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Dorin Joins the NASRC as A Silver Member

Compiobbi, Italy— Officine Mario Dorin, has joined the NASRC as a silver member. Dorin is a 100 year old company (established in 1918), and is still run by the Dorin family. The company has worked in the refrigeration industry since 1932, and began to manufacture semi-hermetic compressors in 1957. Today, compressors are the core to their business and are used in a wide variety of applications, including the food retail, transportation, agricultural, and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.

Dorin began to develop compressors for CO2 transcritical systems in 1991, and has since contributed to tremendous progress of CO2 refrigeration. Today, the company has over 60,000 Dorin CO2 compressors in operation around the world. Dorin has also actively contributed technical support to define engineering standards for CO2 throughout Europe. More recently, Dorin has begun to expand their presence in the U.S. market, where CO2 continues to be a large part of their business.

“The USA and North American markets are becoming more and more interested in natural refrigeration following the global trends of reduction of GWP of refrigerants. We have decided to invest in the North American market because we believe that our customers have the right to have closer support, especially now with the rise of CO2 as a refrigerant. Therefore, the establishment of Dorin USA LLC is the natural step to show our commitment to the American market players.”

-Giovanni Dorin, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for Dorin

Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, have extremely low global warming potentials (GWPs), and as a result are considered “climate-friendly.” Recent regulations at the global, federal, and state levels have caused more supermarkets to consider natural refrigerant technologies.

However, only a small percentage of the U.S. market has adopted natural refrigerant equipment due to a unique set of market barriers, including upfront costs, lack of trained service contractors, and uncertainties around lifecycle costs. The NASRC works directly with Dorin and over 120 other industry stakeholders to address and remove these barriers. 

 “Dorin has shown great leadership in advancing natural refrigerants worldwide. We are very excited to leverage their expertise to accelerate progress in North America.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

In addition to manufacturers like Dorin, NASRC members represent other commercial refrigeration industry stakeholders, including service contractors, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and over 22,000 supermarket locations in North America.

More information about Dorin is available at www.dorin.com.

NASRC Member Discount: ATMOsphere America, 2019

NASRC members: Get $100 off of your ATMOsphere America conference ticket with the code NASRC!

This year’s conference will bring new and refreshed features enhancing the content, business case and networking aspects with a special emphasis on end user and contractor presentations.

The NASRC will be co-hosting a food retail panel at the conference to discuss end-users’ experience with planning, installation, and performance of different natural refrigerant systems.  Click here to learn more and see the draft program.

Key features and benefits of ATMO America 2019 include:

  • Free admission for industry end users and contractors

  • Travel fund of up to $1,000 for first-time end users

  • Best Practice Sessions: Private sessions for end users only, for end users to learn and share in confidence

  • End User Advisory Committee: Leading end users working with ATMO America to create an even better and more relevant content

  • Compact, 2-day program jam-packed with market trends, technology and policy sessions, panel discussions, keynotes, networking events, site visits, workshops and more

We hope to see you there!

New Commercial Track Addresses Growing Need for Technical Resources

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Phoenix, Arizona – For the first time ever, the 2019 IIAR Natural Refrigerants Conference and Expo included a new Commercial and Food Retail track, developed in partnership with the NASRC. This new educational program featured technical papers, panels, and workshop presentations. The track brought new attendees from the supermarket sector, including national and regional chain retailers, service contractors, and equipment manufacturers.  

“IIAR’s emphasis on technical research and unique, data-driven content are well positioned to support the needs of the commercial sector. We received very positive feedback from supermarket stakeholders that see the benefit in this type of educational program.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

The new Commercial and Food Retail track represents an expansion of IIAR’s traditional focus and expertise in industrial refrigeration. While the industrial sector has in-depth experience with ammonia, natural refrigerants still represent less than 1% of supermarket installations. As regulations drive the adoption of more environmentally friendly technologies, the need for education and technical resources is expected to grow.

“In recent years, the refrigeration industry has benefited from new technological advancements that are making the use of natural refrigerants feasible in both commercial and industrial sectors of our industry. IIAR has taken a leadership role in addressing this change through expanding our annual conference to create a broader educational program and more networking opportunities for attendees from the traditional food processing and cold storage industry to the food retail sectors of our markets. This program offers a great opportunity for our IIAR and NASRC members to share new technology, new operational demands across both sectors and improve safety and efficiency throughout the refrigeration industry.”

-Dave Rule, President of IIAR

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is an international trade association who has historically focused on the safe and efficient use of ammonia as a refrigerant, primarily used in industrial applications. In the last decade, IIAR has expanded their mission to include all natural refrigerants in new applications such as food processing, cold storage, and food retail sectors. More recently they have introduced initiatives focused on carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, which incorporate the commercial refrigeration sector.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization spearheading efforts to eliminate the barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets. Our network of members is composed of leaders from the supermarket industry, including major manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment, service contractors, design and engineering firms, utilities, trade associations, and over 22,000 supermarket locations in North America.

In 2020, the IIAR conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, March 15-18. The conference will again feature a commercial track and exposition for heavy equipment.

“We are honored to have partnered with IIAR on the launch of this commercial track, and look forward to supporting its growth in future years”, said Wright.

For more details on the 2019 IIAR Commercial and Food Retail Track, including session descriptions and presenters, click here.

NASRC Launches NEW Naturally Cool Movement to Raise Natural Refrigerant Awareness

The NASRC is excited to announce the launch of a new environmentally-focused movement called Naturally Cool, which is designed to raise awareness about natural refrigerants and the environment.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on taking action to eliminate the barriers preventing the adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets. Natural refrigerants, including ammonia, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons, are climate-friendly alternatives to commonly-used hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, which have been identified as the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Project Drawdown, which compiled 100 data-driven solutions to reverse global warming, named refrigerant management the number one global climate solution. Despite the global impact and importance of this topic, there has been a remarkable lack of attention and exposure around this topic and natural refrigerants. As a result, support for the industry to transition to climate-friendly natural refrigerants has been limited.

“Over the past three years, we’ve received tremendous support from supermarket industry stakeholders, who have been the driving force behind our accomplishments to date. What we’ve realized is that a lack of awareness of natural refrigerants outside of the industry is slowing our impact. We’re trying to change that with Naturally Cool.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

Though the NASRC has made great strides towards accomplishing our mission, our work has become increasingly urgent as more climate reports have warned that we are already experiencing catastrophic impacts of climate change, which are expected to intensify at a rate faster than any point in modern history if we do not act now. Furthermore, scientists have estimated that unless something changes, emissions from HFCs could contribute to a rise in global temperatures up to 0.5°C.

“We are running out of time to address the impact of refrigerants on the climate. We need to think and act bigger by leveraging broader support and awareness from the public to accelerate our progress and create new opportunities to expand support for the natural refrigerants and the industry.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

Read more about the Naturally Cool Movement and how to get involved here: http://nasrc.org/naturallycool.

What We've Accomplished: NASRC 2018 Annual Report

The NASRC is excited to share our 2018 Annual Report, which highlights some of the incredible progress we made with our members and partners.

2018 was our biggest and most rewarding year yet. We saw enormous growth in membership, which led to even more growth in impact. Together, we made great strides towards achieving our mission of overcoming the barriers preventing the widespread use of natural refrigerants. 

We hope you'll take the opportunity to explore and share our Annual Report, available here. This year, we look forward to building on the momentum we've created together to drive even more impactful results.