Climate Pros Inc. has joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a nonprofit taking action to address the hurdles of natural refrigerants in supermarket applications. Climate Pros is a contracting group specializing in commercial refrigeration, among many other things, who has actively prepared their technicians to work with natural refrigerants. Their training center in Chicago, Climate Pros University, is being remodeled to include a CO2 rack System trainer along with a Howe CO2 Ice Flaker and some CO2 coils for supermarket refrigeration.
“Climate Pros is committed to pursuing environmentally friendly solutions with natural refrigerants to help reduce our customers carbon footprint and do our part to protect the climate for our future,” says Todd Ernest, Founder and CEO of Climate Pros. “We are excited to be joining the NASRC and look forward to working together to promote a more sustainable future.”
Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide, ammonia, and hydrocarbons, are considered “climate-friendly” alternatives to traditional fluorocarbon refrigerants, which have been identified as the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Natural refrigerant technology also offers improved energy efficiency and often can save end-users money in the long run.
However, there are several unique challenges that are slowing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in the commercial sector, including availability of contractors and service technicians who are trained to service natural refrigerant-based systems and equipment. NASRC is spearheading efforts to overcome these barriers and ultimately create a more sustainable future for supermarket refrigeration. Climate Pros is sure to be an outstanding addition to their network of industry stakeholders.
“We are excited to welcome Climate Pros to our community,” says Danielle Wright, Executive Director of NASRC. “To position themselves as experts in this rapidly growing field, they need to have a seat at the table. They have made a choice to invest and will be at the forefront of this industry.”
NASRC and Climate Pros will work together on trainings, webinars, and other resources to benefit the supermarket community. In addition to service contractors, NASRC membership is composed of systems manufacturers, component manufacturers, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and end-users. NASRC end-user membership encompasses nearly 14,000 supermarket locations who will benefit from Climate Pros and other NASRC members who are committed to overcoming the barriers of natural refrigerants.