for excellence in eco-friendly solutions.”
The label is designed to help qualified manufacturers to market products to new customers and regions in the natural refrigerants marketplace, including products using CO2 (R744). In addition, the label is meant to help end users to identify best-in-class suppliers.
Once approved, companies can place the ATMOsphere Natural Refrigerant Label in a myriad of places, such as directly on products, marketing material, email signatures, and company pitches and trade show booths.
“The label will be very visible in the global marketplace, and companies can take advantage of this to strengthen their brand,” noted Marc Chasserot, ATMOsphere Founder and CEO.
“By being global and multi-application, this label can help to create trust across the new applications and regions,” added Chasserot. “We want to use this multi-year label process to help move the market to cleaner solutions with natural refrigerant solutions over time.”
Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany-based Güntner is a manufacturer of gas coolers, condensers (including adiabatic), air coolers (evaporators), dry coolers and other products using CO2 (R744) and other natural refrigerants in commercial cooling and industrial refrigeration.
The company manufactures its cooling systems in plants across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and operates all over the world.
“We believe in the power of natural refrigerants and their potential to create a better world through safe and sustainable use,” says Güntner on its website. “For almost a century, natural refrigerants have been part of our business, and we have played a key role in spreading awareness of their benefits. We continue to test and explore their use in a state-of-the-art lab, and we strive to ensure that all our partners have the option to use them.”
To qualify for an ATMOsphere label, manufacturers have to demonstrate excellence across three pillars:
1) company vision;
2) customer satisfaction (measured via testimonials from multiple end users confirming the reliability, performance and service of these companies and products); and
3) measurable impact.
Oliver Heck, General Manager for German contractor HECK Kältetechnik, observed that Güntner’s direct evaporation cooling coils have “achieved the promised efficiencies. The technology has always been reliable, with good service and safety.”
The 2024 label will also include training criteria for the first time for new applications and renewals. “We want to recognize a proactive approach to training customers, partners, employees and suppliers to ensure we not only have the best-in-class equipment, but the best-in-class installation and maintenance of these systems,” Chasserot said.
Another 2024 label criterion centers around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), such as trifluoroacetic acid (TFA).
Recent research found significant levels of TFA – linked to the atmospheric breakdown of certain HFO and HFC refrigerants – in dust, drinking water and human blood in a study of households in Indiana (U.S.). The study characterized TFA as being part of the PFAS chemical family.
“The 2024 label criteria around PFAS acknowledges what companies are doing to ensure they are PFAS-free,” Chasserot said.
“ATMO-approved companies have the vision and leadership required to navigate the market today and help [companies] move away from PFAS and global-warming synthetic alternatives,” an ATMOsphere YouTube video says.
Additional new benefits added to the 2024 ATMO label include:
- an annual report for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors;
- end-user tours at major trade shows to meet approved companies;
- exclusive webinar targeting end users, consultants and contractors; and
- end-user case studies, showcasing best practices.
ATMOsphere has been active in the natural refrigerant space for nearly 20 years. During this time, the company has:
- published dozens of natural refrigerant-related market reports on market players, technologies, and solutions worldwide across multiple applications;
- hosted over 60 international natural refrigerant conferences, bringing together thousands of experts and hundreds of speakers over nearly 15 years, covering all the latest trends and players;
- written thousands of articles reporting on natural refrigerant companies and products in the industry;
- sent representatives to hundreds of trade shows around the world, meeting with natural refrigerant experts face-to-face (in addition to countless individual meetings outside official events).
“We feel that, as an independent player with a global mindset and a global presence, across all natural refrigerants and multiple applications, we are very well suited to provide this level of approval for the label,” explained Chasserot.
“Maintaining our ATMO Approved label is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation in the field of natural refrigerants.”Michael Freiherr, Managing Director of Güntner