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. 

Güntner U.S. Joins The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council As A Gold Member

Rolling Meadows, Illinois— Güntner U.S. has joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) as a gold member. The NASRC is an action-oriented 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to overcoming the barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarket applications.

Natural refrigerants, which include carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, offer future-proof solutions to increasing refrigerant regulations at the state, federal, and global levels. In addition to regulatory compliance, natural refrigerants also offer flexibility for the future, environmental sustainability, and in some cases energy efficiency benefits which lead to cost savings.

However, natural refrigerants are not widely adopted throughout the commercial refrigeration industry due to a unique set of barriers, including high upfront costs, slow-moving codes and standards reform, and a lack of available service technicians who are trained in natural refrigerants. NASRC works with Güntner U.S. and their other member organizations to directly address those barriers.

“Our mission at Güntner US is to provide innovative and high-quality heat exchanger products which are tailored to the specific needs of our customers. We are strong believers in the need for natural refrigerant applications in all retail and industrial markets and are proud to join NASRC.”

-Miguel Garrido, Güntner U.S. President

Güntner U.S. is part of the international global Güntner group, a component manufacturer of coolers, evaporators, air-cooled condensers, dry coolers, adiabatic coolers/condensers, and evaporative condensers for commercial refrigeration, industrial refrigeration, HVAC, and energy & process cooling applications.

Güntner has been an international leader for natural refrigerant technologies, and is well-known for their heat exchangers, which are designed to operate with natural refrigerants.

“Rapidly changing markets and regulatory updates demands strong cooperation with trustful experts to guarantee the reliability and life cycle of refrigeration equipment using all natural refrigerants. Güntner guarantees long-term partnership with our customers and joining NASRC further supports this effort.”

-John Gallaher, Business Development Manager of Güntner U.S.

In addition to manufacturers and suppliers like Güntner U.S., NASRC members include service contractors, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and over half of the supermarket locations in the United States.

 “We are very excited to welcome Güntner U.S. to our network of industry leaders. As a global advocate for natural refrigerant technologies, their expertise will be of great value to our work to address the barriers of natural refrigerants.” 

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of NASRC

For a complete list of NASRC members, click here.

More information about Güntner U.S. is available at

R3 Retail Development Joins the NASRC as A Silver Member

Camas, Washington—R3 Retail Development, an efficiency-oriented consulting firm, has joined the NASRC as a silver member. R3 Retail Development’s services include energy management, design, construction project management, building commissioning, and equipment supply. In 2018, they were named a Top 10 Energy Management Solutions Provider in the U.S. by Energy CIO Insights Magazine.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization who works with over 100 commercial refrigeration stakeholders to overcome the unique barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in commercial food retail applications.

R3 Retail Development has designed refrigeration and controls systems for the supermarket and light industrial industries for many years, and embraces new technologies that benefit long term sustainability for businesses and the health of the planet. 

“The transition of the industry back to natural refrigerants is a major step forward in the supermarket and cold storage industries to help reduce harmful effects on our environment. With HCFC and HFC refrigerants being phased out and becoming cost prohibitive, we work closely with our customers and vendors to evaluate natural refrigerant options to meet current corporate financial and sustainability objectives and mitigate future risk associated with refrigerant choice.”

-Rick Ferguson, Chief Engineer and Co-Owner of R3 Retail Development

Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, offer many benefits to commercial food retailers, including flexibility for the future, regulatory compliance, and in some cases energy efficiency gains.

Despite their benefits, the supermarket industry has been slow to adopt natural refrigerants due to unique hurdles to adoption, including high upfront cost, out of date codes and standards, and a lack of trained service technicians.  

NASRC works directly with their members to tackle these barriers head-on through actionable solutions. In addition to R3 Retail Development, NASRC members include service contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and over half of the supermarket locations in the United States. 

“It’s great to have R3 Retail Development join us in our work to overcome the barriers preventing the adoption of natural refrigerants by supermarkets. Their unique expertise touches on all facets of the industry and will no-doubt be a great value-add to our work.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

More information about R3 Retail Development is available at

Supermarket Industry Leaders Form Environmental Nonprofit for Natural Refrigerants

Environmental leaders from all sectors of the supermarket refrigeration industry today announced a new nonprofit, the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC). NASRC’s mission is to help the supermarket industry transition to natural refrigerants, which are more ozone and climate friendly than traditional refrigerants.